Every one of us should strive to leave a positive impact on the world, one of the best ways to do exactly that is recycling. It is important to both the environment and us.
Every day, you should try to reduce the amount of wasted produced by you, this is one of the most effective ways to help the environment.
Next, reusing things instead of throwing them away is an excellent way to prevent wattage and polluting the environment.
However, if you cannot reuse, then consider recycling, the materials you throw away to be used again by making them into new products. (For example paper)
Here are a couple of things you can do at different places to help in stopping waste production:
- At work
- Packing your lunch in reusable boxes instead of using tin foil.
- Try going paperless as much as possible, if you cannot, then use only what you need.
- If an email, phone call or a personal visit gets the job done , then do not use paper
- If you’re going to print something , choose the double-sided option
- Choose refillable items such as printer cartridges, glue etc.
- Reuse folders rather than order new ones
- Recycle cans, plastic and glass bottles, paper, card, etc.
- At Home
- Avoid giving presents with excess packaging.
- Have a go at making your own presents or cards
- Buy solar-powered items such as pocket calculators and watches.
- Choose products that can use mains power rather than batteries
- Use rechargeable batteries when appropriate.
- Consider growing your own vegetables – many varieties can be grown in small gardens.
- Donate unwanted furniture and appliances to a furniture reuse scheme
- Repair broken items rather than buy new ones
- Take old carrier bags to the shop with you to use again or use them as bin liners
- Scrap paper can be used both sides, for children’s drawings, shopping lists
- Re-use containers like margarine tubs for storage of nails or coloring pencils
- Donate unwanted clothing and small household items to charity shops and jumble sales.
- Reuse items wherever possible. For example yoghurt pots are ideal for growing seedlings, swap magazines with friends, or give them to surgeries for waiting rooms.
- Use local recycling facilities such as glass bottle banks, plastic bottle banks, can banks, shoe banks, textile banks etc.
- Participate in any recycling service your district or borough council may offer from your home.
- When Shopping
- If you are buying a computer, enquire whether it can be upgraded easily without the need for a complete replacement. This means you will only need new components rather than a completely new computer.
- Many products can be bought loose and in less packaging; DIY products (such as screws and paint brushes); fruit and vegetables; meats and cheese; stationery
- Buy concentrated products or products sold in refill packs such as detergents, fabric conditioner, household cleaners and herbs and spices
- Avoid buying lots of different cleaning products which are designed for different purposes, choose one multi-purpose cleaner instead
- Avoid buying mini portions of food such as cereals, jam and coffee on a regular basis
- Use crates to take home your shopping, or support ‘bag for life’ schemes
- Buy re-useable products instead of disposable ones, like rechargeable batteries, plastic picnic tableware instead of paper ones.
Hopefully, you try to implement some of these (or all of them if you can) in your day to day life. The tips mentioned above are related to the concept of 3Rs, which stands for: reduce, reuse and recycle.
The point is to produce less trash, reuse things instead of throwing them away and finally recycling, so that we can remake new things from old stuff which reduces waste.