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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Lea C-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

Today in French classs my teacher was talking to us about recycling. He told us a story about how one of his students put some food in the recycling bin and because of this we would not be able to recycle anything but instead just throw it away. I learned a lot fromhis story because I realised that food and water can not be recycled! Not only can they not be recycled but if you put it in the recycling bin everything must be thrown away! So next time when you want to recycle, I urge you to think, is this recycable?

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Sakura G-America, Nov. 19, 2012

Hi, I am Sakura from Houston, Texas. Houston isn’t known as a city that big on recycling(though we’re “big” on everything else), and I have lived here almost all of my life. So, when I went to a skating camp in Canada and had to live in a dorm, it was a whole different lifestyle. The biggest change between living in the States and living in Canada was that Canada was definately alot greener than the US. It was actually extremely embarrassing when I stood in line at the grocery store in Canada with my pounds and pounds of groceries, only to realise that Canada CHARGES for the use of plastic bags at grocery stores. As I looked around me, I realised that EVERYONE around me had brought their own bags to carry their groceries in. Luckily, the cashiers felt extremely bad for me, because I was completely clueless, and let me carry my groceries in a storage box that they no longer needed to use. This was a humiliating moment, but it really made me realise how different Canada is from the US. If America could use the same system and charge for the use of paper or plastic bags, we would be more inclined to REUSE our old plastic bags, or use sturdier bags to bring with us on every shopping trip. If the Canadians can do it, can’t we??

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/06/06/toronto-plastic-bag.html
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  • Katherine F-USA Katherine F-USA Nov. 20, 2012
    I completely agree, Sakura. Although it would probably face opposition at first, a bill requiring the customer to pay for each plastic bag used could really help the environment. I expect that if this happened, within a short period of time, reusable bags would be all people used. Not enough families bring their own bags to the grocery store, but if created, this law would give people the incentive they needed to do so. I respect Canada for making this law and hope that it will someday be made in the USA, too!
  • Julia C-USA Julia C-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    I agree! I go to France every summer and they charge for bags too. It has tought me a lot about conserving resources and reusing them. I think that another great thing that grocery stores in America are doing is providing discounts and specials for people who bring their own bags. I think that if this trend continues, Americans might just vote for plastic bags to be baned, following the lead of Canada and other countries.
  • Sakura G-America Sakura G-America Nov. 26, 2012
    Glad to know that I'm not the only one that feels this way!! If we can get alot of people to support our idea, maybe we can make a real difference! I predict that this could be a breakthrough for America if this follows through considering how many times the average American goes to the grocery store and wastes plastic bags. If the other countries can do it, so can we!

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grace l, Nov. 18, 2012

Hi, my name is Grace and I live in Houston, TX. Living in an industrial city like Houston, it is very important to recycle and reuse as much as we can. I for one take a lunch box to school and use a reusable water container. It reduses trash and saves plastic. I know another thing my family and I do is keep our plastic and paper bags from stores and reuse them for other purposes. Even keeping the plastic containers you get when you order food is a good way of repurposing items. Another great idea is reusing the other side of printer paper for scratch paper maybe. Less paper wasted equals more trees not cut down equals more oxygen in the air and less carbon dioxide. In the link below, it gives creative ideas to reusing items.

http://www.squidoo.com/reuse-everything
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AJ G-USA, Nov. 16, 2012

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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Lauren F-USA, Nov. 16, 2012

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmXMoI9Qus&feature=related
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  • Triona S-USA Triona S-USA Nov. 16, 2012
    Hi Lauren! I definitely agree with you on reusing gift bags and stuff. My family does it all the time! Also, do they make recycled wrapping paper? Because around Christmas time everyone is openeing presents and the majority of them are wrapped in wrapping paper. Wouldn't it be great if instead of throwing it away, we could get people to recycle it? I bet there is some company out there that is willing to make new wrapping paper out of recycled paper. I also like that video you posted! There are so many ways to recycle and reduce our carbon footprint around Christmas time!
  • rachel p-USA rachel p-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    Hi lauren!! i also completely agree about reusing our own gift bags when shopping. During christmas and the holiday season my family uses so much wrapping paper it's unreal!! I am trying to work on using some gift bags and tissue paper instead to wrap my presents. This will hopefully save my family time, money, and what's great about the bags is you can reuse them too!! And I loved the video you posted as well!! So creative :)

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Sara C-USA, Nov. 15, 2012

Hi, I’m Sara from Houston, Texas! I have not had much luck with past attempts at growing my own food; however this discussion is making me want to try again. I have an aunt who is an avid gardener and some of her home grown food is the best I have ever tasted. Anyways, I was researching green craft ideas and I came across some ways to reuse plastic bottles in a garden. You can use them to help irrigate your plants instead of paying a lot of money for a fancy irrigation system. You can also make a terrarium for growing plants and a worm farm out of a large 2 liter bottle. I like these ideas because they combine two ways of reducing your carbon footprint. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and if you grow food at your own home no fuel needs to be used to transport the food to you. Reusing plastic bottles means that the bottles will not go to a landfill or end up as litter on the side of the road. Also other resources will not have to go into making new items if you can use what you already have to make. I hope others find these ideas to be helpful and if you have any tips on gardening in Houston please let me know.

http://voices.yahoo.com/eco-crafts-2-liter-pop-bottle-233882.html
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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
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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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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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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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