7 cheap and easy-to-find recycled products

by Tracy Stokes on August 7, 2007

in Sustainable Lifestyle

recycle-logo.jpgMost of us know the merits of recycling our waste. By doing our bit we reduce landfill waste, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment. And so we dutifully sort our rubbish into glass, plastic, paper and metal, ready for collection by the council waste services, or we even take it to the recycling centre ourselves. But how many of us are buying recycled to complete the circle? It is essential to do this to create a demand for recycled products. Here are 7 recycled everyday products that are inexpensive, readily available and simple to include in our lives:

1. Recycled toilet paper -what possible reason could there be for cutting down trees to wipe your tush? You can buy recycled toilet paper at most supermarkets (Waitrose, Sainsburys and Tesco do their own brand; don’t go for Nouvelle), or you can order it in bulk from Natural Collection.

2. Recycled kitchen towels – again, these are readily available from supermarkets, look for own brands.

3. Recycled tissues – Waitrose and Sainsbury’s do their own brands.

4. Recycled bin bags – pick these up in your supermarket.

5. Put recycled paper in your printer – I’ve seen recycled copier paper in my local stationery shop. If your local stationery shop is not stocking recycled, ask them to.

6. Recycled note books – next time you buy a notebook, make it a recycled one. You can buy them in supermarkets or stationery shops.

7. Recycled pensPilot pens are readily available and make lots of their pens out of recycled plastic.

It’s easy to introduce these 7 recycled items into your life, it’s just a matter of making the right choice.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin August 7, 2007 at 10:24 pm

Tracy –

I’m as green as the next guy, but I’m not using recycled toilet paper. Eeewww!

I do appreciate the spirit!

lol –



Anna Hackman August 8, 2007 at 7:30 am

Hi Kevin-

I use a recycled product from Marcal in the US. (They recycle paper to make their toliet papers) I am very sensitive with products that I use for my skin. I can not use any laundry soap that has soy in it. It makes me itch. (Go figure) However, I have been using Marcal (chlorine free) with no problems. It feels the same. They have a premium version called Sunrise. I don’t know if you live in the US or the UK. If you live in the US, give it a try. Tracy-is Marcal sold in the UK?

Great post Tracy! anna http://www.green-talk.com


Tracy August 8, 2007 at 8:28 am

Kevin – I’m quite surprised by your response. Recycled toilet paper is recycled paper made into toilet paper, not used toilet paper that is recycled. It’s not unpleasant in any way. I challenge you to try it.

Anna – Hi, we don’t have that brand in the UK. My favourite here is Waitrose own brand.


Mel Rimmer August 8, 2007 at 3:09 pm

I agree with these, but it’s even better to avoid using tissues and kitchen towels, and to use reusable fabric hankies and washable kitchen cloths instead.


Recycled Pens September 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Great suggestions tracy – remember that recycled pens don’t just have to be made of recycled plastic – you can get recycled pens made entirely from paper, or for example corn starch, as renewable resources.

Can you not also recycle printer ink cartridges, in addition to using recycled paper when printing?


Jennifer November 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Hi– As to recycling printer ink cartridges– in Canada there are places where you can re-fill them. Don’t know if that’s available in the UK?


Whistle Ink Office Supplies December 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm


You can refill cartridges in the Uk at places like Cartridge World – or buy cartridges that have been professionally remanufactured off the shelf.

Regarding recycled copier paper – it is more widely available and its becoming used more widely. Printers are even plugging ‘green’ letter heads and other stationery.


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