How We (and you) Are Reducing Pollution

How We (and you) Are Reducing Pollution

When you buy new, you are using nonrenewable resources: 

Things are constructed with many different things; plastic, metal, rubber, wood, copper. 

  • In order to get plastic, the use of cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil is necessary. Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of compounds.
  • In order to get metal, the earth must be drilled into. Using tons of gas.
  • In order to get wood, forests must be destroyed and regrown.
  • Copper, similar to metal, requires mining. The only thing is that there is an extensive process to produce it. Resulting in more toxic waste.

Assembling items requires additional resources: 

Every manufactured item requires more than just the material used; gasoline, oil, coal, labor. 

  • The gasoline being used emits Carbon Monoxide (CO), which is poisonous for the ozone.
  • Oil is one of the most dangerous carcinogens and is destructive in many ways.
  • Coal is similar to gasoline and releases Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
  • The labor involved requires workers to work 60 hours a week and share a small dorm with 6 people. 

Buying used keeps the item alive: 

You are keeping the item from rotting in a landfill.

New items require many questionable activities to take place. Buying used only requires shipment and packaging.

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