Recycled Materials

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing used materials, that would be thrown away, to turn them into new products.

A water bottle made from recycled plastic.

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Introduction of recycling

The environmental movement of the 1970s

Although recycling may seem like a modern concept introduced with the environmental movement of the 1970s, it’s actually been around for thousands of years. But, after the industrial age, a large-scale recycling plan was needed to minimize the effects of disposable objects’ mass production on the environment.

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Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards improving the environment. Recycling also offers a sustainable solution to regular waste streams by lowering our input into municipal landfills and helping extend the expected life of a landfill by decades, drastically lowering our environmental impact. Product development from recycled materials is also the key to maximize the benefits of recycling. This leads to a number of economic opportunities to remanufacture products with the recovered material.

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Recycling is broken down into three steps as follows:

Material recovery facility process.
  • Collecting and processing can be accomplished in several ways: some communities have curbside programs to pick up your recyclables on the street.  Others have community drop off bins that you can stop by and deliver your recycling;
  • Once its recyclate quality is established, the recyclable material will be sorted, cleaned, baled and sent to a plant to be converted to a marketable raw material;
  • Products are made with recycled raw material, returned to the market and purchased by consumers, finishing the recycling loop.

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most common recycled materials

  • Glass
Concrete tiles by Guillaume Credoz made with different types of recycled glass.

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  • Plastic
The Parley x Adidas collaboration is made recycling plastic objects from the ocean.

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  •  Paper
Various types of toilet paper, napkins, paper towels and even paper sheets are made with recycled used paper.

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  • Textiles
A leader in the recycled materials space, Patagonia’s iconic Snap-T fleece pullover is 85% of recycled fleece.

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  • Metal
ReCycle handcrafts bikes from recycled aluminium and renewable cork.

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  • Organics
Wall insulator and packing materials made using mycelium, a bacteria found in rotting organisms like tree trunks and agricultural byproducts.

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