A better approach would be to understand why we want to hoard things and stop doing that. In yoga philosophy, there’s a concept called aparigraha or non-attachment or non-greed. Only buy what you need and be content with what you already have. Instead of comforting yourself that you can always recycle – learn to give and take approach. Give away what you do not need and have the humility to take from people who want to give.
Swaps are a great way to get new things without producing additional CO2 from the production.