Saturday, April 20, 2013

Help the Earth: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I like to create posts every year around Earth Day to help people learn about the things they can do to help out the earth. So, here's my push for you all to reduce, reuse, recycle!

This is a common topic: everyone’s heard the phrase Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Well, in case you’ve heard that saying but don’t really know why it’s good to do it, I’m going to give you a few reasons:

Reduce and Reuse: You can do many things to reduce your consumption and reuse items. You can give hand me down clothes or buy reusable bags for groceries. The ideas that the EPA’s website recommends are:

•Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
•Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
•Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
•Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires, and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
•Borrow, rent, or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools, or furniture.

Recycling: Recycling is another great way to help the earth. When you recycle, your old plastic bottles, glass bottles or paper gets made into something new. That way new trees don’t need to be cut down, new plastic doesn’t need to be created and we throw away less items (so they won’t sit in landfills…)

•Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators;
•Conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals;
•Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to collect new raw materials;
•Saves energy;
•Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
•Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
•Helps create new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.

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