The saying goes that “haste makes waste.”
Below the surface of this sentiment is a simple lesson: being careless with resources while in pursuit of instant gratification will cost you money (and perhaps your health) in the long run.
Slowly but surely, individuals and industries are learning that products made as cheaply as possible end up being more expensive in the end. People are starting to vote with their dollars and sending a strong message to wasteful companies about the value of recycled and recyclable products.
But the recycling loop only works if you participate in all aspects, from buying recycled products to recycling them. It’s easier than ever to divert certain types of waste from the landfill through recycling facilities, but are we taking advantage of this convenience?
The infographic below contains several striking statistics about how much waste we produce as a species, and how much of that actually gets recycled into something else.
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