Do #5 Buy Secondhand or Recycled
Buying secondhand items or products made from recycled materials keeps valuable resources in circulation. And it seems that most Australians are in favour of gifting pre-loved items and supporting a circular economy.
Galaxy research commissioned by Gumtree1 found 77% of Australians would consider buying someone a secondhand or vintage item for Christmas with 55% most likely to give pre-loved to their spouse and 53% to their child. The research also found that most Australians believe they could shave a third off the cost of presents if they bought secondhand.
Secondhand items that are unique or vintage can add that personal touch. Buy an antique, do up an old piece of furniture, or for the crafty, upcycle pre-loved t-shirts into a quilt or shopping bags. Of course, tech items can be much cheaper secondhand than the latest version that will become old quite fast (think camera, tablet or video game console)
For National Recycling Week 2017, Planet Ark launched a new Recycled Products Directory where you can find items like toys made from recycled wood, paper and milk containers; fashion accessories like wallets made from recycled tyre inner tubes, handbags made from plastic bottles and smartphone covers made from skateboards; backpacks made from recycled PET plastic; surfboard fins made from ocean plastic; and sunglasses made from recycled milk bottle lids!
Take action, commit to Do #5.
- Find places to buy secondhand using the RecyclingNearYou Reuse Information Hub
- Find unique gifts made from recycled materials using Planet Ark’s new Recycled Products Directory
- Get top tips on making upcycled gifts like furniture from Planet Ark ambassador and design expert James Treble; turning pre-loved t-shirts into quilts or shopping bags, or source some crafty ideas from Pinterest.