How To Recycle More Responsibly

How To Recycle More Responsibly

By: Julie Knight, RID

Did you know there are certain retail manufacturers that have programs to take back items when your local recycler will not?

Here are just a few:

  • Patagonia Inc. is an American clothing company that sells outdoor sustainable clothing. The company offers the Worn Wear program that promotes keeping their high-quality garments in action longer through on-line self-repair instructions or recycle of the garment if it is beyond repair. You can recycle at a store for credit or buy used clothing on line. Most Worn Wear clothing is cleaned by using Carbon Dioxide which saves water and energy resources.
  • Nike Company sells 25 pairs of shoes every second. Since the early 1990’s, the company decided to look for ways to reduce their environmental footprint and so Nike established the Reuse-A-Shoe program to collect worn-out athletic shoes for recycle. These “beyond repair” shoes would otherwise end up in a landfill.  Nike’s recycle program turns more than 1.5 million pairs each year into tracks, playgrounds and other new Nike products. Their program allows you to take up to 10 pairs of any brand to a participating Nike or Converse retail store, or you can mail your shoes directly to Nike’s Recycling Center.
  • Preserve Products is an American sustainable goods company that creates recyclable household products from Number 5 polypropylene plastic. Founded in 1996, Preserve uses recycled post-consumer plastic to product a line of toothbrushes, razors and food storage containers.  If you buy their products, the company will take them back when you are finished with them. You can also send any type of clean, rigid plastic stamped with the number 5, plastic caps and plastic utensils.

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