Recycling is important, but to make real and significant impacts on our environment, we need to reduce our waste. And, of course, the power is in the purchase.
At first, maybe you thought buying things in plastic was a good thing because it could be recycled. But in actuality plastic is being collected for recycling, but what is being recycled is very very low. There just isn’t a big market for recycled plastic.
So instead, when you can, choose products that don’t include plastic, have lesser amounts, and better yet, none at all. Chose products made from natural materials like wood, metal, paper, cotton. For bottled drinks, refuse plastic and consider aluminum which can be recycled over and over again. There is a good market for recycled aluminum. Need more? Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.