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Chloe R-USA, Oct. 5, 2013

Who says you have to just throw away items? Why not re-purpose and recycle products yourself? Many people have taken items they don’t use anymore and make it into other things that are more useful to your life. This would be better for the environment because you aren’t throwing them away. Examples are making a soap jar out of an old mason jar, making old button up shirts into pillow cases, or if you have any old postcards you could make a wallet out of them. Crafting is a hobby that is super fun and easy. The following site has ideas and instructions on how to make something new out of something old.

http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/green-crafts-0309#slide-1
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Alexandra G-USA, Oct. 5, 2013

Cities should promote the idea of recycling bins throughout the city. They should be placed next to trash can bins so the person who is throwing away their trash can think, “Can I recycle this, or should I throw it away?”

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  • Mary W- USA Mary W- USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I agree with you. A lot of times I do not think to recycle unless there is a recycling bin right next to the trash can. I think students can simply do this around the schools as well. At my school we have recycling bins and every since I have had this ability I have recycled more often.
  • Sofia M- United States Sofia M- United States Oct. 7, 2013
    I agree with this. I think that sometimes people choose to throw away things that can be recycled because it is simply the easier choice. If a city wants to become more eco- friendly, then they need to facilitate recycling throughout the city. There are many different ways that they could do this. They could advertise for recycling, offer rewards points when people use reusable bags at the grocery store, and offer recycling in EVERY neighborhood. They could use positive reinforcement to create a cleaner environment.

    here is a link on the greenest cities worldwide, and some tips on how they are so eco- friendly

    http://grist.org/article/cities3/
  • Kristen C-USA Kristen C-USA Oct. 11, 2013
    I agree. Cities should promote recycling. I live near San Francisco, and I haven't ever seen a recycle bin in the city (well ones not in cafes and such). I agree with Sofia; it needs to be advertised beforehand, and maybe some sort of reward system, so it will be promoted for everyone. I'll admit, if there isn't a recycle bin near a trash can, I probably would not think of recycling.
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Charlotte S Norway, Oct. 4, 2013

Children are too often driven to school

I think that children are driven to school too often and this damages on the environment.
Children today is much more lazy than they were 10 years ago, for about 10 years ago every one was going or cycling to school, now children are more spoiled and gets what they want.
I think that the only solution to get the children to walk or cycle to school is really just to get them to do as before. Children are much more alert and ready for school when they got some fresh air in the morning, they are not getting the fresh air when they are driven to school.

It also helps a lot to the environment that we try to walk or ride a bike or take the bus more often and this is the simple solutions that everyone can take the benefit of.

Charlotte Skjæveland

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  • Adriana V-USA Adriana V-USA Oct. 5, 2013
    I agree with both you and Anna. It really depends on the school's location. Usually if the school is close enough, kids will bike or walk to school. But it also can't be controlled by the kids themselves. Some parents have problems with letting their children walk to school on their own or maybe some are a bit paranoid like mine. I agree about children being lazy these days, but children are more at risk these days being off alone than it was 10 years ago. Even in groups, there are more chances of kids being kidnapped off the streets than it was before. However, like Simal said, carpooling is a good solution and there's always buses.
  • Aperila Toleafoa Aperila Toleafoa Oct. 6, 2013
    I agree, many people are getting spoiled when they probably live 5 minutes, sometimes I even do that. But that is a good idea to start riding bikes or walking to school.
  • Sofia M- United States Sofia M- United States Oct. 7, 2013
    I agree, but in some cities, it is difficult to walk to school because of distance, traffic, weather, or factors like this. If you are unable to walk to school, you should try to carpool with some people to reduce carbon emissions, and this can also help save money on gas. This does not only work for going to school, but , also for when you spend time with friends and family, or go on road trips. Also if cities created more bike- paths, and safe solutions for bikers, it would encourage people to ride their bikes places, or walk. I found that when I calculated my carbon footprint, more than half of my CO2 emissions were due to the amount of time I spend driving. I realized that I could reduce this by carpooling and walking/ biking.

    http://10000peopleforneworleans.org/wp/?p=701

    here is a helpful link I found explaining the relevance of driving to carbon emissions
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Anna L-USA, Oct. 3, 2013

Recycling is so important because it is an easy, free way to improve your community and reduce your carbon footprint. But not everyone has access to recycling, in fact, some people don’t even have recycling bins! According to a town that upgraded to 96 gallon recycling bins (http://monroe.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/a-big-blue-96gallon-recycle-cart-in-every-driveway), there has been a 30% increase in people recycling! If every town did this, then the rate at which carbon is being emitted would greatly decrease.

Here is a link to a video of what happens to the materials that you recycle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GP3JuiX5BY

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  • Victoria S-USA Victoria S-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    I agree. The fact that more communities are providing the people in their town. This will help encourage more people to recycle because they will not need to drive somewhere to distribute their recycling. They will have it in the comfort of their own home. Once someone is able to recycle things more easily, they stop and think, Should i recycle this? This is a great solution and should help reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Victoria L- USA Victoria L- USA Oct. 6, 2013
    Yes, I also agree. If people have the opportunity to recycle their trash, then they will, and if more people recycle, the rate of carbon is emitted would greatly decrease!

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Simal M-USA, Oct. 3, 2013

While many people feel that recycling is enough to save the environment, reusing and/or re-purposing our items definitely seems to be the better route. However, very few people are actually aware of the difference between recycling and reusing. Reusing items requires less processing and energy. When you recycle an item, it is essentially broken down into the simplest material it can become, which may involve pollution of the environment and the release of carbon emissions.

A great comparison between the two is shown here on an online pdf: http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/pdf/A%20Comparison%20of%20Reuse%20vs%20Recycling%20-%20Table%20Format%20-v3c.pdf

This particular example shows the effects when 100 computers are recycled versus when 100 computers are reused. This clearly shows the differences recycling and reusing have on our environment.

For those interested, there are a huge number of different reusing/re-purposing ideas found online, especially on social networking websites such as Pinterest.

http://www.rainharvest.co.za/2010/07/recycling-vs-reusing-is-there-a-difference/
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  • Anna L-USA Anna L-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    A great way to reuse clothing items is by passing them down to younger siblings or relatives. A good deal of my clothes are from my older cousins, which are then passed down to my younger cousins after I run through them. Another way to reuse clothes is to donate them to a local thrift store or a Salvation Army. That way, instead of throwing them away, your clothes can go to someone who actually uses them instead of sitting in a landfill. Your PDF is really interesting, who knew that by recycling such a small amount that you could do so much!
  • Mary G-USA Mary G-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I found the 100 computer comparison chart very interesting. I had no idea reusing instead of recycling made such a difference. This website has an article about 100 ways you can reuse items that are usually thrown away: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/reusing-things-zmaz76mazhar.aspx#axzz2gzPzhIWb
    My mom reuses my old clothes by giving them to my relatives. Also, if you have old toys you can give them away to charity or to a younger relative.
  • Mary G-USA Mary G-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I found the 100 computer comparison chart very interesting. I had no idea reusing instead of recycling made such a difference. This website has an article about 100 ways you can reuse items that are usually thrown away: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/reusing-things-zmaz76mazhar.aspx#axzz2gzPzhIWb
    My mom reuses my old clothes by giving them to my relatives. Also, if you have old toys you can give them away to charity or to a younger relative.
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Jake Bieberhole69, May 20, 2013

Hey everyone, I’m Jake and I live in Texas. I think it’s a great idea to switch from plastic bags to reusable bags because it offers many benefits. I read on Green Living Tips that they’re primarily strong & durable, chemical resistant, cheap to produce, and can be made from recycled materials.

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  • Simal M-USA Simal M-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    It would definitely be better for the environment, but very few people have the patience to do this. I myself purchased a few reusable grocery bags to use when my mother and I went grocery shopping. We ended up not using them at all.
    Humans tend to want to do whatever is most convenient; unless they are dedicated to it, getting people to use reusable bags instead of plastic would be difficult. Even if rewards were offered, it would only increase the amount of people using reusable bags by a small amount. Most people don't have the effort to see this kind of process through.
    From what I have seen, many programs such as these have already been implemented, but it is clear that they had no major impact on the environment. While it may be slightly beneficial, it would only bring about significant results if the majority of people converted to reusable bags in place of plastic.
  • Brianna B-USA Brianna B-USA Oct. 3, 2013
    In my district, Alameda County, we all have switched to reusable shopping bags. This should, if not already has, opened the eyes of the world that the plastic we used to consume was and is hazardous to the environment.
  • Anna L-USA Anna L-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I agree with Simal. Most people use plastic bags out of convenience, because it is too much hassle to bring your own bags when stores provide bags for you. This attitude is a growing problem in our society. According to www.treehugger.com, New York City alone spends $10,000 to bring 100,000 plastic bags to multiple landfills! These numbers can be greatly decreased if we use reusable bags, even if we only use them once in a while. Check out this link to learn more about this subject: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/new-york-city-struggles-plastic-bag-waste.html
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Barbara A, May 19, 2013

Hello everybody! I’m Barbara from Požega, little town in Croatia. My total carbon footprint is 5661 kg of CO₂ per year which I find concerning. Average carbon footprint in my country is 5736 kg of CO₂ per year which is just a little above my carbon footprint. Since my carbon footprint startled me, first thing I decided to do to decrease it is to use the three r’s - reduce, reuse and recycle. I started to dispart plastic, glass, paper and organic waste and put them in different containers for recycling. I also talked to my mom, dad and brother about recycling and they decided to join me in decreasing our family’s footprint. We also decided to eat more organic food and to use paper or cotton bags when we go shopping so we can reuse or recycle it. One more thing we decided to do as a family is to reduce number of incandescent bulbs in our home and substitute them with energy saving bulbs. I hope I will suceed in decreasing my carbon footprint. :)

P.S. Check out this link, I hope it can help you in reusing, reducing and recycling! :) http://www.dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/pubs-reports/threers.htm

Barbara A
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  • Barbara A Barbara A June 11, 2013
    I try to reuse different things as much as possible and I also recycle. I don't watch TV often. I also turn off lights whenever it's possible.
  • Lauren H - USA Lauren H - USA Oct. 5, 2013
    Hi Barbara, I am really impressed with your carbon footprint. It's really good that you are below the average for your area. It's awesome that you are recycling a lot; I think it would be so beneficial to people all around the world if there were more of those recycling bins that have separate compartments for different kinds of recyclable materials. I think more materials would be recycled if this happened; lots of people's carbon footprints would be reduced.
    Also I like the idea of the reusable grocery bags; however, whenever my mom and I go to the grocery store, we try to use the reusable bags but we always forget to bring them along with us! And we can't seem to find a way to remember to bring them. Any suggestions?
  • Breanna Purzycki Breanna Purzycki Oct. 14, 2013
    Hi barbara im breanna from the United States and your carbon footprint is very impressive! As a nation its great that you guys are collectiveley low and even better than you are even going further and are below your national average. Here in American our numbers are unfortunetley much higher, and i hope that as a nation we can move forward to more sustainable living as you have. Our averages for transportation are 3927kg, food is 3739 kg, purchases is 623 kg, and home is 7026 kg. As you can see we are living much more unsustainable that the citizens in your nation and we need to work to reduce our huge footprint!
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Ale M, May 16, 2013

Hello! Many people are too lazy to put glass, paper and plastic bags or simply to find different containers for recycling. They think it isn’t their job caring for our environment, but this attitude must be changed, if we want to have our earth clean.

Ale M
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  • Liz  M-USA Liz M-USA May 20, 2013
    So true. I am often too lazy to take the time to do that, but if everyone did it would make the world a better place.

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Andrea Bonomelli, May 16, 2013

Today the philosophy of recycling is not very widespread, especially for developed countries and technology because it costs more to fix than buy a new one. Only by using this theory increase packaging waste and, above all, a very difficult problem to solve. The philosophy of recycling is to teach children why it is important for us but also for the ‘environment. I personally try to reuse as much as possible, for example, always reuse the same bag for shopping, drinking water in glass bottles to save the plastic.

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Liz M-USA, May 10, 2013

I usually will throw things away or recycle them instead of reusing them. I think that the better thing to do would be to reuse them, but most people want new things too much to do that.

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  • Sara S-Poland Sara S-Poland May 10, 2013
    I think that recycling should become fashionable as ecology, because when something is trendy, people are the fashion

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