Environment: Respecting the Environment
Recycling is an easy concept. For example, if you drink a soda, you have two options: throw it in the trash can or recycle it in a designated recycling bin. The decision should be clear: recycle! Sadly, for every one bottle or can that is recycled, two are thrown in the trash.
When you recycle, used materials are reprocessed to create something new. This prevents more raw materials from being used up, reduces the amount of energy required to “re-make” the product and also reduces the overall amount of garbage going into landfills.
Does your family already recycle at home? If so, you are on the right track! No recycling bin in your house? Then talk to your parents about starting to recycle and explain how easy it is to do in your very own home.
What to Recycle
- Aluminum and steel cans
- Glass bottles and jars
- Plastic Bottles
- Cardboard and cardboard boxes (milk cartons)
- Electronic equipment or e-waste
Did You Know?
The majority of plastic soda bottles that are recycled come back as carpet. Other things that come from plastic bottles include bike racks, picnic tables, playgrounds, car bumpers, fleece coats, and toys!
Simplifying: Paper Mail Reduction
Waiting for that new toy catalogue to pick out a birthday gift? Go online and order it from one of the thousands of stores available. Not only will you get your present sooner, but also you will save a few trees in the process. And remind your parents that most companies now offer “electronic billing” as an option instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail.
Right in Your Own Backyard: Composting
Throwing out food doesn’t have the same devastating effect on the environment that throwing away bottles, cans, and plastic does, because it’s biodegradable. But there are still better and greener options for your leftover food. Instead of throwing away uneaten food, you can create your own compost right in your backyard or even in your kitchen.
Get a small steel can or bucket with a tight-fitting lid to keep in your kitchen. Instead of throwing away leftover food in the trashcan, put it into the compost bucket. This may take some getting used to, but encourage your family to use the compost bucket and it will soon become a habit.
Not only does creating your own compost prevent food from piling up in a landfill; it can actually be put to good use! Your compost can be a natural fertilizer for your garden or for potted plants. .