Our planet needs saving, and if you think you are unable to do this, I am here to tell you; anybody can start recycling to help save the world.Recycling, reusing, and generally saving the planet’s natural resources is so simple and yet a lot of people don’t do it. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to do so, all it really requires is you deciding what can be reused or recycled. And that is practically anything!
You may have heard of Earth Day – it’s on 22nd April and it is one day in the year that the human race can be brought together to celebrate the Earth. The emphasis of the day is on the delicacy of the planet and what we can do to help keep it as beautiful as it is. It is also a day of celebration where people all over the world can truly express their appreciation for Earth and its natural resources.
Going green and recycling doesn’t mean making huge lifestyle changes. In fact, it can be something as simple as turning the lights off in your house when you go to bed! Although some people are admittedly quite wasteful, even those who admit to it can make a difference to the planet by recycling to achieve a healthier world.
Recycling paper and cardboard is one way of saving the planet and going green. Empty food boxes, cartons, junk mail, envelopes, phone books etc are all made of either paper or card and can be recycled and made into new products, meaning that we aren’t forcing companies to use un-recycled paper for printing and therefore we save trees – a natural resource which is rapidly running out. 250 million trees per year could be saved if we started recycling all of our old newspaper.
Plastic is generally non biodegradable which means that it cannot break down naturally like food waste can. When we throw away plastic bottles, food containers or packaging, the items get sent to landfill sites where can sit for years and years, contributing to more and more waste. It can take 700 years for a plastic bottle to decompose and 1000 years for plastic carrier bags to decompose. When shopping, make sure you reuse bags so that you are not contributing to this issue.
When recycling glass , it is crushed into tiny pieces, cleaned, melted down, and made into new products. Start recycling and reuse bottles and jars wherever possible, and if you cannot reuse them, make sure that they are properly recycled. Just one ton of recycled glass can save up to nine gallons of fuel which is used to power bottle making machines, meaning that you are saving resources and energy too!
So as you can see, small steps can make a big difference. Start recycling and don’t throw away. Next time you’re wadding up that letter to throw in the bin – remember that it is made out of paper and get recycling
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