Challenge 6 - Buy Recycled


Buy Recycled

Buying recycled products is another way to reduce waste. Recycled materials don’t use as many raw materials and natural resources. They also use less water and save energy. Recycled products also help keep the green recycling economy thriving.

Recycled content is used for many products:

  • office or school supplies (paper, pens and printing cartridges)
  • home supplies (paint, storage bins and garbage bags)
  • clothing or reusable bags made with plastic fibres

Choosing paper made from 100% recycled paper instead of trees uses 50% less water and energy - and it saves trees!


  • If you’re buying new products, choose something that is made of recycled materials. Aim for 100% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Share a photo or tell us about it

Take the extra step:
Write to a company that you buy from and ask them to include more recycled content in their products.

Did you take this challenge?

  • Irma Marigsa
    Took Challenge via 2019-01-24 19:44:13 -0500
  • Karen Pace
    Took Challenge 2016-07-04 10:56:23 -0400
  • Paul Cressman
    Took Challenge 2016-07-02 13:59:42 -0400
    This is tough. I need to better educate myself about what I’m buying.
  • Alana Dickie
    Took Challenge 2014-08-27 14:10:20 -0400
    I buy toilet paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. Why flush virgin product down the toilet?
  • eddie mayanja
    Took Challenge 2014-08-01 16:28:45 -0400
    recycle staff is less costly
  • John D. Lundy
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:31:17 -0400
    I switched recycled toilet paper.
  • Daniel Brennan
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 23:16:17 -0400
    I love my Sustainable Earth Sugarcane-Based Notebook.
  • Charles Ritchie
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 22:18:05 -0400
    When/Where possible,I purchase re-cycled products….
  • Jessica C Dubelaar
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:35:25 -0400
    I buy toilet paper that’s recycled
  • Heidi Breier
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 21:09:27 -0400
    I always check the labels before buying paper products. Sometimes, even if it’s not in bold print, you may still find the Eco-logo or arrows symbol on the back of the package.
  • Chris Flanagan
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 20:42:04 -0400
    I bought some paint brushes this week and found some with recycled plastic bristles!
  • Willie Macrae
    Took Challenge 2014-07-15 16:06:22 -0400
  • David Livingston-Lowe
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:53:12 -0400
    We buy paper products from recycled paper (toilet paper, towels).
  • Denise Robichaud
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:51:39 -0400
  • Ayaz Zafar
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:51:28 -0400
    I have been going at my back of my building collecting things that i need e.g Metal shelves, tables. I have more Shelves that i need. Another thing i found a office 3 layer shelve store.
  • Gary Schwartz
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 18:38:24 -0400
    We buy office supplies with recycled content when we can. Right now we’re testing out recycled pens (our outreach team and canvassers go through so many pens!), including some pens made with recycled plastic, recycled paper, and with refillable ink cartridges! One that we’ve tried out for office staff is this pen made from recycled drink bottles (& with refillable ink)
  • Nesha .
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:07:05 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled paper package
  • Thuraisingam Appudurai
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:06:31 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled toilet paper
  • Sadie Wardougou
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:05:50 -0400
    Yes next time I’ll look for items made from recycled materials
  • Tharsika K
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:05:12 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled paper packaging.
  • K Sinthujah
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:04:35 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled paper packages
  • Mary Arapura
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:03:31 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled toilet paper
  • P Sutharshini
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:02:46 -0400
    Yes I buy recycled paper and plastic items
  • Karthika A
    Took Challenge 2014-07-14 16:01:50 -0400
    Yes next time I will look for items that are made of recycled materials
  • Leslie Forge
    Took Challenge 2014-07-11 12:50:52 -0400
  • Rebecca Ong
    Took Challenge via 2014-07-11 00:19:48 -0400
  • Nancy Ong
    Took Challenge via 2014-07-10 23:42:43 -0400
    I’m not sure about recycled but I reuse a lot of things, that itself extends the life of an item before being recycled, like keeping packaging for projects and reusing paper as rough paper
  • Myra Jane Davidson-Neville
    Took Challenge 2014-07-10 18:29:56 -0400
    I did speak to Loblaws when it seemed that they had stopped stocking their 100% post-consumer waste toilet paper. I hope it had a small impact.
  • Franz M Hartmann
    Took Challenge 2014-07-10 11:50:59 -0400
    I’ve made sure to only buy toilet paper and paper towels made from 100% post consumer waste paper.
  • Lina Lum
    Took Challenge 2014-07-09 22:04:25 -0400
    we use Cascades toilet paper which is made from 100% recycled fibres