Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This is a slogan that those that want to live a greener earth are living their lives by.
According to the Oklahoma Recycling Association (OKRA)reducing the amount of waste you produce is first, reusing products comes second, and then finally recycling comes third.
Investing in products that will last and that are reusable will help to reduce personal waste. Invest in reusable grocery bags, reusable water bottles, and support companies that produce products from recycled materials.
OKRA said, “Manufacturing materials from recycled feedstock not only saves valuable resources, but energy and water as well.”
Just think of all the newspapers that are printed in the United States daily. How many of those newspapers are being recycled?
According to the OKRA, “If every American recycled his or her newspaper just one day a week, we would save about 36 million trees a year.“
The following video is made by The Good Stuff channel on YouTube and in the video it covers some of the most common questions and misconceptions about recycling.
Like said in the video, recycling is not just another way for the government to make more money off of US citizens, but recycling, when done correctly, actually saves communities money. Landfills are privately owned, and in order for cities to dump trash they must pay these private companies.
Producing products from recycled goods saves energy in the long run.
OKRA states, “Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours or a laptop computer for four hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.”
Recyclable objects can be sold back to companies to be re-purposed to create more products. Many cities use the money from companies to pay for the sorting and logistics of the recycling process, but some states allow for citizens to make money off their recyclables, like the boy below.
Living by the three R’s involves a true lifestyle change, but they are changes that will benefit the earth economically, physically, save CO2 emissions, and to continue the recycling loop.