Environmentally-Friendly Products

As the world searches for ways to reduce global warming and all the negative effects on the environment, more and more people are seeing the importance of recycling. In all industrialized countries, the mechanisms for recycling are already in place so it’s very easy for people to go with the flow. While recycling has helped to conserve energy and the natural environment in a big way, there are always things that we can do to make it more efficient and effective. One way is to purchase environmentally friendly products.

According to research, up to 60 percent of the garbage in an average household trashcan can be recycled and the average household in the United Kingdom only recycles about 17 percent of their waste. How does one recycle better? Recycling should be viewed as a complete concept. Delivering metal cans to “cash for cans” programs and disposing paper in paper recycling bins is fantastic. However, people don’t always see how purchasing environmentally friendly products can help in the recycling cause. When buying products made from recycled materials, we are supporting an environmentally conscious organization and are further helping the recycling cause because the products can be easily recycled after they have been used.

The recycling process actually begins at the supermarket, so try to buy products that can be reused like rechargeable batteries and bottles instead of cans. Also, make it a point to buy products with less packaging because there's really no use for the fancy packaging, which usually ends up in the trash. As far as possible, try to reduce hazardous waste by opting for non-toxic products. It’s also a good idea to think about how the products can be recycled and reused before you purchase them.

Environmentally-friendly and Recycled Products

Some people claim that it’s hard to find environmentally-friendly products. Well, these products are actually not hard to find at all. The problem is more about how to recognize and understand all the various labels on the products. Let’s take a look.

  • Mobius Loop: This symbol indicates that the product is recyclable.
  • Mobius Loop with Percentage: This symbol is similar to the Mobius Loop but it tells the percentage of recycled materials found in the product.
  • Tidyman Symbol: This symbol means not to litter, and the product is to be disposed of carefully.
  • Green Dot: This symbol signifies that the manufacturer of the product has paid for the recycling and recovery costs.
  • European Ecolabel: This European symbol means that the product is manufactured in a way which is considered to be friendly to the environment.
  • Green Seal: Used in the United States, this symbol indicates that the product is manufactured in a way which is considered to be friendly to the environment.
  • Glass: This symbol indicates that the product is to be recycled in a bottle bank.
  • Aluminum: This symbol means that recyclable aluminum is used to manufacture the product.
  • Steel: This symbol means that recyclable steel is used to manufacture the product.

Plastics

It can be quite confusing to recycle plastics because there are so many types of plastics. The symbol for plastic recycling is represented by three separate arrows forming a triangle. In the center of the triangle is a number which stands for the plastic type. There are also some characters underneath the symbol to make it easier to recognize the type of plastic.

  • Polyethylene Terepthalate: It’s symbolized by the number “1” and the characters “PETE”
  • High Density Polythylene: It’s symbolized by the number “2” and the characters “HDPE”
  • PVC: It’s symbolized by the number “3” and the character “V”
  • Low Density Polythylene: It’s symbolized by the number “4” and the characters “LDPE”
  • Polypropylene: It’s symbolized by the number “5” and the characters “PP”
  • Polystyrene: It’s symbolized by the number “6” and the characters “PS”
  • All Other Resin and Multi-material: It’s symbolized by the number “7” and the word “OTHER”

Using Recycled Products to Build a House

Do you know that you can use recycled and recyclable materials to construct a house?

  • Pack tires with earth and to use them as bricks.
  • Recycled newspaper can be used to make cellulose insulation.
  • The framework of a building and the roof can be constructed with recyclable or recycled steel.
  • Make carpet material from plastic PET materials.
  • Cabinets, worktops, and drawers can be made from recycled wood.
  • Upon completion, the building can be decorated with reclaimed paint.