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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

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  • Klaire H-USA Klaire H-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Hey Anna! I'm from Texas too and I was shocked to read the statistics in your post about recycling in Texas! I did not know that that many people don't recycle. I was also surprised at how some bottles cannot be recycled because of the color of the glass. Hopefully soon we will standardize the size and color, like you said, in order to reduce our carbon emission as a state.

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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

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Adriana V-USA, Oct. 9, 2013

Usually, at grocery stores, we have the choice between paper and plastic bags. I know my mother always chooses paper and sometimes I wonder exactly WHY. To me, I always wanted the plastic bags so I could use them as trash bags at home, but later on, I began to realize why my mother kept choosing the paper bags. At home, we use paper bags to bag our newspapers to recycle them later. Paper bags are also sturdy and if you don’t rip or damage it, they’re perfectly reusable.

Here are some other great ideas on how to reuse paper bags.

http://voices.yahoo.com/15-uses-brown-paper-grocery-bags-24088.html?cat=46
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Maggie OUSA, Oct. 9, 2013

I found this informative video comparing different kinds of light bulbs! I found especially interesting the comparison between CFLs and LEDs. The LED light bulb uses cooling elements all along the outside which keeps the LED bulb cool. The LED bulb is pulling 5 watts. Whereas the CFL bulb is pulling 15. This makes the LED three times more efficient than the CFL, while still remaining cool. Its seems like a win win situation for the LED lights which will help lower you carbon footprint. The only downside is the LED lights are more typically more expensive than CFLs

http://youtu.be/pv-mr3VLW34
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Alexandra G-USA, Oct. 9, 2013

When my family and I go grocery shopping, we also get the plastic bags. I’ve noticed other people at the store with their personal recycling shopping bags. Using recycling bags helps reduce the waste of the plastic bags. Most people after purchasing their grocery items and putting their items in the pantry, throw the plastic bags into the trash. They do not see the importance of this simple bag. As useless as the bag may look, it DOES have many uses. My family and I use plastic bags and place them in our trash cans. This is so when we take our trash out, we merely have to take the plastic bag out, and tie a knot on it to keep the trash from spilling out. This also prevents our trash cans from becoming very dirty. Another way we can use plastic bags is by using it to place our clothes or shoes in when we go somewhere. When I was in middle school, for P. E I would place my muddy tennis shoes into the plastic bag and place the plastic bag into my duffel bag. This kept my clothes from becoming dirty. Plastic bags have many uses, it all depends on how or if we want to use them though.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20310499,00.html
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  • Laura H-U.S.A Laura H-U.S.A Oct. 9, 2013
    Hi Alex! I think all ways you used plastic bags is really cool. I will definitely try putting my field hockey cleats in a plastic bag next time. I think I'll keep a plastic bag in my trash can too. I also use my plastic bags outside the house. Whenever I walk my dog I bring a plastic bag in case he poops. I also use plastic bags to clean my cat's litter box. Sometimes I use paper bags. I use paper bags as bedding for my guinea pig. Paper or plastic bags are great for storing clothes in the closet. Thanks for all the great ideas!
  • Isabella J-USA Isabella J-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    I agree with Ryan, this is a very good point that you have brought up, I agree that there are many uses for plastic bags, and I think that the way that your family used plastic bags to be a great way to reuse them. Even so, I still believe that not using plastic bags is the best option. In my opinion, paper bags are a better option, because they are recyclable, and also have many uses as well, I re use paper bags from the grocery store when I make cookies. But I still think that the best option is to use reusable cloth bags. Were I live, the city has outlawed plastic bags, and on top of that charges a fee for paper bags, which is meant to encourage the use of reusable bags.
  • Adriana V-USA Adriana V-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    I agree! My family actually does use some of the ideas that you've listed already and I'll take the others into account. Plastic bags have so many uses yet a lot of people don't realize it Tossing plastic bags is a mistake because they have so many uses. My family literally keeps a stash of grocery plastic bags under our sink and there's about 200 of them there. I, myself, keep quite a few plastic bags around my room for the trash and things like that. You've brought up great ideas!
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Brittany Danahey, Oct. 9, 2013

From doing the footprint calculator i found that my personal footprint is more in the categories of home and food, than my regions. I can believe this we do use a lot of lights and electricity at home and we do not reuse or recycle any of our food containers. We have taken plastic bags back to grocery store, but living in an apartment that does not offer recycling makes it difficult for my household to recycle any. I think it would be a nice thing for me to ask the apartment management about having a recycling program. :)

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Sofia M- United States, Oct. 9, 2013

Bringing water bottles can help reduce your waste. At my school, we have places where you can fill up your water bottle during the day, and this is very helpful. he United States is the world’s leading consumer of bottled water. In 2006, bottled water consumption in the US reached a 8.3 billion gallons. The total amount spent on bottled water by American people was over $11 billion. So, not only is using plastic water bottles bad for the environment, it is also adds to your expenses. Also, transporting the shipments of water bottles uses fossil fuels, which can potentially be avoided. Also, on average, one person uses 166 disposable plastic water bottles each year. If everyone in New York City were to use reusable bottles for one whole year, 1.328 billion bottles would be saved!!! If they were to use reusable bottles for one month, then 1.328 billion bottles would saved. Even if the entire city only used reusable bottles for a month, twenty-four million bottles would be saved!! This is still a large number, and would put a dent in the national average.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/155405-facts-about-reusable-water-bottles/
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  • Alexandra G-USA Alexandra G-USA Oct. 9, 2013
    Yes. This is a really good idea. More schools and public areas should have those streams of water that fill your water bottle. At our school it shows the number of plastic water bottles we have saved by using our own water bottles. The number of water bottles that have been saved are in the 10,000 I believe. It is amazing how the simple water stream machines saves so much.
  • Victoria L- USA Victoria L- USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Yes, this is a good idea! If everyone reused their manufactured items, an average 4-8 pounds of CO2 for every pound of manufactured product could be saved! And counting all the pounds and all the people, a very significant amount of carbon dioxide could be reduced!

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Nicole L-USA, Oct. 8, 2013

I found that the smallest part of my carbon emission came from purchases. My family shops once a week, but we don’t reuse our plastic bags or bring our own to use. On the other hand, we DO bring back the bags to be recycled at the store and we keep some for later use. Is it possible that this could have the same effect on carbon emissions as using personal bags would? I did some research and this is what I came up with:

-Over 90% of consumers reuse plastic grocery bags at home. I, for one, use them for lunch bags during field trips or as something to hold wet or dirty clothes from maybe a campout or a swim party.
-A majority of grocers and retailers offer programs that collect plastic bags. Shoppers can return their bags usually near the front entrance or near checkout areas. For my family, any grocery bags that we do not keep we recycle there. To find out if there’s a store that participates near you, check out this website: http://www.plasticbagrecycling.org/01.0/

I’m sure there’s more information on this topic out there, and I’m curious enough to maybe do further investigations on this topic at a later time. If you follow the link at the bottom, the website can also give you tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle regarding plastic bags if you wish to reduce your carbon footprint in the purchases category.

http://www.plasticbagfacts.org/Main-Menu/Reduce-Reuse-Recycle/
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  • Lauren H - USA Lauren H - USA Oct. 8, 2013
    I think that reusing old grocery bags has the same effect as bringing your own reusable ones,because, in the end, you are using your grocery bags more than once. You are just using them in a different time, place, and in a different way.

    I too reuse plastic and paper bags at home. I use them a lot for dirty shoes, old garbage that I have to take out but I don't want to touch, or for wet swimsuits, like you. We also use paper bags at home for our indoor garbage bag, rather than using big plastic Hefty or Glad trash bags. My grocery store also recycles plastic bags, and my family actively participates in this project.
  • Brittany Danahey Brittany Danahey Oct. 9, 2013
    I too reuse some of my grocery store plastic bags. We use them for trash collection in bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitty litter. We try to take what we do not use back to the grocery store for recycling, but usually forget, which leads to the piles of plastic bags sitting in our laundry room waiting to be taken to recycling spot.

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Zehra J-USA, Oct. 8, 2013

I was looking and my carbon footprint and noticed that the category that was the second highest in terms of carbon emissions was the one about habits at home. Although it was below the American average, I think it’s still important to find new ways to reduce carbon emissions. I noticed that my family does not recycle very often. Although we do have a recycle bin, it’s not used any where near as often as the garbage bin is used. I know that recycling will help somewhat reduce my carbon footprint, but I want to try and go beyond that. Reusing items is actually more efficient than recycling. According to the EPA, the three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) actually hold ranks in terms of importance. Reduce and reuse are the most efficient ways to help the environment. My family does reuse some things. For example, we keep all plastic grocery bags to keep for later use. But I know that there are plenty of other things we could do.

Upcycling is a great way to reuse things. To upcycle something is to make productive use out of otherwise useless or discarded items. There are some great websites out there, such as Pinterest, that have great ideas about “Do It Yourself” upcycling.

Many people have old boxes, packaging or other items that seem useless but can actually turn out to be pretty handy if upcycled or reused. Finding a way to reuse items is so much more beneficial to the environment as opposed to just recycling them.

http://www.evolverecycling.com/reuse-vs-recycle.aspx
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  • Maggie OUSA Maggie OUSA Oct. 9, 2013
    Hi Zehra my name is Maggie. I really liked how you showed the three different R's hold different ranks in importance. You mentioned that that you have a recycling bin but don't use it that often. I think cities should reward their citizens for lowering the cities carbon footprint and making the world cleaner by recycling. This could help give people the initiative to recycle more often.

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