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Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
The Three Rs That Could Save The Planet
First of all, something I want to make clear is the fact that we only have one planet and it is our collective duty to do whatever we can to make sure the Earth is inhabitable not only for us and our families but for our future generations. One small step we can take immediately is to grasp the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle.
So how do we do this? One step, amongst others, is to reduce, reuse and recycle. One of the significant problems we have is the rate of waste production and its environmental consequences.
Let’s look at it this way. When was the last time you drank soda from an aluminium can or water from a plastic bottle? What did you do with the can or bottle when you were finished? Did you know both could be recycled to create something else? Pollution is the introduction of harmful chemicals into the environment that can hurt people and the Earth’s pollutants can come from waste that isn’t recycled. Pollution can also be caused by smoke emission in the air and the chemicals we put in the water. These pollutants can make us and other animals very sick. It is a huge problem in our world today. Is there something you can do about it? There certainly is. You can help by applying reduce, reuse and recycle.
The principle of reduction is trying a smaller, more straightforward, and less consequential method of doing things – finding ways that do not harm the environment as a whole. If you want to take some responsibility for reduction, first, reduce something simple such as turning off the lights when you leave a room or turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. These things can make a big difference. Walking or riding a bike rather than driving a car, or even using a cloth rather than paper towels when you spill something in the kitchen can help our planet. By reducing, we can use alternative methods that do not harm the world and still achieve what we want to get done.
Reusing is merely finding an alternative use for something that has come to the end of its primary purpose, or buying something that you know would continually be used by you, such as a rechargeable battery that can be used over and over again instead of a standard disposable battery.
When your children don’t want their toys anymore, don’t throw them away. Find a friend whose children might like them. Clothes that they’ve grown out of can be donated for others to wear; a plastic cup you drank out of can be cleaned and used to store small items in the kitchen. Many items that are thrown away could be reused.
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials as opposed to conventional waste disposal, which does a lot of harm to the planet. This way, reused materials can be used in the same way as new materials.
Countless things can be recycled. Take a look at the bottom of plastic cups and containers; if you see the recycle symbol, you can recycle the item; newspapers, books, glass jars and bottles, and plastic items can be recycled, among other things. Most areas garbage trucks that pick up recycled items. If there is one in your area, please use it. We only have one planet to live on so be someone who makes an effort to take care of it.
In the United States of America, the amount of garbage produced is enough to fill up 65,000 trucks daily. These statistics are shocking. Some of these things could have been reused, reduced or recycled. The balance of the planet is dependent on many things, one of which is how we treat our waste. Use these three Rs to save our world because, in the long run, it would be inhabitable not only for us but for others after us. So, from me to you, I say, do the right thing and SAVE THE PLANET.