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Buying recycled is more important than people realize, but it's also much easier than people think. After recyclables are collected from our homes and offices they are processed and then sold to manufacturers who make them into recycled products. In order for manufacturers to keep making their products, we have to buy the products. Purchasing recycled products "closes the loop" and tells manufacturers to keep making those products. Look for products with higher content of recycled materials. It increases the demand for recyclables.

Download this brochure in PDF format (requires Acrobat Reader): Fact Sheet: Buy Recycled Paper! by Susan Kinsella for the Recycled Paper Coalition, published by the Buy Recycled Business Alliance of the National Recycing Coalition.

Links to Other Web Sites:
  • Amazing Recycled Products -- This Colorado company has quite an array of great items (blue jean, money and newspaper pencils, t-shirts, tote bags, bird houses, benches, office supplies are just a few).
  • Art by the Yard
  • Adapt Ad Specialty -- Recycled Products and more!
  • AM-NIS Construction and Supply -- Sells the Rustic Shingle made of 97% recycled aluminun (70% of which is recycled beverage cans).
  • BioCorp -- Biodegradable bags, plates, cups and flatware (cornstarch-based plastic knives, forks and spoons).
  • Co-Op America -- They help individuals and businesses find products and services. They also offer services for businesses through the Co-Op America Business Network.
  • Conservatree -- is a nonprofit catalyst and advocate for ecologically sustainable paper markets, combining environmental commitment with paper industry and technical savvy. They provide practical tools and realistic strategies for successful conversion to environmentally sound papers. Download
  • EarthSquare Carpet Renewal Program -- A revolutionary process that renews and restyles modular carpet tiles.
  • Eco Golf -- Biodegradable golf tees made from corn and will degrade within 1 year.
  • EcoMall -- Features links to hundreds of environmentally-focused companies which offer everything from non-toxic cleansers and paints, to recycled and tree-free paper.
  • EPA's Waste Wise Buy-Recycled Resource Guide
  • Future Solutions, Inc. -- Features unique recycled & environmentally friendly gifts and awards, such as: clocks, clipboards, 3-ring binders, vases, coasters made from circuit boards; home accents (lighting sconces and pendants, wall mirrors, candleholders, lamps, night lights,etc. made from old steel cans); and many other promotional gift ideas.
  • Global Recycling Network -- is dedicated to providing recycled-content product information and recycling related information.
  • Green Disk -- High quality recycled disks.
  • Green Order -- Online marketplace for institutional buyers and sellers of environmentally sound products. Features comprehensive green supplier directory.
  • GreenSeal -- An independent rating organization that maintains a list of its certified products including cleaning products, paint, paper, and re-refined oil. The products featured are those GreenSeal has found to be environmentall preferable.
  • Recycline -- Toothbrushes with handles made from recycled plastics. Used brushes can be returned in postage-paid envelopes and then they are sent to a plastic lumber company.
  • Resource Revival -- Resource Revival recovers used bicycle parts to create artistic household items, gifts and promotional items.
  • The Recycled Promotions Source Book - features recycled paper, plastic, glass, tire rubber, steel, and aluminum products. Weisenbach manufactures and imprints products using offset printing, glass etching, foil stamping, tampographic / pad printing, screen printing, textile imaging, and die cutting.
  • Resources for Environmental Design Index -- More than 1,700 construction related products.
  • Rivanna Natural Designs -- creates environmentally responsible awards and gifts.
  • Vinylux -- Based in Brooklyn, NY, this company creates usable household items such as bowls, coasters, and sketchbooks from recovered vinyl records (locally available at Green Logic in downtown Fort Collins).