Recycling - A Simple Concept

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You must have gone through the term recycling in your educational career thousands of times but have you really understood what it means? It is of a very simple meaning with big advantages, taking something, thought to be useless and make something useful out of it, instead of throwing it out transform it in to something new something more innovative.

Well it sometimes cannot be as simple as it sounds. One would have to keep in mind some aspects effecting recycling, like how it interacts with our environment, the politics, economical matters, and even the human behavior that has to play an important role in the future of our planet.

It becomes more vital on larger scales, where consumer goods that are used before are collected and are converted into raw materials and then remade into products to be consumer goods. Municipal programs all around the world encourage bulk household collections, plastic containers, steel and iron rods from old demolished buildings etc are the examples of large scale recycling.

Where sometimes it is found to be very difficult or rare to make a recycled product as useful as the original product or to say more exactly the same as its original formed material would be more appropriate here. It really is difficult cause either it can be less useful or more useful. To explain this here is a little example. While we recycle the used paper into new form of paper to be utilized it contains ink residue and shorter fibers then the ones made from wood pulp. This type of recycling is known as down-cycling due to its low quality production. But in some cases making of things out of original products can be far more value able like, for an artist artistic furniture made using newspaper and cans for a company making an upscale, this is referred as up-cycling.

Saving our next generation

The reason of provoking this idea of recycling is not just to save the world from pollution but our future, our kids whom we love the most. Garbage landfills not only occupy lot of space but it is experienced that the assertive thrown chemicals in the landfills that cause break downs, blends into toxic soup known as "Leachate". This, results in huge amount of contaminated water pollution.

There is a big list of things that can be recycled but here are some that commonly benefit us.

Recycled Glass

Recycling glass is more significant in energy and cost savings over making virgin glass, because it is a form of recycling considered as up-cycling. There are two ways to recycle glass. One is to collect consumer used bottles, thoroughly disinfect after washing them properly to be reused. And the other way to recycle glass is to sort the bottles out by their colors keeping in view not to mix different colored bottles to mix up while recycling because that will give it a mottled effect. Such colors as green and brown are the example. Then the glass's fine bits are grounded this is termed as cullet, it is thoroughly sifted and filtered by lasers, magnets and sifters, then melted down and reformed into new glass.

Recycled Paper

Recycled paper is very beneficial in net savings considering water and energy used, as well as pollutants emitted into the environment. In this process of recycling, first the paper is sorted out on the bases of, how heavy it is, whether it was previously recycled what's its color, and what it's used for. After which it is bathed in hot water and chemical to reduce it to a soupy fibrous substance. Then magnets, gravity and filters are used to separate staples, glues and other useless chemicals from the pulp. Ink is removed from the pulp by chemical wash or by blowing and skimming off the ink from its surface. Then the may be bleached pulp is sprayed and rolled sheets are pressed and dried. To make the recycled paper stronger new pulp is added to it. And by cutting the huge sheets of papers into proper size the are again marketed for consumer use.

Other regular household items that can be recycled;

Aerosol cans
Antiperspirant and deodorant sticks
Beach balls
Carpeting (nylon fiber)
Cars, jet skis, boats, trailers, RVs, and motorcycles
Cell phones
Compact fluorescent light bulbs
DVDs, CDs, and jewel cases
Empty metal cans (cleaning products)
Empty metal cans (food products)
Film canisters:
Fire extinguishers

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Segun Olowookere recently started his own clothing company called Lowooke who speciallise in designing, producing and distributing a range of clothing aimed at the urban and youth market. The apparel that Lowooke sells is produced using organic materials that have been ethically sourced. You can view their range of Urban Clothing London at

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This article was published on 2010/03/31