On ECO Arcade we sell products that save energy, are made from recycled materials or are educational.

As humans we can’t eliminate our carbon footprint but we can, without too much effort or cost, reduce our impact on the environment.

The waste hierarchy

There is an important hierarchy of using resources wisely called the waste hierarchy:

Reduce – reduce your usage of resources. Examples include cutting down on unnecessary journeys, buying goods with minimal or reduced packaging or repairing something rather than throwing it away.

Reuse – can something still fit for purpose be reused. An excellent example is the 5p charge on single use plastic bags in the UK which slashed the usage by 85% ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/30/england-plastic-bag-usage-drops-85-per-cent-since-5p-charged-introduced 7 billion before the charge, 0.5 billion after)

Recycle – if something has reached the end of its useful life then it should be recycled at suitable facilities. This recovers useful materials such as paper, metals, some plastics etc. This should reduce the energy and resources need to produce the same materials. For example aluminium produced from recycled scrap only requires 5% of the energy needed to extract aluminium from its ore bauxite (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_recycling ).

waste hierarchy
Source: Drstuey at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Recycled products

There are many benefits of buying recycled products and we will be adding to our range over time.

We have recently introduced a range of recycled notebooks and wrapping papers that are beautiful and practical as well as having a reduced impact on the environment.

As well as being attractive, they are fit for purpose and made to last. The paper used is 100% recycled post-consumer waste unbleached pulp and environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks. They are themselves fully recyclable.

See our full range here: Recycled products at ECO Arcade

There are many benefits to buying recycled products. They reduce the amount of waste going to landfill as well as cutting down on the amount of energy and resources needed to produce the item.

See our earlier blog post on cutting waste from plastic coffee cups: Is it time to take-away disposable coffee cups that can’t be recycled

Further reading