Reusing or repurposing products is cost effective, besides being a green idea. When buying products, one needs to be choosy. Those products that are made from recycled material and which are recyclable themselves are preferable.
- Conserves natural resources
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the waste that goes to landfills and the amount of waste that is incinerated.
- Saves energy
- Creates jobs
Plastic doesn’t decompose, which makes it a problem for landfills. It’s best to check which kinds of plastic are accepted by recycling centres.
Plastic products are given different numbers for recycling purposes:
- #1 (PET) – bottles
- #2 (HDPE) – used in opaque packaging containers
- #3 (PVC) – used in toys and window blinds
- #4 (LDPE) – used in grocery bags
- #5 (PP) – used in yoghurt and butter tubs and baby bottles
- #6 (PS) – used in Styrofoam and CD cases
- #7 (O) – may be mixed plastics
So when green at heart, consider recycling.