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If you're not buying recycled, you're not really recycling!
Recycling is more than collecting materials and separating them from the trash. To "close the recycling loop", new products must be made from the recyclables and then purchased by you, the consumer.
Buying recycled can save...
Making products from recycled materials reduces the need to cut down trees and drill for oil.
Less energy is needed to manufacture recycled products. It takes 95% less energy to make new aluminum from recycled aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials.
...clean air and water
Less air and water pollution is typically created when manufacturing products from recycled materials.
Materials that are recycled and made into new products do not go into the landfill.
...money and jobs
The recycling process creates many more jobs than does the landfilling or incinerating business.