Less energy is used to recycle an old product than to create a new one.
Everything ever made has at some point been made from raw materials sourced from the earth. Most of the natural resources used to make these products are non-renewable. Recycling means these natural resources can be used again. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill, which can help to save:
fuel used for transportation
space used for landfill
greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycled items can be made into a variety of useful products. They are not necessarily turned into the same product every time. For example steel and aluminium can be turned into bike parts, appliances and car parts. Plastic bottles can be turned into polar fleeces, backpacks, sleeping bags and ski suit insulation.