Eco-Cycle Guides & Resources

Eco-Cycle launched recycling in Colorado in 1976, and today is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit recyclers and a leader of the Zero Waste movement.

Eco-cycle offers a variety of downloads, videos, guides and research to help you reduce, reuse, recycle, and more. Their most popular resources will you learn about, implement, and advocate for Zero Waste policies and practices. Explore their educational resources, reports, guides and more to help you attain your recycling, composting, and Zero Waste goals in the Eco-cycle Resource Library

Zero Waste Tools

Eco-Cycle builds Zero Waste communities that promote circular economies. Learn more about their work to advance Zero Waste policies, programs, and infrastructure!

Whether you’re new to Zero Waste or a seasoned practitioner, we have the info you need to live more sustainably. Learn the best tips for reducing waste in the first place, easy life hacks for reusing, and even how to rid your mailbox of junk-mail waste you don’t want and never asked for. For those in the Boulder County area, we have guides, games, and apps to keep you in the know on the many local resources we have available to recycle, reuse, and compost.

Zero Waste resources produced by Eco-Cycle staff are free to download and distribute. From printable guidelines to their one-of-a-kind recycling app, you don’t want to miss these Zero Waste tools.

Green America Green Living Guide

Green Living

How to make the most sustainable living decisions for your home, family, and community. Hear stories from people who have turned their green living ideas into action! Find Green Products & Services

Search the National Green Pages below to find the healthy, ethical, green products and services you need from socially responsible businesses. The businesses featured here have earned Green America’s Green Business Certification, so you can be assured they are dedicated to building an economy that works for people and the planet.

Find certified socially responsible and sustainable businesses.  Shop green products and services in the Green Pages


Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services

Greener purchasing can catalyze a more sustainable marketplace for all – reducing climate impacts, improving the health of communities, preventing pollution, and increasing climate resiliency.

Learn more about how to identify and purchase more sustainable products.


Sustainable Marketplace: Greener Products and Services | US EPA

Pocket Guides

It’s hard to remember to be a conscious consumer each time you go to the store, restaurant or mall. Here are some reference tools to help you make mindful choices when making purchases.

Pocket Guide | Conscious Consumer Guide

It’s hard to remember to be a conscious consumer each time you go to the store, restaurant or mall. Here are some reference tools to help you make mindful choices when making purchases.

The 10 key questions to say “yes” to before purchasing a product:
  1. Is this product needed?
  2. Is this product non-toxic and safe to use?
  3. Is the product practical, durable, well made, and of good quality?
  4. Is the product made from renewable, recycled or post-consumer materials?
  5. Does the manufacturer practice sound sustainable manufacturing and fair trade practices?
  6. After the products useful life can it be recycled, composted, re-used or donated?
  7. Is the packaging recyclable or biodegradable?
  8. Is there a low carbon and energy use from transporting the product?
  9. Will it be easy to maintain by being low maintenance, cost, time and energy?
  10. Can the product be purchased used, borrowed or rented instead of purchased new?

Download the free Conscious Consumer Guide by eco-officiency.