As we strive to reduce our own waste, Vicki and I are always on the lookout for products that are made from recycled waste products. It’s not enough to be someone who recycles – we must also become consumers of those products that are produced from our recycled materials.
Some things happen automatically. Cereal boxes, for example, usually are made from a high percentage of recycled (“post consumer”) paper. But what about other items – how can you find recycled alternatives to normal everyday items? There are several good sources that you can check online.
First, try the Recycled Products Cooperative. They have a great selection of paper products, office supplies, pens and calendars. I have been a fan of their amazing recycled cardboard binders for many years. http://recycledproducts.org
A great source for environmentally-friendly home products of many kinds is Green Home. They have an incredible range of products, from recycled toothbrushes to lawn chairs, shopping totes to clothing. They even have a whole section of compostable products. This is one of my favorite sources; go to their site and type “recycled” into the search bar – you’ll have 326 items to choose from! http://www.greenhome.com
A fun site that offers jewelry and a wide variety of accessories is Eco-Artware. They offer a wide selection of fun items, all made from something else. I’m particularly fond of the Vintage Typewriter Key cuff links! Check it out: http://www.eco-artware.com
If you have a personal favorite recycled product or source, please pass it on to me. In the meantime, go out there and consume my waste!
Gardening Eden: How Creation Care Will Change Your Faith, Your Life and Our World, by Michael Abbaté, published by WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, 2009. ISBN 978-0-30744-499-8. For more info: http://www.michaelabbate.com