As we are living here on this planet, it is important that we take care of it. Why? Because it is our home, and it is our responsibility to maintain and take care of our home. In order to do that, we will have to keep it clean so that it will not only good for us and our health but for the whole environment too.
Whether we like it or not, trash and waste are part of our every day lives. We will always have one in every work and aspect. Good thing that it can be managed, and these three are the things you can do:
As much as possible, minimize your wastes. It may be hard to do, but it is possible. Think before you act. If you do not really need to use something that will just cost waste, you could discontinue it. You can also find alternatives for it. For example, nowadays, a lot of places implemented to not use plastic. It is also encouraged to not use one as much as possible. Because of that, there a lot of alternatives have been offered. Tote bags are given or bought so that you will not need a plastic bag anymore. There are metal straws that are reusable so that plastic straws will be reduced. These are just some of the examples, and you can start with those.
Some examples of reusing are mentioned above such as the tote bags and metal straws. There are other things you could reuse even for another concept. For example, jars can be used as containers for other things and not just for food. You do not need to purchase new ones because of it. You will be able to spend less.
Then there is recycling that you might hear of a lot of times. Unlike the first two mentioned above, this one requires more process. The materials will be reused later on though and will look as if it is new. It will not only save the environment but also good for your pockets too because recycled materials are cheaper. It will also reduce wastes in a landfill which is harmful to the environment.
Even if that’s the case, there are still some cons with recycling though:
1. It is Expensive
The first expense would be transportation. There is surely a lot of wastes from different locations, and the recycling places are usually far away. And to be able to recycle something, it will need materials which often leads to more consumption.
2. Not Always Effective
Some things such as paper, aluminum, and cardboard are easier and worth it. But there are others such as glass and plastic that is a bit of a struggle. It needs more resources and energy that would seem a waste in the end.
Recycling has its cons, but it is still effective and does not mean it will be out of the option altogether. You could definitely do the other options mentioned. And for recycling to be more effective, you will need to support it and to also properly educate others.