12 Apr 2012

If recycling is the answer, we’re asking the wrong question

Yes, recycling is worth doing. But it takes a lot of resources to collect recycling, clean it, sort it, transport it (often across the world) to a reprocessor, melt it down or pulp it and make it into a new product.

What could be better than recycling? Let’s get back to basics with the waste hierarchy – reduce, reuse, recycle. Why does reduce come first? Well, right away you’re saving resources. Most of our recycling is packaging, plus office paper and newsprint. When it comes to packaging, the best thing for the environment is to use the least amount of packaging to do the job.

Why do we need packaging at all?
Read article and see bad examples

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