Ever realised how just about everyone seems to go on about recycling, while the term reusing is almost never mentioned? Is recycling really the best way? In my opinion recycling is overrated; reusing should be the new buzzword.
Recycling is extremely energy-intensive, requiring a lot of energy to extract at the most about 80% of the material, which is then transported back to factories, where they are processed to create more finished goods.
Reusing on the other hand entails either extending the usage of the product, or finding new uses or user for the same product. In today’s world, there’s almost always someone who could find use for things we might find useless.
Why then do we not hear anyone talk about it? Simply because that would result in lower consumption, translating into less profits for corporations.