There are almost 7 billion people living on this earth. Over 300 million people live in the United States alone. With these kind of numbers, one can only imagine how much garbage and junk we contribute each day to our increasingly growing number of landfills. For each ton of garbage and trash we pile on the landfills we are raising the amount of greenhouse gases that could very well be affecting our environment in an adverse way.
We need to stop producing so much needless waste and garbage. One of the most effective way to accomplish this is to become more eco-friendly and start recycling in more creative ways. By taking what could be interpreted as junk or trash and reusing it over and over in other products and ways will greatly reduces the amount of junk we pile in to our landfills.
If you are not already recycling in your own home, it is not too late to start. Many large cities today have weekly curbside pickup of your recyclable materials. If not, a call to your community’s recycling center will provide you with information of what household materials you can drop off for free. Usually these are any common items made from glass, aluminum, plastics and metals. Keep a bin in your house handy for collection and make it part of your weekly or monthly chores to drop off your materials for recycling.
Of course, used clothing will clog up our landfills. Make sure you donate your clothing to the many donation stations. Never throw used clothing away as even torn and damaged articles can be salvaged by others to create a new piece of recycled clothing.
Don’t be afraid to recycle materials yourself. Get creative and turn your trash and junk in to your own art creations. There are others that have made jewelry out of expired credit cards or t-shirt scraps, handbags out of discarded soda cans or even bird feeders out of discarded plastic computer pieces. Check online for ideas and plans to give you some ideas.
When making a trip to pick up your groceries, decline the use of their paper or plastic grocery bags. Discarded plastic shopping bags are becoming more and more of a problem in many large cities as they end up in our garbage dumps. Invest instead in several eco-friendly shopping bags that you can use over and over to haul your groceries back home. These bags come in a variety of fun colors and varieties such as string bags, canvas tote bags and even reusable produce bags for your veggies.
Have fun, get creative with your recycling and help and remind others to do the same.