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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I was looking around my room the other day and discovered many old things that looked cool but serve no purpose to me now. As I’m constantly on the internet, I see may fun things I can create out of otherwise useless items. I took it upon myself to find a project that would serve useful in clearing away the many items cluttering up my house and would also be helpful in everyday life. From DIY clothes, jewelry, decorations, and crafts I found the website shown to be exciting and helpful. By simply searching up “DIY projects” or ways to reuse common household objects you could be saving yourself a trip to the store, money, and would be saving the planet from one other wasted product!
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.
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.
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.
I think that every city/town should have some sort of recycling system. For example curbside pickup or easy to access recycling centers. If the city makes it easy on its residents, then they will be more likely to recycle often. I know that in my neighborhood, they have curbside pickup and that makes it so easy on us. All we have to do is whenever we have something to recycle we put it in the bin and then on the day that the truck comes we drag the bin to the curb and they pick it up. That easy. If every city had that service or a similar one, the average carbon footprint would decrease dramatically.
Every week when it is recycling pick up day on my street my family always has the most stuff and when it is trash day we have the least. This is because PEOPLE ARE LAZY! It is undeniable that people know what they can and cannot recycle due to all of the awareness programs throughout the United States. This is extremely important because if a child parents do not recycle then chances are the child won’t. Our world is in trouble if we don’t change. Not just recycling plastic bottles but taking paper instead of plastic at the grocery store. You know we are wasteful when you have to ask to have you groceries bagged in paper which is recyclable opposed the unrecyclable plastic bag. A paper bag takes one month to decompose where as plastic bags take 200-1000 years to decompose. The choice is obvious! Lets start making the right choices people and make our future better. Check out the link for how long it takes stuff to decompose.
I am a Girl Scout and last year I had to choose a Silver Award project. I eventually chose recycling. I went to a public school in the less fortunate part of town. My mom had a friend who worked there. She got me in touch with the lady in charge of student council. I spoke to the kids (3rd-6th grade) about the importance of recycling, saving the earth, water and energy conservation, etc. Later I put together a Powerpoint and wrote a short, fun skit and taught the same to the younger kids. I also set up a recycling program, using Girl Scout cookie money to buy bins. This experience was so rewarding and taught me that it is important to recycle!
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