What Are Some Everyday Recyclable Products That We Can Buy?

What are some everyday recyclable products that we can buy? Learn what products you can buy that are easy to recycle, like milk jugs or fertilizer. Buying recyclable products is a great way to help the environment....

Buying recyclable products is a great way to help the environment. By buying items you won't throw away, items you can and will recycle, you are keeping unnecessary items from ending up in already overflowing landfills. Making the right choices at the store is the first step to making a difference for the planet.

One item to look for is recyclable plastics. Many items today come in plastic packaging, but only some plastics can be recycled. Tracy Herring, Supervisor for the City of Round Rock Environmental Services in Round Rock, Texas says, "When you are shopping, look for No. 1 and No. 2 plastics." This number can be found on the bottom of the container inside of a small triangle made of arrows, the symbol for recycling. With some products, you can choose between a plastic container and a container of another material. Herring says you should choose plastic. "An example I can give is orange juice jugs. Sometimes you can buy it in a plastic container or in wax-lined boxes. We cannot recycle the wax board. We can recycle the plastic jug container," she says. Not purchasing products that won't be recyclable is what is known as "pre-cycling" in the recycling world. Think about this the next time you are at the grocery store. It is also a good idea to pick products with the least amount of packaging. The less packaging there is, the less waste you produce.

With plastic materials, you can also consider reusing them if they are not recyclable. Most containers can be cleaned out and used to store other items. Many people will rinse food containers and use them over and over as containers to store leftovers, as an example. You will find many uses for plastic containers around your home.

Almost all paper products are recyclable. But, don't buy more paper than you need. Try to use both sides of a piece of paper. For example, if you print something at home, save the piece of paper when you no longer need it and reprint documents on the back or use it as scrap paper for writing lists. You can also buy paper that is made of post-consumer materials, that is it has already been recycled.

When purchasing household cleansers and/or pesticides, try to choose those that do not contain harmful chemicals that can damage the environment. "When you are buying cleaners you might want to try those that are more environmentally friendly; things with no phosphates. Just read the label. Same thing when buying pesticides or herbicides for your yard, you might want to check to make sure that it is environmentally friendly," says Herring. Some cleaners and other household products contain ingredients that will harm the environment. By choosing those that won't cause harm, you help keep things cleaner and safer. Those materials will also biodegrade, not hang around for a long time like some chemicals can do. Keeping chemicals out of your household supplies helps keep the air and the water safe and healthy.

Purchasing recyclable or earth-friendly products and materials makes recycling easy and you won't mind doing it. And, if everyone recycled, we could really make a difference for the environment.

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