As a consumer, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are helping out with the closed loop process:
If you’ve read this far, you’re already miles ahead! Understanding the basic steps in the closed loop process helps influence your decisions when it comes to your purchases and recycling efforts. Once you better understand how the closed loop works, it will be easier to identify where it’s broken.
Next, try taking a closer look at your local recycling scene. Whether you check to make sure you’re only putting accepted items in your curbside bin, or you want to learn what your city does with its post-recycled material, the answers may surprise you.
Part of a closed loop-life style is making sure what you use ends up in the recycling stream rather than in the waste stream. Keep up with your curb side recycling efforts, and for items your local pick up doesn’t cover or if you’re just not sure, check out Earth911’s recycling directory to find your best local option.
Purchase Recycled Goods, When Possible
Sometimes products are made with recycled materials and you would never know. However, if given the choice, don’t forget to represent your part of the loop when it comes to greener purchases.
The more interest consumers show in products made with recycled materials, the more incentive manufacturers have to continue the trend.
A look at how True Reusable Bags helps close the loop:
Editor’s Note: Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. True Reusable Bags is one of these partners.