Hi, I’m AJ from the USA. Each day our consummation of new products goes up. If we remember the five R’s, refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle, we can make a big difference in the world. By refusing to buy the things that we don’t need in life, we help lessen the amount of trash thrown away. If we reduce the amount of products/plastics/metals/glass we use, we help preserve them for future purposes. If we reuse the products we buy, we cut back the amount of money we spend and reduce the amount of toxins needed to break down and recycle the product already bought. For example: plastic water bottles; instead of throwing them away instantly after you finish the water, reuse it and fill it up with some more water or juice. If we repurpose, we reduce the amount of solid waste that is discarded by giving it a new purpose. For example: old tires; turn it into a tire swing by hanging it from a tree with some rope! As for recycling, always recycle! When a person leaves a plastic water bottle, an aluminum can, or a broken phone lying about, recycle it! Having these products recycled and formed into new ones help the environment. Most importantly though, try and reuse and repurpose the materials/products you have; don’t hesitate!
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Since the season of Christmas is on its way, many people are out shopping, wrapping gifts, and putting up their Christmas lights. When people are out shopping, they feel compelled to use the store’s plastic bags. It would be better if people would bring their own reusable bags in order to save plastic! Wrapping gifts is also a huge contributor to people not recycling. If you feel the need to wrap gifts with an excessive amount of paper, then you need to rethink your choices. Bring out that gift bag that you received for your birthday and reuse it! You can also recyle different objects in your home to create seasonal decorations. No matter what you reuse you are still making a difference!
In this video, the artist reused water bottles to create a magnificent piece of art!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
According to the website credited below, recycling just one aluminum can (something that people throw hundreds of away) would save enough energy to power a TV; Not for a second or a few minutes, but up to three hours! Think of all the energy we could save by recycling a little bit each day.
In my family, we have a recycling and trash can, which we later empty in seperate tubs, and put them out on the curb on the corresponding days. My neighborhood has a trash day an recycling day, where truck comes out and the workers load it up with what we put out for them. Many people seem to be throwing tons of trash on trash days, but not nearly as much recycling on recycling days. I think if they knew how much energy they could save by simply recycling all that can be, then they’d feel motivated to practice the method more often.
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.
I know that my neighborhood recieves recycling trash cans, and we have a recycling truck come pick up our recycle once a week. the process is really simple, and wouldn’t it be great if every neighborhood, apartment/condo complexe, and city had that. It would be a much more accessible way to recycle. I know that down at my house in Galveston, we dont have a recycling bin.If we want to recycle, we would have to drive 15 minutes away to the one of the locations for large recycling bins for the city. So, we don’t really recycle when we”re down in Galveston, and as a result, we have a lot more trash bags that we take out.
Last year a guest speaker came to our school to talk about redusing, reusing, and recycling. As she was talking I realized how important those topics were. Recently I calculated my carbon footprint and was not impressed with my recycling footprint. I think it is important because it can help reduce the amount of pollution in the air. In my school we are currently doing as electronics drive, meaning we are recycling electronics. I think every schoo should do this because many people have electronics that they aren’t using. Also whenever my family goes the store we bring our own reuasble bag so we don’t have to use the plastic ones the stores provide.