Conservation seems to be on everyone’s lips lately. Nowadays, people are getting more aware of the environment; hence they start to do more. There are many ideas for the environment that we can follow. The way to save energy, save money, save resources, and most importantly, save the world (it’s the only one we have right now). Being green is certainly the trend and the phrase reduce, reuse, recycle is being used more and more often by environmentally conscious people as well.
Reduce can be determined to reduce the amount of energy you use and the number of waste you produce. Many simple methods don’t cause much trouble for the average person. Paying attention to the set of things you purchase is just one simple way to reduce consumption. Consider subscribing to a service that reduces or even eliminates the total amount of spam you receive. This is again for you personally and the world at large.
Also, avoid buying magazines and newspapers that waste tens of thousands of trees each year. Get your information online or on TV. Finally, put all your appliances and electronics in power strips that you can easily turn off at night when you’re not using them to avoid “phantom power.” Not only will you reduce your energy consumption, but you’ll likely reduce your electric bill as well.
Many actions we can take to save the Earth, including to choose to reuse items instead of throwing them away. For example, if you buy individual packages of liquid hand soap for each sink in the house, you can buy one large bottle of hand soap and still fill the larger containers. Giving away is just another way to reuse items. You pass on anything you don’t find useful to those who will use it, without having to buy new and without having all the resources needed to make a new consumer item. The resulting compost is like gold to bikers, so even if you don’t need it, you’ll probably find a budding gardener who will buy it for you.
Recycling is very similar to reuse in the same specific issue that is used. However, recycling breaks down the product into a simple substance and turns it into something completely different. For example, a stack of plastic bottles can be turned into a children’s sandbox. It is important to know your community’s ground rules for recycling, as each area is different. For example, on plastic items, you should find a number surrounded by the recycling logo (looks like an arrow triangle). Plastics with specific numbers tend to be a little more difficult (and more expensive) to market, as many municipalities only accept the easiest totals to process. You must be able to find out your local laws on your city’s website or by calling your local city hall. Aside from plastic, which can be sticky, you can usually recycle all metal cans, all glass containers, juice and milk cartons (along with tin cans and jars), newspapers, magazines, various other printed papers and food cartons (like this spaghetti).
New to the recycling scene, repurposing is my favourite step toward conservation. I like the idea of finding a new approach to using something old-fashioned. For example, my daughter and I let the shell dwellers paint some old quahog shells and awkward bulging eyes and raffia hair. I also have a classic dry sink that was dropped to make a makeshift garden centre and also an old hose to get a home watering system for my garden. I am currently weaving a few strips of plastic bags into placemats, which are easy to keep clean and very attractive to the greenery in my head.