How To Save Money By Recycling

by Guest on June 18, 2012

Recycling has become not just important, but necessary in our time. This is true not only with regard to protecting the environment, but also to ease the economy.  There are many ways in which buyers can save money by recycling. Below are a number of ways to shop economically through recycling.

Exchange Old Goods 

Exchanging old goods not only reduces the load rising in landfills, but also offers a means for old items to be used again, even in new ways. This trade-in practice involves materials, including clothes and blankets, as well as many other items, such as cardboard, wood, metals, glass, plastic and paper. Recycling centers in every area offer payback for an exchange of certain materials. Metal and plastic are common, such as milk jugs and coffee or soup cans. Some computer or appliance stores offer discounts to consumers who trade in old equipment. This effort minimizes the accumulation of garbage and cuts down on new purchases that are already expensive and continue to rise in cost.

Old cell phones are a good source for both recycling and making money. There are many websites and phone stores that accept old phones and give you money. Inkjet printer cartridges can also be recycled in exchange for money.  There are many other materials that you can recycle and get money for.

Make Your Own Clothing

Consumers can expand and refashion old clothes by increasing size and updating with style accents. This includes creating new clothes from scratch, such as coats, socks, pants, tops and shirts, gloves, scarves and even shoes. The other plus side of this is that consumers can design and customize their own apparel according to their own tastes and preferences. If you are bored of the clothes in your wardrobe think about how you can update them using sewing techniques, adding brooches and redesigning them so they feel totally new. This will save you money as we won’t be always buying new clothes. You can always recycle your clothes with family and friends by having a swapping party. Bring all the clothes and shoes that you don’t want any more and swap them with clothes you do like that belong to someone else.

Buy Less

Instead of constantly buying new when the old is gone, consumers can simply replenish by providing refills, such as coffee and other liquids, and go basic. This saves money and helps to be green. Instead of buying plastic water bottles all the time get one decent metal or plastic water bottle that you refill. Takeaway tubs can be reused as Tupperware.

Buy Quality Products

Consumers can spend a little more on longer-lasting items so they don’t have to constantly resupply. For example, using washable serviettes will cut down on buying paper napkins that are used once and thrown away. Serviettes will eliminate the need to buy anything paper. Also, if you have a child you can buy reusable nappies that you wash instead of disposable nappies which may be more convenient, but are costly and are bad for the environment.

Use Recycled and Eco-Friendly Products

Use recycled materials that do not threaten the environment. “Green” materials are generally less expensive than normal or traditional materials, better quality, and endure for a longer period of time. Routinely purchasing recycled eco-friendly materials reduces spending in the short-term and the long-term.

Regardless of what consumers do, the effort helps significantly. Although the returns and/or savings seem minimal, in the long run, every bit counts.

About The Author

Catherine is a freelance writer and writes about health issues such as eczema, skin conditions, beauty and skincare.

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