Products listed here are by Vendors who design using recycling and upcycling methods, to minimize negative environmental impact. Additionally, the Vendor may use Recycled/Upcycled/Biodegradable materials in its packaging as well.
Why Recycled/Upcycled materials?
To produce new products from recovered materials requires fewer raw resources and less energy. It's also a good way to cut down on emissions. Recycling also has to seen within an integrated approach that includes making more efficient use of materials and extending product life overall.
Upcycling is facilitated by circulate business models that transform the dominant industry approach or take, make, waste - recapturing "waste" as a valuable resource. It minimizes the volume of discarded materials and waste, while reducing the need for production of new or raw materials, which overall reduces air and water pollution along with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Biodegradable means the material can decompose with the presence of bacteria and other organisms living in the soil, which gives it the ability to return to nature, leaving no toxins. By the time it’s broken down there should be nothing left but water and carbon dioxide leaving trees with the food they need.
Biodegradable materials like bamboo, cork, seaweed etc. can break down in a natural environment and also use less energy to make.