The best place to start going Green is to practice the 3R’s (Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) at home. 3R’s is most effective when practiced at the one place where we spend the most time be it at home or in the office or school.
– Plastic bags are not bio-degradable. Reuse until cannot be used any longer – Glass bottles can be washed and used for drinking water or storing other liquids. (Ensure the previous liquids stored are not hazardous before re-using the bottles). Hazardous materials such as glues, corrosive agents and poisons should be sent to a disposal centre to be handled properly. -Old newspapers. They are handy for various things. Use them for wrapping things, litter-lining for pets, protective layers for tables and flooring and even to wipe windows among this un-exhaustive list. Best part of it is, it still can be recycled after being reused.
– Rags from old clothes.
– And many more things…
– If you can’t reuse them and they are in decent or good condition, don’t forget to consider donating it to charity.
Best way to reduce wastages is to just reduce usage. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. Excessive materials or items such as food, appliances, and consumables may end up going into the trash as they may not be fully utilized or have expired.
Excessive use of resources are also damaging to the environment. Energy resources are not unlimited and will eventually run out (with current technology in place). So, turn off appliances when not in use, turn off lights when leaving the room and do not waste water. These are among the things you can do to help save the world.
Reduce does not only mean reducing the use of a resource. You can also opt to reduce use of hazardous chemicals or materials with an impact on the environment by replacing it with something else that is better or greener. I would think this can be considered reducing too.
Items commonly recycled
Plastics, glass, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, scrap metal, old appliances, wood
1. Sort items into their respective types (paper, plastic, glass, organic and such). Sorting them may increase the value of the material recycled and you may get a higher return for your trip to the recycling center 2. Identify with what the nearby recycling centres will take and will not. Find other ways of disposing those materials that they do not take. 3. Clean items before sending them for recycling. Containers such as milk cartons, food packaging and tin cans should be cleaned and washed before sent to recycling centers to help reduce propagation of bacteria and assist in the control of diseases and health related issues.
3Rs – Never ending circle
The best way to practice 3Rs is to keep doing it. Repeat the process of Reducing, Reuse and when no longer possible, recycle. Every step we take gets us closer to a better world.