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.