When you buy new, you are using nonrenewable resources:
Things are constructed with many different things; plastic, metal, rubber, wood, copper.
- In order to get plastic, the use of cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil is necessary. Crude oil is a complex mixture of thousands of compounds.
- In order to get metal, the earth must be drilled into. Using tons of gas.
- In order to get wood, forests must be destroyed and regrown.
- Copper, similar to metal, requires mining. The only thing is that there is an extensive process to produce it. Resulting in more toxic waste.
Assembling items requires additional resources:
Every manufactured item requires more than just the material used; gasoline, oil, coal, labor.
- The gasoline being used emits Carbon Monoxide (CO), which is poisonous for the ozone.
- Oil is one of the most dangerous carcinogens and is destructive in many ways.
- Coal is similar to gasoline and releases Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
- The labor involved requires workers to work 60 hours a week and share a small dorm with 6 people.
Buying used keeps the item alive:
You are keeping the item from rotting in a landfill.
New items require many questionable activities to take place. Buying used only requires shipment and packaging.