Resource reuse means using a discarded product, component or material for the same function it originally served, with minimal processing. When purchasing a material, identifying those that have been used or those that are reusable may reduce the environmental impact of your product.
Products, components, materials, packaging and even equipment can all be reused. Depending on the function and design criteria of the product, significant cost savings may be collected by not purchasing new products or virgin materials.
Reused resources are typically used for the same purpose as it was originally made for, differentiating it from “reclaimed” resources.