Green Business: Buy Recycled Products

Buy Recycled Products

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Buy Recycled Materials

Many everyday items can now be purchased with recycled content. Whether it’s office paper, card stock, toilet tissue, paper bags, or to-go containers, there’s always a recycled option. Products made from recycled materials require less energy and water to make than those made of virgin materials.

Ask your supplier if they carry recycled products. If they don’t, find one that does. Here’s a few good places to start:

Similarly, buy materials that can be recycled, or at the very least, will break down in the landfill.

What’s the point of recycling in your business if you are giving away or selling materials that aren’t recyclable?

Restaurants must use recyclable or compostable take-out boxes and hot cups. Styrofoam is not recyclable. It does not break down in a landfill. There’s no excuse.
Whenever possible, don’t give your customers something they will likely throw away, such as plastic cutlery, paper cups, or excess packaging like plastic bags.
You can take it one step further and incorporate this philosophy into the decor of your work place, from cork flooring and refurbished wood to second-hand furniture.

The bottome line: There’s more to recycling than throwing it in the bin. Buy it back.