Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

How can you help conserve our natural resources?

Reduce consumption

Reuse, Reduce, RecycleMinimizing consumption is the first step in reducing our society’s dependence on limited natural resources. If we’re selective about the items we buy, we can save the materials and energy required to produce and bring items to market. We also won’t have to be concerned with where or how to dispose of the packaging or whatever is left of an item when we’re through using it.

Consider carefully who you buy from, also. Businesses that make stuff can play a large role in helping us become better consumers. They can do this in product design (cradle to grave) and making sure their products are free of toxins and are bio-degradable or easily recycled. Before buying an item, try to find out how and where it was produced, what percentage of recycled materials went into its production, whether any scarce or threatened resources were exploited to produce it, and so on.

Some other suggestions for simple actions you can take to prevent waste:

Reuse Materials

Ecobuilding bargains windowWe encourage you to shop for things for your home at our retail outlet, EcoBuilding Bargains. Here we sell only recycled and donated building materials–cabinets, counters, windows, doors, lamps, bathtubs, shower inserts, appliances… you name it, EcoBuilding Bargains usually has it–and for a lot less than you’d pay for it new.


Plastic RecyclingRecycling paper, metal, plastic and other materials saves significant amounts of energy and raw materials. Composting food waste helps reduce methane gas production in landfills. (Methane is a powerful gas that contributes to global climate change.)

Your recycling efforts can create local jobs in your community. On a per ton basis, sorting and processing recyclable materials sustains more jobs than incineration or landfills.  Recycling contributes significantly to the Massachusetts economy.  A study published by the Northeast Recycling Council in February 2009 identified 2,018 recycling business establishments in the state, providing 13,905 jobs, with an annual payroll of $498 million.  These businesses had total annual receipts of $3.2 billion.

Individuals, schools, businesses and farms can all recycle. Many things are recyclable, including:

Even items containing mercury are recyclable. These items can include:

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