Recycling saves energy, reduces garbage and helps to keep the environment clean. It helps both people and the environment. With the growing concern for the environment, many companies and households are recycling. Recycling 125 aluminum cans helps save enough energy to supply a home with power for a whole day. Only 33.4% of the waste produced in USA is recycled, so much more energy would be saved if everyone recycled.
Importance of Recycling
By recycling, we conserve the raw material that would have been used to make new products. This saves the resources and also protects the environment. Most raw materials for products are obtained from logging or mining; both processes contribute to environmental pollution and degradation. With recycling, there is less need for new raw material.
The energy required for manufacturing products from recycled material is considerably lower than that used for manufacturing from new material. It also saves the energy required to extract and process raw material.
Recycling reduces the buildup of garbage in the environment. If products are not recycled, they end up being disposed as garbage and taking up a lot of space on landfill sites.
Products Made from Recycled Goods
A company based in Los Angeles uses discarded nets to make skateboards. The nets are melted into tiny pellets that are used to make the skateboards that are 27 inches in length and 9 inches in width.
Even though used disposable diapers and sanitary pads are really disgusting, they can be used to make construction material such as tiles, fiber-based roofing and even vinyl siding. After sanitizing, machines are used to separate the wood pulp from the plastic. The wood pulp can be used to make oil filters, wallpaper and recycling paper; the plastic can be remanufactured into vinyl siding and roof shingles. What is left of the solid can be used in the creation of green energy.
A footwear startup in Los Angeles sells women’s flat shoes made from PET plastic yarn. The soles are carbon-free and their packaging is fully recyclable. Plastic bottles are first cleared of any labels and hot washed, then they are then processed into yarn. The yarn is treated into a soft, breathable and foot-friendly material which can be heated into the proper shape and fixed to the outsole and insole. Approximately 3 bottles are used to create one shoe.
Recycled plastic bottles are also used to make lamps and chandeliers. The plastic bottles are first cleaned and sandblasted, then they’re sculpted into decorative shapes. Even the plastic bottle tops can also be used in the process.
Necklaces, Bracelets and Beads
Upcycled plastic can be used to make bracelets, necklaces and beads. Designers are turning to recycled plastic for unique jewelry designs. They can also be made at home with some plastic bottles, a pair of scissors and heat.
Tires are one of the most problematic waste products. Fortunately, they can be broken down and remanufactured into storage baskets, chairs, coffee tables, rockers for children and decorative pieces.
Recycling doesn’t stop with plastic, aluminum and paper – you should recycle your electronics as well: old computers, cell phones, TV’s, etc. A lot of the materials that make up our electronics are valuable: silver, gold, titanium, copper, iron and more. When recycled by a professional service, these valuable materials can be removed and re-used. Just like electronics contain valuable materials, they also contain materials that are toxic to us: arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium and many more. Recycling electronics prevents these from ending up in a landfill where they will eventually leak out into the ecosystem, turning our air toxic, water toxic and harming our plant and animal life.