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It almost always takes less energy to make a product from recycled materials than it does to make it from new materials.

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Recycling is the act of converting waste into reusable material. Recycling often saves energy and natural resources.

Natural resources include land, plants, minerals, and water. By using materials more than once, we conserve natural resources.

Recycling saves energy in the production of new products

Making a product from recycled materials almost always requires less energy than it does to make the product using new materials. For example, using recycled aluminum scrap to make new aluminum cans uses 95% less energy than making aluminum cans from bauxite ore, the raw material used to make aluminum.

Recycling paper saves trees and water. Making a ton of paper from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water.