Do You “Precycle”?

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precycling pp. Purchasing products based on how recyclable they are. [pre + recycling]
precycle v.
precycler n.

Example Citations:
The produce section, as it turns out, was a good place to illustrate the first rule of “precycling“: Don’t get any packaging at all. Buy stuff loose.
—Sandy Bauers, GreenSpace: Is it recyclable or trash eternal? An expert tells the best choices, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2008



Everybody shops. But not everybody realizes how environmentally important it is to shop consciously. To precycle is to make buying choices that support responsible products and packaging, make recycling easier and reduce the amount of garbage you throw away. Precycling is a good way to start squaring your personal behavior with your principles. But don’t forget it also sends a signal to manufacturers that responsible products and packaging are good business. The goal is that our behavior can change their behavior. When you precycle, you prevent waste in the first place.
—Gunther Wellenstein, “Precycling: Thinking Beyond The Bin,” Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts), August 14, 2007





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