When possible, choose products with packaging that was made with recycled materials.
Many companies already choose to use recycled materials for their packaging. Doing so not only preserves such natural resources as trees, petroleum and metals, but also contributes to giving a second life to the containers, packaging and printed matter you place in your recycling bin.
Do your part in preserving the environment
When packaging is made with recycled materials, the impact on the environment is usually lesser, as fewer raw materials and less energy are used, and smaller quantity of greenhouse gases are released into the air.
Take a quick look at the packaging. It usually indicates whether it contains recycled materials. The percentage is indicated in a short phrase or in the centre of the three chasing arrows known as the Mobius strip, the well-known recycling symbol. This should not, however, be confused with the triangle of three chasing arrows used to indicate various types of plastic categorized from one to seven.
Did you know that packaging can extend the life of the product and therefore reduce waste?
An English cucumber is a good example. Without packaging, this vegetable stays fresh for only 3 days in the grocery store, while, with the plastic wrap, it remains in excellent condition for about 14 days. Just a little recyclable plastic wrap makes a big difference.