Americans produce a staggering 1600 pounds of trash per person per year. The majority of this trash comes from “durable goods” . Durable goods are what we think of as “stuff” – radios, dvd players, toys, furniture, clothes – all the things that we buy which are often discarded before the end of their useful life.
Reusing materials contributes to a twofold gain – the item doesn’t head to the landfill andthere is no need to purchase a new product. Furthermore, reusing an item is better than recycling because the process of recycling takes a good deal of energy.
The used clothing store, the second-hand bookshop, and the reclaimed building supply shop all are great examples of places to either purchase or drop off used goods. Often these options are both less expensive for you, as well as less expensive for the planet.
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