Recycling Quotes

Recycling Quotes

Waste recycling is one of the well-known initiatives for combating overflowing landfills and polluted water bodies. However, it’s evident, now more than ever, that we are not doing enough.

Waste pollution is one of the major problems that deserve a rallying call around the world. We can measure the impact of pollution from the deaths of our marine animals due to plastic ingestion to the rapid depletion of earth’s natural resources. This realization has led to more and more people, in recent times, to willingly participate in recycling initiatives. Our common goal is to reduce the consumption of natural resources and enhance the environment we live in.

Many influential voices have spoken up about the dangers of not recycling. They include household names like Emily Deschanel and Rachel Boston, along with behind-the-scenes activists such as Frances Beinecke. Here are 34 recycling quotes that we should all give some thought.

34 Recycling Quotes

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"Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours. "  - Denis Hayes #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #recycle #wasteless #sustainableliving #socialchange #reuse #environment #carefornature #ecoconscious
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Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours.

- Denis Hayes


Hailed as “hero of the planet” by Time magazine, environmental pioneer Denis Hayes has been at the forefront of fighting for the environment since he coordinated the very first Earth Day in 1970. Hayes has also been influential in penning new and improved environmental laws that make a stand for the preservation of the planet. Denis believes that each consumer has the ability and should do their part to save the planet.

"It makes a big difference to recycle. It makes a big difference to use recycled products. It makes a big difference to reuse things, to not use the paper cup - and each time you do, that's a victory."  - Emily Deschanel #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycle #recycled #reuse #reducereuserecycle #reduce #changetheworld #greenliving #impact #repair
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It makes a big difference to recycle. It makes a big difference to use recycled products. It makes a big difference to reuse things, to not use the paper cup - and each time you do, that's a victory.

- Emily Deschanel


Many know Emily Deschanel as the favourite forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance “Bones” Brennan. Emily is also an animal rights causes supporter and has collaborated with PETA. In her PETA video, she urges parents to raise their children as vegetarians or vegans.

Being a vegan herself, Deschanel has also created media where she discusses the positive impact of such a lifestyle on the environment. She has also worked as a producer on films that promote animal rights and protection.

"The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse."  - Issey Miyake #trvst #quotes #recycling #reuse #purpose #upcycle #refurbished #sustainability #environmentallyfriendly #thinkgreen #reduce #repair
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The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse.

- Issey Miyake


Issey Miyake is well known worldwide as a fragrance, but much more than that. Issey Miyake started as a fashion brand and grew to include accessories and fragrances (amazon). The fashion house also turns plastic waste into clothes and includes a line of clothing made completely out of recycled plastic bottles. Miyake exclaimed that the inspiration for the line came from uncertainty of our planet’s future and the limited resources at our disposal.

"We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling."  - Neil LaBute #trvst #quotes #recycling #society #refurbished #dosomething #wasteless #collectiveaction #reducereuserecycle #environment #thinkgreen #socialimpact
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We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.

- Neil LaBute


Neil LaBute is an acclaimed American director, screenwriter, actor and playwright. He seems to focus his work mainly on shining a light on the worst about humanity. Many of the characters he pens are wildly self-absorbed and cynical. With that, he shines a light on the impact of these self-absorbed characters on the environment.

Neil’s recycling quote brings home the realization that simply recycling is not enough. We need to change our consumption habits.

"In Los Angeles, I drive a hybrid and live in a very simple home. Anything you do from carrying a canteen of water to starting a recycling program in your office makes a difference. Reusing what you already have has always been green - from clothes to boxes to glass jars from the supermarket."  - Rachel Boston #trvst #quotes #recycling #green #water #reuse #sustainability #wastenotwantnot #takeaction #recycled #ecoactivism #biodegradable
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In Los Angeles, I drive a hybrid and live in a very simple home. Anything you do from carrying a canteen of water to starting a recycling program in your office makes a difference. Reusing what you already have has always been green - from clothes to boxes to glass jars from the supermarket.

- Rachel Boston


Rachel Boston is an American actress and producer living in Los Angeles. Boston’s father is a green energy engineer and she grew up spending most of her time outside with her family. Thus cementing a firm love and awareness of the environment. From a young age, Rachel has been a vegetarian and she merits her energy to her healthy lifestyle.

"If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, re-designed or removed from production."  - Pete Seeger #trvst #quotes #recycling #reused #reduced #rebuilt #recycled #refurbished #reducereuserecycle #waste #betterfortheplanet #collectiveaction
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If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, re-designed or removed from production.

- Pete Seeger


Called “America’s tuning fork”, Pete Seeger was a folk singer and social activist. Seeger wrote many songs that were used during civil, human and environmental rights protests. Pete not only wrote songs of protest but also spent many years fighting for these rights. Seeger believed that music could make a difference and it was this mentality that empowered him to lead half a million protesters in an anti-war march to the White House.

"If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling."  - Ed Begley, Jr. #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #reducereuserecycle #refurbished #waste #betterfortheplanet #dosomething #upcycling #refuse #biodegradable
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If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling.

- Ed Begley, Jr.


The first Earth Day in 1970 so impacted American actor, Ed Begley, Jr that he went on to also become an environmental activist, and make drastic changes in his lifestyle. Ed and his wife have built an eco-friendly house in Studio City and they have starred in a reality series that focuses on how they live eco-friendly.

Begley’s recycling quote became famous because it reminds us of the need for conscious purchasing. We should all be on the search for a recycled option that conserves the earth’s resources. Here he also reminds us of the importance of recycling, after we’ve explored our options to refuse, reduce & reuse.

"Waste does not exist in nature because ecosystems reuse everything that grows in a never-ending cycle of efficiency and purpose."  - Frans van Houten #trvst #quotes #recycling #waste #reuse #nature #purpose #repair #dosomething #thinkgreen #beinspired #upcycling
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Waste does not exist in nature because ecosystems reuse everything that grows in a never-ending cycle of efficiency and purpose.

- Frans van Houten


As CEO of Philips, Frans van Houten is taking big strides towards reusing, recycling, repairing and remanufacturing materials in the world’s economy to reduce the strain on the environment’s natural resources. Frans’ involvement in the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) has been instrumental in the furtherance of the impact of circular economy in the world.

"Recycling, packaging, businesses are changing all of those things because that's what consumers want."  - Jerry Greenfield #trvst #quotes #recycling #refuse #environmentallyfriendly #earthdayeveryday #changetheworld #reuse #ecoconscious #wecandobetter #gogreen #reducereuserecycle
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Recycling, packaging, businesses are changing all of those things because that's what consumers want.

- Jerry Greenfield


One half of the Ben & Jerry’s brand, Jerry Greenfield has always given back to the community even before he was making money to give back with. Jerry is using his influence with the brand to launch a college that aims to educate young adults on climate change and hopefully equip them to fight it. This recycling quote is proof that our words and activism are reaching the ears of corporations.

Moreover, Ben & Jerry’s donate large portions of their substantial profit towards the preservation of the Amazon rainforest. Jerry has said, “If it’s melted, it’s ruined”. Maybe he was not talking about ice cream, but rather the ice caps.

"Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will help California flourish in a drier future."  - Frances Beinecke #trvst #quotes #recycling #water #upcycling #wasteless #savetheplanet #takeaction #reducereuserecycle #noplanetb #environment #socialimpact
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Water efficiency, recycling, and other local supplies will help California flourish in a drier future.

- Frances Beinecke


Frances Beinecke is a politician, environmental lawyer and former president of the National Resources Defence Council (NRDC). Currently, Beinecke serves on numerous environmental awareness and defence boards.

Earth Day also inspired Frances to make a stand for environmental preservation. Her passion is pointed at water pollution and rallying behind cleaning up the earth’s oceans. She fights for the environment in the courtroom and we have set many precedents from cases won by NRDC.

"For me, green is more about cycling than recycling."  - Giles Deacon #trvst #quotes #recycling #green #refuse #loveourplanet #trash #impact #recycled #biodegradable #planetearthfirst #dosomething
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For me, green is more about cycling than recycling.

- Giles Deacon


Giles Deacon is a British fashion designer. Deacon works with environmental awareness causes such as T-shirts for Justice which raised awareness of the poisonous effect that cotton production can have on the ecosystem. He has also done a complete fashion show as a stab at how the fashion industry has not been environmentally friendly in decades past. Giles reminds us with this recycling quote that there are many ways to repurpose an item before its end-of-life.

"I like to take out the recycling because I actually feel like I'm doing something."  - Mike Quigley #trvst #quotes #recycling #upcycling #savetheplanet #sustainableliving #socialchange #repair #wastefree #wasteless #socialimpact #reduce
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I like to take out the recycling because I actually feel like I'm doing something.

- Mike Quigley


Mike Quigley is a U.S. congressman and the vice-chair for the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). Mike is passionate about sustainable energy and while he was in office as a congressman he supported many legislations that protect endangered species (both fauna and flora) and received a strong rating on the League of Conservation Voters. Quigley has been influential in the fight for human rights and the LGBT community recognizes him as an outspoken ally.

"If recycling is the future, then we must focus our efforts on mitigating negative impacts to our community while protecting our environment."  - Tony Cardenas #trvst #quotes #recycling #environment #impacts #focus #reducereuserecycle #wastefree #betterfortheplanet #socialimpact #refurbished #ecoconscious
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If recycling is the future, then we must focus our efforts on mitigating negative impacts to our community while protecting our environment.

- Tony Cardenas


Tony Cardenas is a U.S. congressman and a previous member of the Los Angeles City Council. Tony is involved in several causes including animal rights, green energy and juvenile justice. He proposed the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard which set goals for the Department of Water and Power to use solar and wind energy to generate 20% of its energy. As an animal rights activist Cardenas has authored the legislation that created the first Animal Cruelty Task Force in Los Angeles.

"The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids."  - Antonio Banderas #trvst #quotes #recycling #repair #ecoconscious #ethical #bethechange #upcycling #ecoactivism #biodegradable #impact #reducereuserecycle
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The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.

- Antonio Banderas


You may know Antonio Banderas for his role as Zorro (amazon) or the voice of the feisty Puss in Boots, but he is more than a charismatic sword fighter. The United Nations Development Programme appointed Banderas as a Goodwill Ambassador in 2010.

Banderas is working alongside the UNDP towards eliminating poverty in the world by 2030. Antonio has supported causes ranging from fighting violence against women, women empowerment and climate change. He has also created many videos that speak out against these causes. 

Conclusion

We have a lot to learn about recycling. But buying less and making conscious purchases reduces the complexity of recycling in every home. If everyone jumped on the waste recycling wagon, our environment would be much safer. Not just for us, but for other organisms who have less control, but experience the same consequences of a degraded earth.

This is a message for everyone to do their part and save the planet.

More Recycling Quotes:

"If you’re not buying recycled products, you’re not really recycling."  - Ed Begley, Jr. #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #recycle #reducereuserecycle #wastefree #waronwaste #impact #repair #refurbished #ecoactivism
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If you’re not buying recycled products, you’re not really recycling.

- Ed Begley, Jr.


"We don't need more recycling, we need a completely different system of closed-loop manufacturing, and no matter how many cans I crush, my personal actions at the consumer level are of very little importance in getting us there."  - Alex Steffen #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #changeahabit #environment #ecoconscious #refuse #sustainability #gogreen #thinkgreen #upcycle
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We don't need more recycling, we need a completely different system of closed-loop manufacturing, and no matter how many cans I crush, my personal actions at the consumer level are of very little importance in getting us there.

- Alex Steffen


"I'm a recycling obsessive."  - Perdita Weeks #trvst #quotes #recycling #upcycling #biodegradable #wastefree #socialimpact #recycled #environment #plantbased #gogreen #reduce
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I'm a recycling obsessive.

- Perdita Weeks


"The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else’s backyard. "  - David Morris #trvst #quotes #recycling #garbage #pollution #recycle #wastefree #ethical #bethechange #repair #sustainability #wastenotwantnot
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The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else’s backyard.

- David Morris


"The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse."  - Issey Miyake #trvst #quotes #recycling #reuse #purpose #reducereuserecycle #reduce #savetheplanet #earthdayeveryday #socialimpact #upcycling #recycled
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The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.

- Issey Miyake


"My company in the U.S., Pratt Industries U.S.A., has grown from scratch to become a billion-dollar business based on recycling, as well as the largest Australian-owned employer of U.S. citizens."  - Anthony Pratt #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #planetearthfirst #wastefree #takeaction #upcycling #environmentallyfriendly #betterfortheplanet #dosomething #reduce
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My company in the U.S., Pratt Industries U.S.A., has grown from scratch to become a billion-dollar business based on recycling, as well as the largest Australian-owned employer of U.S. citizens.

- Anthony Pratt


"There's a recycling mentality about my work."  - Wangechi Mutu #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycled #dosomething #wastefree #thinkgreen #refuse #ecofriendly #dotherightthing #planetearthfirst #refurbished
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There's a recycling mentality about my work.

- Wangechi Mutu


"We were in recycling before recycling was cool."  - Anthony Pratt #trvst #quotes #recycling #upcycling #ecoactivism #wasteless #dosomething #refuse #dogood #environment #impact #repair
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We were in recycling before recycling was cool.

- Anthony Pratt


"I imagine a future with no waste; material innovations have already become exponentially more vast, and I do think the future needs to be cradle to cradle. If designed properly, one product could be used for many years before needing to be recycled, or its components reused."  - Yves Behar #trvst #quotes #recycling #reused #recycled #environmentallyfriendly #environment #socialimpact #repair #dogood #greenliving #changetheworld
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I imagine a future with no waste; material innovations have already become exponentially more vast, and I do think the future needs to be cradle to cradle. If designed properly, one product could be used for many years before needing to be recycled, or its components reused.

- Yves Behar


"When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do."  - Pam Shoemaker #trvst #quotes #recycling #upcycling #savetheplanet #greenliving #thinkgreen #reduce #ecofriendly #changeahabit #ecoconscious #upcycle
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When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do.

- Pam Shoemaker


"God help anyone who disobeys my recycling system. I have all the separated bins. I'm very adamant about it because I try to be a good citizen of the world, I really do. I even use eco-friendly cleaning products, but sometimes you just have to break open the disinfectant. Some jobs require it."  - Linda Evangelista #trvst #quotes #recycling #ecofriendly #eco #recycled #noplanetb #ecoconscious #collectiveaction #refuse #earthdayeveryday #ecoactivism
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God help anyone who disobeys my recycling system. I have all the separated bins. I'm very adamant about it because I try to be a good citizen of the world, I really do. I even use eco-friendly cleaning products, but sometimes you just have to break open the disinfectant. Some jobs require it.

- Linda Evangelista


"I'm mad keen on recycling because I'm worried about the next generation and where all this waste we're producing is going. It has to stop. I wash out my plastic containers and recycle envelopes, everything I possibly can."  - Cherie Lunghi #trvst #quotes #recycling #waste #plastic #recycle #reducereuserecycle #saynotoplastic #gogreen #dogood #planetearthfirst #upcycling
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I'm mad keen on recycling because I'm worried about the next generation and where all this waste we're producing is going. It has to stop. I wash out my plastic containers and recycle envelopes, everything I possibly can.

- Cherie Lunghi


"We're all concerned about sustainable energy. If we could recycle waste heat to generate energy, we could use it for something useful."  - Mildred Dresselhaus #trvst #quotes #recycling #sustainable #waste #recycle #energy #reuse #savetheplanet #sustainability #socialchange #refurbished
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We're all concerned about sustainable energy. If we could recycle waste heat to generate energy, we could use it for something useful.

- Mildred Dresselhaus


"It's all about fair trade, and helping people eating locally grown stuff. We're recycling everything. We're trying to tour in the most conscious way possible, environmentally and socially."  - Andrew Dost #trvst #quotes #recycling #refuse #environment #wastefree #impact #reducereuserecycle #trash #dogood #thinkgreen #recycled
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It's all about fair trade, and helping people eating locally grown stuff. We're recycling everything. We're trying to tour in the most conscious way possible, environmentally and socially.

- Andrew Dost


"I am involved in Greenpeace. And I just recently completely switched my diet over to near-veganism. So you try to do little things that you can. I recycle every single day. Every single thing in my house that can be recycled is."  - Lindsey Shaw #trvst #quotes #recycling #recycle #recycled #reducereuserecycle #reduce #sustainableliving #waronwaste #thinkgreen #upcycle #refurbished
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I am involved in Greenpeace. And I just recently completely switched my diet over to near-veganism. So you try to do little things that you can. I recycle every single day. Every single thing in my house that can be recycled is.

- Lindsey Shaw


"Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out."  - Martina Navratilova #trvst #quotes #recycling #gay #environment #reuse #earthdayeveryday #ethical #thinkgreen #repair #wasteless #gogreen
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Just by being out you're doing your part. It's like recycling. You're doing your part for the environment if you recycle; you're doing your part for the gay movement if you're out.

- Martina Navratilova


"I'm adamant about recycling in my house, and I'm always making sure to turn off the lights."  - Matt Lanter #trvst #quotes #recycling #repair #environment #ethical #changetheworld #reduce #ecoactivism #wecandobetter #socialchange #upcycling
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I'm adamant about recycling in my house, and I'm always making sure to turn off the lights.

- Matt Lanter


"Even when we think or talk about recycling, lots of recyclable stuff ends up getting incinerated or in landfills and leaving many municipalities, diversion rates - they leave much to be recycled. And where is this waste handled? Usually in poor communities."  - Majora Carter #trvst #quotes #recycling #waste #landfills #recycled #poor #communities #reuse #refuse #environment #ecoactivism
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Even when we think or talk about recycling, lots of recyclable stuff ends up getting incinerated or in landfills and leaving many municipalities, diversion rates - they leave much to be recycled. And where is this waste handled? Usually in poor communities.

- Majora Carter


"I'm really interested in how you create a whole new economy of recycling. It's literally the 'underground economy.' All this stuff that on the surface creates growth and profit, ends up with waste, junk, and CO2. So how do you make it economic to bring new players into the ball game?"  - Peter Senge #trvst #quotes #recycling #waste #co2 #refurbished #greenliving #planetearthfirst #socialchange #upcycling #wasteless #loveourplanet
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I'm really interested in how you create a whole new economy of recycling. It's literally the 'underground economy.' All this stuff that on the surface creates growth and profit, ends up with waste, junk, and CO2. So how do you make it economic to bring new players into the ball game?

- Peter Senge


"In my family we've always been into ethical stuff and recycling."  - Bonnie Wright #trvst #quotes #recycling #ethical #family #upcycling #trash #sustainability #socialchange #recycled #planetearthfirst #changeahabit
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In my family we've always been into ethical stuff and recycling.

- Bonnie Wright


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