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Lauren F-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

As we are continuosly overpopulating our Earth and using up all of its natural resources, we are destroying our atmosphere at an increasing rate. This defeats the purpose of helping the environment, which we can all do by recycling. Recycling is fun! You can do this by recycling glass, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, paper, and electronics. This is very beneficial today because it reduces the amount of material in landfills, pollution, and it reduces energy consumption. It affects us because there is an average of a significant change in savings when comparing a person who recycles and a person who doesn’t. If we recycle, then we save more money. Who wouldn’t want that?
I believe that everyone in the U.S. should practice the 3 R’s- reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The following site provides information that further explains this important topic.

http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/How_Does_Recycling_Affect_the_Environment
Lauren  F-USA
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katie o-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

The littlest things add up when it comes to saving the environment. Reusing can play a big part in your life and its super easy too. In my family we refuse almost every container we buy; whether its a water bottle, food container, or to-go cup. Recycling also helps a lot too. My family and I recycle and I also collect the neighbors’ recycling too. Reducing the amount of paper and plastic also plays a big part in conservation too.

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  • Grace L-USA Grace L-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    Hi Katie. I completely agree. Most people think that recycling is the big problem solver when reducing is also part too. Taking a shower is one example. Showing faster can also help save the planet as well.
  • Grace L-USA Grace L-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    Hi Katie. I completely agree. Most people think that recycling is the big problem solver when reducing is also part too. Taking a shower is one example. Showing faster can also help save the planet as well.
  • Grace L-USA Grace L-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    Hi Katie. I completely agree. Most people think that recycling is the big problem solver when reducing is also part too. Taking a shower is one example. Showing faster can also help save the planet as well.
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Camila P- USA, Nov. 15, 2012

The importance of recycling is underestimated by many. Just a simple change can make a huge difference in the world’s carbon emissions.
Fist, I would make an effort to purchase items that are meant ti be re-used. For example, metallic water bottles, cloth napkins, or canvas grocery bags.
On top of that, there are so many recycling projects available for anyone. You could use bottles or old plastic cups as a pot for a small plant, or using branches on the street to make drink coasters. You could also sew scraps of old clothing to make a new quilt. For more ideas on DIY recycling projects, visit the following the site.

http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/green-crafts-0309
Camila P- USA
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  • Mary Frances B-USA Mary Frances B-USA Nov. 22, 2012
    Hi, my name is Mary. I really like the ideas you have presented here to recycle. It surprised me how much recycling can reduce my carbon footprint. Your post shows that recycling doesn't have to be a chore, but it can also be a fun art project. Making art projects out of recyclables is a terrific idea. You can also use these ideas for non-recyclable items so that they can be “recycled” in a way.

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Kirthy K-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

In my old neighborhood, recycling wasn’t very forced. Recycling trucks rarely even came in our neighborhood, so we were kind of lazy to recycle. Last year, we moved to a new neighborhood where recyling was forced. My school also helped me to start recylcling. When I was taught at school to recycle, and it became a habit, I started doing it at home, and now my whole family is starting to recycle. Recently, I was looking at a website called ecobites, where has little articles about DIY recycling projects that I thought where fun. Recycling isn’t just throwing paper and aluminium into recycling bins, but it is reusing materials. This website shows us how many things can be transformend into new things right in our home. After looking at this website, I looked around in my room and my house to see all the things that could be transformend into better useful things. Recycling doesn’t always have to be throwing things blindly into a recycling bin, it can be transformed into our own homes into something new.

http://ecobites.com/diy-recycling-projects
Kirthy K-USA
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  • Julia R-USA Julia R-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    This is sort of the same for me. In the neighborhood I live in, each home is given one large recycling bin, which is emptied twice a week by the recycling truck. It is amazing how much people are willing to do if you simply give them the necessary resources!
  • Maggie S-USA Maggie S-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    The same thing happens in my neighborhood. Just think if every person had a recycling system in their neighborhood, or found ways to transport their recyclables to a recycling center. At school, with the recycling bin next to almost all the trash cans, it is an easy reminder to keep recycling and to ask yourself, “Is this recyclable?”
  • Lauren  F-USA Lauren F-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    My neighborhood also recently began to recycle. I really enjoyed seeing those projects! Another alternative to recycling is to start a compost. They are great and fun projects that you and your family can actively take part in. My grandparents recently started a compost and I remember them telling me that they were trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Composts are definitely a way to start!
    Here's a very helpful and informative video of how to make a compost:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR6fSXKABPA

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Emily B-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Hi, my name is Emily and I’m a ninth grader from Texas. After calculating my carbon footprint and observing my daily habits, I have noticed how much trash my friends and I throw away from our lunch. By the end of our lunch period, we have numerous plastic bags, extra food, and plastic water bottles that we just throw away. For the past year, I have used a lunch box so I could save the extra paper bags that would otherwise be thrown away. Still, there are ways that I can reduce the amount of empty bags and food just getting tossed into the trash. If we reduced the amount of trash thrown away, my friends and I could reduce our carbon footprint as well as save some money. Using reusable containers and water bottles are a great start in reducing the amount of our trash. Also, it would be more beneficial to us if we maybe packed a little less in our lunch, so we would be sure to eat all of it, and not throw good food away. If we do have to bring items that must be thrown away, then most of the time, those items can be recycled. I think by taking these steps, a lot of unnecessary trash can be eliminated from our land fills.

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Kirthy K-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Hi I’m Kirthy and I am from the U.S. I recently did my carbon footprint thinking that my family would be below average than a normal U.S citizen. However, my family was way above average, from traveling and using up energy. After I showed them my discoverings of how much carbon we had been using, my family had some ideas to cut down, and help the environment. We decided to use less light from lightbulbs and replace it with natural light from the sun, since we have a lot of windows. Sun coming in brings in light and warmth, so aircondition can also be lowered. Traveling is quite hard for us since my brother travels a lot for soocer games each week. We decided that if we can, we should drive to places that we can drive, and carpool with kids whose parents can’t go so we reduce the amount of cars going to a place. The school I go to, is a computer using school. I used to charge my computer every second I got, but now I realized that I can use less time on my computer, so I won’t have to charge it all the time. I can start using the computer whenever I need it, and charge my computer over night. I’m starting to fix within my home, and then I will try and fix other places too.

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Carly C-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Hi! I am from Texas! This survey that calculated my carbon footprint has really shocked me! I was not expecting my carbon footprint to increse so much because of electronics, like my cell phone and laptop computer. I have to use a computer for school and I use my cell phone all the time. I know that these two things are big problems. Along with the amount of carbon that these devices add to the atmosphere we also create alot of waste with the number of cell phones that we throw away per year. Did you know that Americans create almost 65 tons of waste every year just by throwing away cell phones? This fact just blows my mind. I do not understand why people don’t try and recylce those type of things. This is a very simple thing that everyone can do. There are so many different opportunities to recycle. The link attached has a list of some of the places that recycle cell phones and electronics. I believe that if everyone would contibute to this, or at least try and recylce one elcectronic device that they replace. We could make a big difference in the carbon footprint of the world.

http://www.greenoptions.com/a/recycling-your-old-cell-phone
Carly C-USA
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Mary Frances B-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

My mom loves gardening, so she would compost to fertilize our garden. In fact our whole family composts anything we can. We found it to be really good for the soil that we grow our vegetables in. After I saw my carbon footprint results, I found out that by composting, it reduced my carbon footprint. In the link below, it is shown that composting has many benefits towards out environment making it far better than chemical fertilizers. This article says that by composting the plants growing in that soil actually yields more crops than plants in soil fertilized by chemical fertilizers. It is also proven to reduce toxic formulation in landfills. Composting is very cheap compared to buying fertilizers at the store that does half of what composting can do. Composts can include banana peels, eggshells, and other biodegradable items. So by composting alone you can reduce your carbon footprint significantly.

http://www.epa.gov/compost/basic.htm

Mary Frances B-USA
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Kylie S-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

My family is huge on recycling. We even have separate bins for everything. We try to recycle as much as possible at home and everywhere else. My parents encourage us to reuse most of our plastic water bottles recycle as many things as possible. Before we recycle something that can be reused we ask my youngest brother if he wants to use it to build something or we try to see if there is any way we can reuse it. Using your imagination to build things out of old things such as glass bottles, paper, or aluminum cans make recycling enjoyable and approachable for kids. I also believe that every (or almost every) city should have some sort of recycling system. Majority of people just throw everything in the trash because it is easier and simpler. If a city makes it easy on the people, then they will be more likely to recycle often. In conclusion if everyone would recycle the average carbon footprint would decrease dramatically.

Kylie S-USA
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  • Coco Vetter Coco Vetter Nov. 15, 2012
    I love doing crafts and re-use things whenever possible. I particularly admire the beauty and rarity of cork. After saving wine corks from my household I made cork boards for my room. It makes a very fun project to bring out your creativity and to recycle an increasingly rare substance.
  • Frances W-USA Frances W-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    That's great that your family is big on recycling! Mine is also. I am going to continue to recycle as much as possible and I agree with your point about the average carbon footprint dropping if everyone recycled more.

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Stephanie F-Usa, Nov. 15, 2012

The members of my family are huge recyclers. We always bring reusable canvas bags to the grocery store, we reuse most of our plastic water bottles, and I always encourage my friends an other people I know to always recycle as much things as possible. Another thing I love to do is make things out of old things such as glass bottles, paper, or aluminum cans. This is a great and fun way to recycle old trash. If you are a really artsy person, this should be really simple for you to do. The best part is, while you’re having fun and making cool art, you’re also saving the environment while you’re doing it.

Stephanie F-Usa
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  • Sarah T-USA Sarah T-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    I think it's great that you use resuable canvas bags when you go grocery shopping! That's something that can really help the environment, especially if we all did it. I'm thinking maybe grocery stores should stop handing out plastic and paper bags all together, so that people have to bring their own. That way, the stores would save money since they don't have to buy the bags from the companies that make them. Everyone wins!
  • Colleen C-USA Colleen C-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    I agree, it doesn't take much to remember to bring a bag to the store and it saves you the frustration of finicky plastic bags. I love the idea of making things from glass, paper, and cans. It's so fun to create something that other people think is useless and prove them wrong.

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