We are a wasteful society,
We have a million wants and like ten needs
We seek to fulfill our wants
Are we greedy?
I checked out this website called The World Counts… My word! The amount of waste we generate is phenomenal. My goodness. It is in billions of tonnes! Billions! My issue with this, is the effect that it has on the environment. Untreated effluent from factories into waterways, dumping chemicals on soils thus polluting soil, releasing oil into the ocean (poor fishies). Waste is not only an eyesore but is also not pleasing to the olfactory organs (Read: The nose).
So, what can we do?
By avoiding the production of some of the goods , then production of waste will generally go down in numbers. We can apply this by buying products in bulk, using recycled products (Tissue paper made from recycled material…Almost wrote recycle tissue paper…Eeew!, Printing paper that has the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) which ensures that paper used is from sustainable sources), we can also print on both sides of paper, use goods made locally (will reduce your carbon footprint… 🙂 ), eat less meat (will reduce your water footprint- I’ll need prayers on that one), buy products with less packaging, saving energy, use email,…
One man’s trash, another man’s treasure… Before trashing any item consider ways in which these items can be put into use in other ways… Glass jars can be used to plant herbs or for jewellery storage, clothes can be given to charity, plastic tins can be used to store food in you energy saving fridge (see what I did there? 😉 ). Reusing requires some creativity.
This is the most popular R. It is made easier when waste is sorted/separated at the source. I look forward to having a system in my city where each household is required to separate its waste to make recycling easier.But until then, I buy products that have the recycled sign on them. The sign is a triangle made of of three arrows that are chasing each other. What I have recently learnt though,is that on plastics there often a number in the triangle which indicates the type of resin used to make the plastic. These recycling codes range from 1-7. Normally, only No. 1 & 2 are easily recyclabe.
Use an R this week… 😀