We are making a conscientious attempt to become greener and utilize the planet’s resources responsibly. Each individual is responsible for doing his/her part as best he/she can to help save and preserve this beautiful planet. Every little counts, from buying products in environmentally friendly packaging to growing some veggies in your backyard. By reducing our daily waste we contribute a lot to being responsible Earth citizens and become an important part in sustainability efforts. Reducing waste should be our primary goal, followed by reusing items as best as we can. We can give a second life to objects, we can think twice before putting something in the trash in order to use it in a different way or alter it on another form and for another purpose. This takes us to the issue of repurposing. When we repurpose items we help the environment as well. We reduce our waste and we give a second chance to items which would end up in a landfill somewhere. when we want to dispose of items we should recycle them as well as we can, by following our city’s recycling programs and doing as best as we can to keep these things out of a landfill.
Many items such as plastic items, glass items will end up as new products, companies will save money in the manufacturing process, and the economy will benefit from it as well. This is how we affect a cycle, we are an important part in every sense of our existence in this planet.
A great example to illustrate this method is buying eggs. Depending on where you live, you can either:
- get your own eggs by raising chickens,
- buy your eggs from a farm, reducing packaging waste,
- buy the eggs at a grocery store, but choosing eggs in a cardboard container instead of the Styrofoam containers,
- reusing the cardboard container to grow seeds for your vegetables,
- last, recycle the cardboard container in the garbage, as appropriate in your town.
By using our imagination, we can turn used items into something else. We can be innovative in our everyday living by following this method – reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.