Sus­tain­abil­ity Tips

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Amer­i­cans are good at re­cy­cling, and any­one liv­ing in a ru­ral area is even more mo­ti­vated to re­cy­cle to re­duce trash fees. Those of us who sell scrap metal or do alu­minum re­cy­cling also know there are cash ben­e­fits. But re­cy­cling is only a part of the sus­tain­able equa­tion.

To make re­cy­cling eco­nom­i­cally vi­able we must “close the loop” and buy re­cy­cled. We’ve all seen re­cy­cled toi­let pa­per and pa­per tow­els in the mar­ket, but there are many more items we can buy.

Into leather? Some years ago Southwest Air­lines de­cided to re­duce their fuel con­sump­tion so they got rid of leather up­hol­stery be­cause of its weight. Loopt­works pur­chased the 80,000 leather seat cov­ers, and have been mak­ing beau­ti­ful purses, wal­lets, com­puter cases, and back­packs un­der their “Flight Col­lec­tion” brand.

Mov­ing Com­fort has fig­ured out how to make dis­carded cof­fee grounds into yarn, which they weave into fab­rics used in an ac­tive wear col­lec­tion. You can tech­ni­cally drink cof­fee and dress in it too.

PET is short for poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late, the most com­mon ther­mo­plas­tic poly­mer resin of the polyester fam­ily used in cloth­ing fibers and plas­tic bot­tles. Dakine takes re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles and makes back­packs, duf­fle bags, totes, tablet com­puter bags, and carry-ons.

Sev­eral brands of kitty lit­ter are made from re­cy­cled news­pa­pers. Just look on the bag and look for “made from post-con­sumer re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.”

Durable “plas­tic lum­ber” is made mostly from re­cy­cled plas­tic. It’s guar­an­teed for 50 years, is main­te­nance free, and al­lows for use of nor­mal wood-work­ing tools. It is the num­ber one choice for kid’s play­ground equip­ment, and ideal for the con­struc­tion of decks.

The next con­tainer of berries or eggs you grab at the gro­cery store may have started as old news­pa­pers— so buy those and avoid the Sty­ro­foam con­tain­ers.

Plas­tic tooth­brush han­dles now some­times come from re­cy­cled yo­gurt cups. Don’t worry, the bris­tles are al­ways new. Or look to buy bam­boo tooth­brushes.

Vol­com makes 100% re­cy­cled women’s swimwear from worn-out com­mer­cial fish­ing nets and other ny­lon fac­tory scrap. They’re a beau­ti­ful, durable, and won­der­fully sus­tain­able choice.

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