How to Buy Recycled:
Compare labels to find the product or package with the highest percentage of "post-consumer" recycled content. Let store managers and manufacturers know that you prefer products made from recycled materials. Here are a few examples of those products that generally have a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
- Paperboard Boxes
Lightweight cardboard boxes such as cereal, cracker, and shoeboxes are often made from recycled paper. Read the label.
- Bath & Facial Tissue
Toilet paper and facial tissue made from recycled paper meet consumer expectations and cost about the same as or less than their non-recycled counterparts.
- Plastic Bottles & Jugs
Some household cleaners, dishwashing liquids, shampoos, and other products can be found in plastic bottles with 25% or higher post-consumer recycled content. Check the label.
- Paper Towels
Paper towels with recycled content are competitive in price and performance. But don't forget you can use a sponge or rag to do the same job!
- Writing Paper & Envelopes
Top-quality recycled paper, envelopes, and greeting cards are increasingly easy to find. Some "designer" recycled stationery is meant to look rough and unfinished, but most recycled paper looks just like the paper made directly from trees. Check the label for post-consumer recycled content. (And don't forget to ask for recycled paper if you order printing or copying.)
Other products made from recycled materials include: re-refined motor oil, fiberfill for sleeping bags, carpet, shoes, pencils, recycling bins, building insulation, wallboard, tiles, and many more. Read the Label!
These four types of packaging can always be counted on to have a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content, even though many such packages are not yet labeled:
- Aluminum Beverage Cans
About 50% of the aluminum in beverage cans comes from used cans that were recycled and melted to make new cans.
- Glass Bottles & Jars
Nearly 25% of the glass in bottles and jars has been used before, recycled, and remanufactured. A glass container is 100% recyclable - nothing is lost in the remanufacturing process.
- "Tin" (Steel) Cans
So-called "tin" cans are actually made of steel, usually with a thin coating of tin. About 25% of the content is recycled steel, half of that being post-consumer.
- Molded Pulp Containers
Gray or brown cardboard egg cartons, fruit trays, and flower pots are made from recycled paper that is repulped and reshaped.