It’s not a secret, we need to drastically improve our recycling habits – at home, at work and even just out in public. Here at Mobek we are committed to recycling and using only recycled plastic materials in our adirondack chairs and other products. Recycling is absolutely vital for the future health of our planet; here are some reasons why.
Protecting Ecosystems & Wildlife
Recycling reduces the need to grow, harvest or extract new raw materials from the Earth. This, in turn, lessens the harmful disruption and damage that is being done to the natural world: fewer forests cut down, rivers diverted, wild animals harmed or displaced, and less pollution of water, soil and air. Of course, if our plastic waste isn’t safely put in the recycling, it can be blown away or washed into rivers and seas and end up hundreds or thousands of miles away, polluting coastlines and waterways and becoming a problem for everyone (wildlife included).
Making products from recycled materials requires much less energy than making them from new raw materials. Sometimes it’s a huge difference in energy. For example:
- Producing new aluminium from old products (including recycled cans and foil) uses 95% less energy than making it from scratch. For steel, it’s about a 70% energy saving.
- Making paper from pulped recycled paper uses 40% less energy than making it from virgin wood fibres.
- The amount of energy saved from recycling one glass bottle could power an old 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours and a new low-energy LED equivalent for a lot longer.
Cuts Climate-Changing Carbon Emissions
Recycling means you need to use less energy on sourcing and processing new raw materials, it produces lower carbon emissions. It also keeps potentially methane-releasing waste out of landfill sites. Reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere is vital for stopping disastrous climate change.
Conserving Natural Resources
The world’s natural resources are finite, and some are in very short supply.
At a fundamental level:
- Recycling paper and wood saves trees and forests. Yes, you can plant new trees, but you can’t replace virgin rainforest or ancient woodlands once they’ve been lost to deforestation.
- Recycling plastic means creating less new single-use plastic, which is definitely a good thing, especially as it’s usually made from fossil fuel hydrocarbons.
- Recycling metals means there’s less need for risky, expensive and damaging mining and extraction of new metal ores.
- Recycling glass reduces the need to use new raw materials like sand – it sounds hard to believe, but supplies of some types of sand are starting to get low around the world.
Reduces the Demand for Raw Materials
The modern world’s increasing demand for new innovations has led to more of the poorest and most vulnerable people being displaced from their homes, or otherwise exploited by big corporations. Forest communities can find themselves being evicted as a result of the search for cheap timber and rivers can easily be damned or polluted by manufacturing waste. It’s far better to recycle existing products than to needlessly damage someone else’s community or land in the search for new raw materials.