July 21, 2019
It's no new news that our planet is spiraling towards an impending eco-disaster. This isn't entirely the fault of our generation, but an accumulation of decades of neglect and indifference. As expected, after all these years the planet has finally decided that it's time to fight back. We watch sea levels rise, temperatures reach record highs, and creatures of our childhood have started disappearing.
A major way we can help salvage the situation is by cutting down on our individual negative impacts on the environment. Recycling is a great first step, but it is important to know that not everything we throw in the green container actually gets recycled. Reducing our consumables and throw away items is ultimately the direction we should work towards.
Unfortunately, we live in a day and age of planned obsolescence and most items are manufactured with the intent to break and be thrown away, so that we can buy more and spend more. My best advice towards this (and this was difficult for me to incorporate into my own life) is to save your money. Instead of buying quick and cheap, buy products of quality that are meant to last. For example, cut out those trips to Ikea and save your money for home goods and furniture that will last past your next move. Look for real wood instead of particleboard, and purchase handmade items by local craftsmen. I understand that when we need a bookshelf now, its difficult not to buy that cute inexpensive piece of Target furniture, its good enough for now-right? Keep in mind, this cute inexpensive piece of furniture will inevitably fall apart sooner than later and will take up space in a land fill, taking hundreds of years to degrade. Changing this habit was adjustment for me, but I have found that Facebook marketplace, online consignment auctions and Craigslist are excellent resources for buying quality goods at low prices.
Now- I digress- let's get some perspective and look at some statistics in regards to plastic consumables.
Why Some Items Can't Be Recycled
Some items generally believed to be recyclable actually aren't for different reasons. Here are a few items you should keep out of the recycling bin.
I may not be around in 100 years, but my grandchildren will be. If we all make a small change in our daily habits, it might be a small step, but its a step in the right direction.
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