3 Items to Always Recycle to Help Save the Environment
Our environment is continuously facing destruction every single day, due to abusive human practices that are not good for our planet. We need to change our ways if we want to have sustainable resources, not only for us, but also for future generations as well. Saving our environment can be achieved through the simplest ways each one of us can do. This is focused on how we can help save the environment by recycling.
When we recycle, we utilize our old waste products and transform them into new products that we can use once again. It is good for the environment, as it lessens the wastes needed to be disposed. This way helps in reducing pollution. Now, it is important to know what to recycle and how to recycle each product. Segregating our trash is a crucial step at this point since we are to decide what to keep and what to throw away for good. In choosing what we don’t throw away to help save the environment, here are some of the top items we use every day that can always be recycled.
Help save our environment by recycling paper.
One of the many things that trees can provide us is paper. Right now, it is feared that our forests are becoming more and more deforested, as we continue cutting trees for mass productions of paper and other products such as wood. Trees can be replanted but it takes years before they finally become full-grown. There is a need to recycle paper as we don’t want the rate of extracting trees to exceed the rate of replacing them. It is said that through recycling a ton of paper, up to 17 trees can be conserved. Just imagine how much we can save if each one of us recycle.
Paper can be further separated into groups such as white paper, colored paper, newspapers, phone directories, magazines, and cardboards. Different things can be made out of paper, from scratch papers to recycled notebooks, scrapbooks, file storages, and even home decorations. However, there is a limit in recycling paper as its fibers become shorter, making the paper weaker and more brittle, but paper can be recycled a handful of times before this happens.
Help save the environment by recycling plastic.
Over the years, the use of plastics has increased, since the storage containers we use for food, beverages, and other things are mostly made out of plastic. We are now in the point where there is a need for us to not only recycle plastics, but to lessen our everyday use of this material. There is just too much plastic in our planet since they do not decompose, that if only it can be made possible, we can save the environment by fully banning the use of plastics in the entire world.
Most of the different storage containers we use at home (e.g. bottles, bowls, and boxes) are usually made out of plastic. There certainly are different kinds of plastics, but there are at least three main types such as:
- HDPE – opaque bottles
- PVC – transparent bottles, with a seam running across the base
- PET – transparent bottles, with a hard molded spot in the center of the base
Recycling plastics is easy. There are a lot of DIY housewares we can produce out of plastics. But, we have to make sure that it is clean before we decide to use it again.
Help the environment by recycling glass.
Glass can be recycled ceaselessly and its quality remains even after several uses. It can be separated according to its color which can be green, brown, or clear. Glass is also used by food and beverage manufacturers in order to serve as their products’ container, like jars and bottles. At home, after consuming the products enclosed in these glass containers, we can convert them into becoming small containers for other items or even use them as home decorations such as a vase.
In recycling glass, we have to be extra careful, because it can cause harm when it breaks. Gloves can be used for protection in dealing with glass containers. We have to make sure also that the containers are clean when we decide to use them again.
Recycling, aside from being helpful to help the environment, can also be fun. It is always enjoyable to bring out our creative side. Just think of ways on how a certain product or item can be groomed in order to be used again. It gives us the feeling of fulfillment, as we see ourselves helping the environment in our own special way. We can always browse for DIY ideas on different tutorial blogs and videos on the internet that would help us make recycling fun and easy.