Either is good and here is why!
Everyone should be concerned about the planets future and how the damage we are doing to it on a daily basis will alter the way the future generations live their lives.
The reason that recycling is so important so we use less energy and produce less materials that can cause harm to wildlife.
Another way of helping is by upcycling. This is similar to recycling but without actually throwing items away. What happens is that you turn unwanted items into something completely new and useable.
Upcycling is all about putting your thinking cap on and being a little creative and this is one of the reasons people do it, a hobby can turn into something productive. Using an old wine bottle as a candle holder,
It is not a new idea and it goes back many years to the 1930’s when time was very tough for families and you had to make do with what you have and make things last as long as possible. This would cut the cost of spending on new things and you reduce the amount of waste that goes into the rubbish removal cycle.
Both recycling and upcycling are great and they both reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and pollution so do as much as you possibly can! You can get some great, creative ideas of what to do here!
Did you know that when you put some of your recycling out for collection that it can actually get rejected when it reaches the recycling centre.
There are some slight things that you may be doing when filling your waste bins that increase the chances of the material being rejected for re-use and added to the rubbish pile.
In the UK we throw away on average 407 kg of waste each year. Different areas of the UK deal with waste in different ways and the percentages vary on where it goes.
Here are some of the simple things that you may be doing that can be corrected with a little more care and attention.
Did you know, although that your takeaway pizza boxes are made from cardboard that they may get rejected for recycling as pizza may contain too much grease. This will contaminate the card and make it unsuitable for re-use.
Also, you can contaminate any garden waste or grass cuttings if there are any stones left in the pile which will make it unusable. This is because they will not be broken down as things like soil and leafs will. Mixing any organic food waste with dry recyclables will also pollute anything that it is mixed with.
You can recycle almost anything, from furniture and clothing to food scraps.
You can make such a significant difference to recycling at home. Recycling is simple and requires a small effort if you create a system within your home. Whether it is using a bag, box or a bin. You should keep this next to your rubbish bin to remind everyone in the house hold to recycle, making it an easier process.
Here are some great simplest tips for improving recycling at home, as one slight change can make a difference.
- Flatten your cardboard boxes when you put them in the recycling, this will ensure everything fits in your bin neatly.
- All plastic bottles can be recycled so put them all in your recycling bin. In most boroughs, you can also recycle all your plastic bottles, tubs and pots.
- You can recycle your envelopes, wrapping paper, birthday cards and even phone books as well as newspapers. All types of cardboard can be recycled.
- Most metallic items are also recyclable, you can also recycle, kitchen foil and empty aerosols.
- Keep a bag or a space in a cupboard in the kitchen for storing the recycling as you go. It also makes it easy to take things to the recycling bins that way.
- On your way to a supermarket or work, stop off at the recycling point and drop your recycling. This allows you fit recycling into a routine, and your family can also learn about recycling too this way too.
Upcycling is the new catch phrase when it comes to everything DIY. It has been practiced for many years but it was given this catchy term only a few years back. For anyone who might not be familiar with the term, upcycling is the art of turning anything old and unusable into something new and fresh by adding a bit of flare. Whether it’s turning your old tires into a garden table or giving your old couch a wonderful facelift, the options are too many to consider when it comes to upcycling furniture.
Here are reasons why you should upcycle
We all have items we don’t use and would like to throw away
Over the years, we accumulate lots of items we don’t use and it gets to a point where we need to clear out old items to create more room for the new. Instead of throwing items away and buying new furniture, how about turning it into a home DIY project?
It’s a great DIY project, for your friends and your family
Every once in a while, you might feel the need to channel your creative juices to something you can engage all your senses in. This is where upcycling comes in. Whether you want to take it up yourself or involve family and friends, it’s a great way to get people around you to bond, take part in a fun project and spend time together.
Preserves the environment
This is one great way to preserve the environment! A lot of furniture is too bulky to be reused or recycled so it ends up taking up loads of space in landfills and dumps. Upcycling helps you make use of your old furniture and making something useful, beautiful and practical which you can use in your everyday life
It’s a great way to revamp your home
Adding a new piece of furniture to your home or garden is a sure way to spruce things up. Whether it’s giving your cushions a facelift, or whether you choose to paint an old piece of wooden furniture, it will definitely change the appearance of the piece and give the room a whole new look and feel.
It saves you cash
Upcycling is a great way to revamp your home at minimal cost. Sure you might need to buy some material or tools but the cost is extremely low in comparison to having to purchase new furniture.
Upcycling is a fun, creative and wonderful way to recycle your furniture and turn it into conversation pieces. Involve your friends and family and make it a memorable DIY project you will hold dear for years to come!
Nearly all of us these days have a recycle bin. However, to this day a lot of people still are not going the right way about it and are not making the best usage of having one. So before just chucking the next packet you see into the recycle bin or dustbin, there are still some key things to remember.
Are you sure it goes in there?
Even though recycling is a great way to keep things green, it’s going to be pretty useless if you’re putting the wrong waste in it. Putting the wrong items in the recycle can contaminate other waste, meaning the whole bin won’t get recycled and will have to be sent to landfill instead. It may come as a surprise to you with some items, but unfortunately black bags, shredded paper (for the most part), food waste, some plastics (including polystyrene), nappies (unsoiled or soiled) and textiles can NOT be recycled.
Don’t forget to check
Let’s be honest, we have all done it where we chuck a recyclable item in the usual waste bin. A little goes along way through, and we all have time to just have a quick check on the packaging before throwing it away.
You may not see it but it’s true…
- Up to 20% of recycle bins get contaminated and have to go to landfill.
- Up to 60% of rubbish that goes to the dustbin could be recycled.
- The unreleased energy that goes into the average dustbin could power a television for a staggering 5,000 hours!
- 1 recycled glass bottle can save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.
- Every single day over 80 million drink and food cans end up in landfill from just the UK alone.
We are all in this together
If we want to keep this planet healthy it’s a must to understand how important the do’s and don’ts of recycling really are. Because even though you may think you doing good by putting everything in the recycle you’re really not. Every little helps, and if more us just had a bit more knowledge on recycling and had a quick check on the packaging, it can go a long way.
Can you imagine living without water for a week? Or inhaling polluted air for a day? Well, these things are hard to imagine, we are so used to having the best of them that we just can’t think of it any other way. The air we inhale is free, we wake up, open a tap, find water flowing, shower, brush, cook, this is just so normal! However, if one were to look at the bigger picture, then it is easy to realize just why it is so important to ensure that we protect and conserve the natural resources around. In the words of one Nobel laureate, Nature is very unforgiving. For every action against nature, there’s a reaction. Mind you, the natural resources of the world today are being depleted unlike on any other time in history.
How are natural resources misused or polluted?
- Air pollution can be in form of releasing harmful gases and fumes, or even by what we call sound pollution via loud music and noise.
- When harmful gases are released into the environment, they form an artificial cloud above, and mist. In cities like Beijing, New Delhi, fumes from cars and industries have turned the air into a milky whitish mist that limits visibility.
- As for water, polluted water from industries directed into rivers, streams, has been known to kill aquatic animals, as well as diminishing the plant life therein. Just some years ago, Shell, the Oil Giant, was responsible for one of the worst Oil spills in history, a spill that killed thousands of sea birds and other marine life in the American Gulf coast.
Best ways to conserve air and water;
- When showering, don’t leave the taps running for long, use as little as water as you need.
- Instead of driving to the workplace in your car and emit so much carbon waste, you should consider riding a bike, or using public transport.
- When washing your car, instead of doing it on plain stones or gravel, consider doing so on the lawn or grass. The waste water can irrigate the grass, and reduce the need for later watering.
- Habits like cigarette smoking are not just harmful for your health; the smoke isn’t very friendly to the environment.
- Water can also be recycled; in Israel, waste water and sewerage are recycled, to produce water than can be later used for irrigation, even drinking!
The good thing about protecting our natural resources is that the steps are simple and easy, you can be the change that you want to see.
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Recycling has been touted as the best way to help conserve the environment; if we were to all use recycled materials, then there would be little need for manufacturing so many new goods and products. Mind you, it is during the manufacturing of goods and products that industries release the most greenhouse emissions. Therefore, it is the high time that we all made a point of always ensuring that we buy recycled products.
- Needless to say, recycled products are always cheaper than newly manufactured products. This is not to say that the former is of a lesser quality than the former. Just that the cost of producing a recycled product is always lesser, and this translates to a cheaper retailing cost.
- Being cheaper, you thus get to save an extra coin here, another there. You can use that money in something else and still enjoy the services offered by the recycled product.
- When clearing waste and rubbish from your home, you can sort all the waste, and put aside whatever can be recycled. You can then arrange with the waste clearance company to have the waste taken for recycling and once complete, you buy the product. This again won’t just help you save money; it will give you joy to know that you’ve made tangible and clear efforts to help conserve the environment.
- According to some statistics, each time there are 20 instances of paper being recycled, it helps save mother nature of 17 adult trees, over 390 gallons of oil, not to mention the over 4100 Kwh of raw energy that would have been used. As such, the air pollution you help save by buying recycled product cannot be quantified in terms of money; it is just a noble action that is priceless.
- Nowadays, manufacturing companies and major shops have embraced recycling so much, and are using that fact to woo in more customers. When shopping, you’ll notice that recycled goods have a sticker on the side, indicating that the product has been recycled. Always go for such products, for it shows that the manufacturer has gone to great lengths to protect the environment. Mind you, many manufacturers are too greedy and guided by profits, that they hardly pay attention to recycling.
In some major shopping stores, entire areas have been designated as Green zones; here, you’ll find a collection of all day to day items that have been recycled. Purchasing such is not only cheaper, it is a noble thing to do.
The effects and impacts of climate change are no longer a myth, or a rumor; they are out there in the open for everyone to see. Today, the harmful emission of harmful gasses to the environment, the reduction of forest cover; all these have contributed towards the current unpredictable weather patterns, air pollution, and droughts in most parts of the world. Global warming has been caused primarily by harmful practices of mankind towards Mother Nature.
So, how can I help Mother Nature remain unharmed, undisturbed, on a personal level?
On a personal level, we can sum up in 3 main ways, the things you can do to help mother nature overcome the greed of mankind; reduce, reuse, recycle.
Reduce; as an individual, try engraving in your daily habits, a tendency to reduce your usage of whatever commodity you’re using. Reduce the electricity you consume monthly by investing in energy saving bulbs, or make use of transparent roofing sheets that will let light inside your house in the daytime. Do not leave lights on when no one needs them. Reduce the amount of water you use in your household; wash your car close to your garden or lawn so that water irrigates the plants therein. Avoid washing and cleaning items with the tap running; rather, get a basin to reduce water wastage.
Reuse; out of the rubbish generated in your household or office premises, quite a huge percentage of that waste can be reused. This starts from simple things like ensuring that you use both sides of a paper before throwing it away, to more complex ones like converting and repainting old car tires in your home, and then using them to enhance the aesthetic value of your driveway. These tires can be half buried lining both sides of your driveway, and then painted creatively; they always give the home a great look.
Recycle; recycling will also help you spare Mother Nature the loss of resources she would have undergone to produce new items. Harmful gases are emitted and much fossil energy used, each time a new item is manufactured. But recycling helps manufacture a new item, without using new raw materials.
These 3 methods are the bottom-line; you should embrace them and make a tangible contribution towards helping the environment remain fresh and healthy.
Just late last year, world leaders gathered in Paris, France, to come up with a global environmental agreement that would see countries reduce their carbon emissions. Why would world leaders, leaders of the powerful and wealthy nations come together to talk about the environment, while there are other pressing problems like terrorism? Well, the truth is that the challenges that the environment faces are worse than terrorism; unless the world takes a common stand towards protecting the environment, mankind’s very existence is in jeopardy.
So what does it exactly mean to be environmentally responsible?
Being environmentally friendly simply means being thoughtful of our day to day activities, in relation to the environment we live in. From our lifestyles, to driving to the workplace, to how we spend our day at work; all these provide us with an opportunity to be eco responsible.
How to eco responsible;
When you rise up in the morning, what do you do fast? When ironing your clothes to go to work, do you mind your usage of power, or you care less? Always start with the clothes that need more power, and finish with the light ones that won’t consume much power.
- When it is time to go to work, again, think of all the co2 your car emits, just to drive 2 miles away to work. Consider opting for public transport, or ride a bike to work; it’s healthier anyway, besides reducing your carbon emissions.
- When you arrive at work as the first person in the morning, open the windows, let natural light come in. Switch off security lights and others that are not in use during the daytime.
- When it is meal time at work, don’t rush to throw away left over foods; wrap them nicely, and consider carrying them home in the evening to feed chicken, or dogs. Preparing new meals for your pet or yourself always consumes energy that is derived from the environment.
- Plant trees/ flowers; planting trees not only makes your home or work place beautiful; it also helps consume the c02 produced by industries and by man.
- Avoid junk foods; one may assume that junk foods are bad only for your health; but truth is that they also harm the environment. Junk foods bought from supermarkets are wrapped in polythene bags that litter the compound, and are also difficult to rot when disposed of. Besides, most of these junk foods like sugary beverages, fried chicken, candies, all are produced in large-scale industries that consume thousands of tons of coal and energy each year. Supposing we all kept off from junk foods? The world would be a cleaner, healthier place to be in!