The 3 R’s of Environmentalism

Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling

It may not seem like much to use a refillable water jug instead of disposable cups or to take the bus rather than drive to work, but the fact is that every little bit truly does help. Styrofoam containers and carbon emissions are part of the problem, so cutting back on waste and pollution is part of the solution. Granted, it’s better to walk than to carpool, but they’re both better than driving yourself around.

Little things can make a really big difference…

Think about how many plastic bags people get from the grocery store and you will soon realize how important it is to carry reusable shopping bags. For this and countless other reasons, whenever it is possible in your life, avoid having to throw things away. Don’t get me wrong, trash definitely needs to go in the garbage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make use of things better.

The planet is just as much your home as any house you might ever live in. So, it’s essential to treat the environment with respect. This means getting rid of things the right way.

First and foremost, always remember the old adage: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Hand-me-downs have helped impoverished families since time immemorial. Giving unwanted items away to charity is by far the best way to dispose of anything useful. In contrast to this, things that are simply no good anymore need to be dealt with in other ways.

Obviously, whatever you are throwing away needs to be gotten rid of in a reasonable fashion. You should never, as an example, pour antifreeze out on the ground because it has a sweet taste that can attract animals which then die from ingesting a lethal substance. In this instance, a more appropriate thing to do is to flush it down the toilet or pour it down the drain. The toxic ethylene glycol contained in antifreeze is safely treated by the processing at your local sewage plant.

Now, let’s say you break a mirror. What should you do with it? Well, unlike the glass in old soda pop bottles and baby food jars, mirrors contain additional materials that are not recyclable. This means you just have to throw them in the trash. Landfills are full of similar glass from light bulbs, cookware, TV tubes and crystal, to name but a few. With that in mind, it’s very important to remember that landfills are not compost piles, that’s why we should keep our biodegradable waste out of the dumps.

It’s critical that we compost and recycle as much as we can throughout the world. To make this happen we need to dispose of things in the best possible ways. Used motor oil, lawn clippings, potato chip bags and old tennis shoes all need to be dealt with in very different ways if we plan to live in the cleanest safest environment we can for countless generations to come.

So, we all gotta find more ways to have less detrimental impact on each other!

And, we gotta take better care of the environment!!!

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