Precycling is Better Than Recycling

Obviously.  If you can REDUCE the amount that you consume, buy, waste, purchase, and use then you ultimately reduce the amount of items you need to recycle, thus saving resources all around.

Recycling is a wonderful thing and I wish all people would participate in the green act but we really need to get more people on board with precycling.  Planetpals can teach you and the kids how to precycle.  By taking a little action before, you can prevent recycling – in a good way!

Here is Planetpals top ten list of ways to PRECYCLE:

precyclelist1. Bring reusable bags to the store with you. Cloth or paper will do!

2. Buy Large Quantities. If you buy products in bulk or in large sizes and quantities, you can put them in smaller containers as you need them and this uses less containers.

3. Buy products with the least amount of packaging or none at all. Items packed in multiple containers may look nice, but they are a waste!

4. Buy products packed in recycled packaging. If you have to use a container, it might as well be green. Additionally, you help support green corporations. (Important: make sure you look for the recycled symbol)

5. Don’t buy disposable items (plates cups, pens, diapers, batteries, etc.) They only fill the landfill more.

6. Buy less paper towels and napkins or none at all. Use cloth ones!

7. Buy long life and concentrated items (batteries, bulks , etc.) This saves on packaging as well as product.

8. Don’t purchase styrofoam. It contains polystyrene, which is the most difficult material to break down in our landfill and is considered a hazardous waste.

9. Buy items in cardboard. aluminum, steel, glass, and plastic containers marked 1 and 2 ( They are stamped on the bottom 1 and 2). These containers can be recycled more easily.

10. Read labels for ingredients. Stay away from chemicals that harm our plant and animal life and poison our land.

8 Replies to “Precycling is Better Than Recycling”

  1. So many people think that they can items as long as it’s recyclable. I think that is the wrong idea. Why not just conserve and use items that are not one-time use items to really make a bigger difference. Great article.

  2. I agree totally here. Thanks so much for posting this! Recycling is a great thing, but we need to be more conscious and aware of what we’re bringing in too. And getting our kids on board when they’re young, making it fun as well as educational for them, is going to be key in where our future goes.

  3. I love this list, I used to be much better about all of this but I try to do my best. The cloth bag gets me know, I have probably 50 of them but forget to bring them in. At least at BJs they don’t have bags so I end up carrying it all in a box. Cloth napkins make me happy, they are so pretty and work better then paper, I even convinced Mom to get red ones for Christmas dinner.

    1. Yeah! What is it about remembering those cloth grocery bags!!?? When I go to Aldi’s, I take two good-sized wicker easter handled baskets and I LOVE USING THEM!! They are so nostalgic, makes me feel like I’m shopping at an Italian market in a small village in Sicily… errr, anyways – they seem to be MUCH easier to remember to bring with me. And if I forget those, I’m forced to find/steal/rearrange shelves to make it happen, boxes from Aldi.

      And as cloth napkins go – I agree with you – they are a ticket to happy town and I feel like royalty wiping my greasy paws ‘n face with them!!

  4. I love trying to find re-uses for things rather than even recycling them…think of it like recycling within our house…washing out glass jars and using them to store leftovers in the fridge instead of buying more storage containers…same for plastics…i bought a pack of cheap-o washcloths at Wal-Mart at one time and we keep those in the kitchen drawer to use like paper towels, unless it’s cat puke…cat puke requires actual paper towels…lol

  5. I have so many bag stories:

    I forgot my cloth bags in a ShopRite once for two items and the cashier didn’t want to let me leave the store WITHOUT a bag saying that wasn’t allowed. I refused to take a plastic bag for my two items and had the manager called on me. It was sad because it showed that there are people out there who really feel like it is a REQUIREMENT to use plastic bags.

    I also had a roommate in college who told me it was rude of me to bring reused bags to the store because the “store had bags for a reason”.

    I work at a farmer’s market in the summertime, with thousands of customers per day. I am always dumbfounded at the amount of people who ask for a plastic bag for one single item, or a separate bag for every separate vegetable they buy, or bring a cloth bag but STILL ask for a plastic bag, because if they don’t have the veggies in plastic, their reusable, washable, cloth bags could get wet or…imagine this…dirty!

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