How to Buy Products Made From Recycled Materials

Concern for the environment is continuing to grow, and if you want to know how you can do your part, you can start by taking a trip to the grocery store. When you buy products made from recycled materials, you are supporting other environmentalists just like you who believe that we can save the planet by making wise consumer choices.

What Can be Made from Recycled Materials

Brands like Dixie and Solo, the makers of paper plates, cups, and eating utensils make it easy to buy recycled. The brands offer coupons often on their products, and non of their materials contain CFC’s, a hazardous material given off by Styrofoam.

Made from Recycled Materials LogoYou can find smaller cups and plates that are made partially from recycled materials, and you can rinse your plastic ware before placing it in the recycle bin so that it can be used again to make more plates, cups, and other picnic accessories.

If you are a coffee drinker and need to get your fix in the mornings, you can visit your local Starbucks to purchase your coffee in a partially recycled cup. The cup holders are also made from recycled paper, so you will be glad to know that you are doing your part to save the environment while you get your morning jolt.

Computer and Electronic Recycled Materials

You can even buy recycled when it comes to electronics. People purchase recycled computers all the time to find parts in the machines that are still suitable for use.

You can visit your local recycling center to find printers, ink cartridges, mouse pads, and keyboards that can be used again with a little refurbishing, and you can even take your empty cartridges to stores like Staples or Office Depot to get discounts on new office supplies.

Cellular phone companies, like Verizon and Sprint, may also take your used cellphones for charity events, or to restore them and use the parts for creating new models.

Recycled Materials Packaging

Of course, there are a number of health food stores where you can buy recycled items on every aisle. Places like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s package many of their products in recycled paper, and when you get ready to check out, you will most likely be asked if you want a paper or plastic bag. There are also shopping bags you can buy at the stores to use over and over, so that you can cut down on paper and plastic production.

If you want to know more about how to buy products made from recycled materials, you can visit sites like CalRecycle where you will find resources for all the items you want, whether you are trying to find a new art piece, need electronic items, or are looking for unique jewelry pieces.

Page Updated: March 18, 2017
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