All this news about the environment and what we, as human beings, are doing to harm our planet is distressing. One can only ignore it for so long you know? The truth of the matter is that we do need to be more responsible for our carbon footprint and we do need to recycle and we do need to pull our heads out of the sand and help out. It starts with one person. But if you consider the sheer amount of waste in terms of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and plastic grocery bags one household creates over the course of a year, then you can easily see how one person really can make a difference in saving and preserving our environment.
There are easy and completely doable steps each household can take that will make a significant difference in preserving natural resources and keeping the landfills from overflowing with non biodegradable products.
Creating a household recycling center is a good way to organize and streamline your recyclables. If you have curbside recycling, as 50% of the U.S. population does, you have bins brought to you by your trash service for separating paper from plastic and plastic from glass and glass from aluminum. Or, you know, some combination like that. In reality though, the true separation in terms of recycling says that paper products go into one bin and containers (plastic, aluminum, glass) go into another bin. Some lucky localities like Los Angeles have a one bin recycling, making it easy on residents there.
It can be helpful to take a look around your house and do an analysis. Do you drink a lot of bottled water? Those plastic bottles are an environment killer. Consider instead installing a purification device on your faucet – they are very reasonably priced. Another alternative to all those plastic water bottles is a monthly water service. Those huge 10 gallon water containers are collected, cleaned and put back into use, making it a very Earth friendly service.
It all starts with you. Sure, it sounds kind of cheesy but it is true. If every one of us makes a moderate effort to reduce, reuse and recycle – it can have an amazing impact on our environment. Generations that preceded us had no idea what impact technological advances would have on our environment. It is up to us to preserve our planet and it’s natural resources for the generations to come. We have the knowledge and the amazing advancements in technology to figure out how to fix what is wrong with our environment. So isn’t it the wise thing to do to do your part?