Don't Throw it Away, Recycle it!

Stuff. It's everywhere. From books to clothes, laptops to cars, we want it all! Shopping centres and big department stores are filled to the brink with shiny, new stuff. According to MoneySmart, Australians alone spent $9.5 billion on gadgets and $5.1 billion on fashion in 2012.

However, rather than spending your hard earned cash on new stuff, have you considered buying recycled items instead? Not only will you save money, you'll be saving the environment too.

So, how does buying recycled items actually save the environment? What does it effect?

Buying second hand items simply means that less stuff needs to be created as you are purchasing items, which already exist. Fortunately, there are many outlets where you can find second hand items, from markets to the comfort of your own couch on an online site like Quicksales.

Buying recycled items means that less pollution is released into our atmosphere or washed down our waterways as the need to manufacture new items decreases. This is especially important, as industrial pollution is one of the main contributors to pollution levels today.
The manufacturing of new stuff utilises a large amount of energy, from the processing of raw materials to the creation of items and the running of factories and facilities. By recycling and buying pre loved products, you decrease the need of energy used in the manufacturing process.

Natural Resources
Recycling helps conserve our natural resources, such as wood, water and minerals as the need to extract these resources decreases when items are recycled and given a longer lifespan.

Recycling your old items and purchasing second-hand items decreases the amount of waste, which would otherwise reach landfill. Not only are landfills just plain ugly, many items, such as televisions and batteries, which are dumped there contain toxic substances. These toxic substances seep into the soil and groundwater over time, creating an environmental hazard.

Now, I know you don’t need any more reasons about why recycling and purchasing second hand items is a good idea, but just in case you did, check out the below creative projects where people have given a new life to the old. So, what are you waiting for… get recycling!

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