There are a lot of good reasons to recycle. Everything we use or consume has to come from somewhere and must go somewhere after we are finished with it.
The environmental cost of a product is not only a reflection of what is needed to manufacture it. It also reflects the energy a product needs to be made and also the impact it’s going to have after we get rid of it. Believe it or not, this cost is felt all over the world. With the actual global population increase we are stretching our natural resources to their limits, which will affect the next generation (our kids) and the beautiful planet we call HOME.
By thinking twice about what to buy and how to get the maximum benefit out of our purchases, we can work together to decrease the amount of waste we produce. Most of the time, products that break apart can be fixed to increase their lifetime. We can even reuse products either for the same purpose or something different, giving many of the items that would usually end up in the garbage a second life. And when it’s really time to discard something, recycling ensures that the materials used for production are used again.
Why Should We Recycle
Here are some reasons that make it clear why it’s important to recycle:
Raw Material Conservation
Almost all man-made items include various materials to create the end product. This requires harvesting raw materials like trees for example and processing them into usable materials by suppliers. As a consequence of this and to fulfill growing demand, sources of such raw materials are depleting and have an enormous impact on different areas in many countries around the world. Recycling reduces the need for raw materials, and our natural resources can be preserved. For example, reducing deforestation is one of the benefits of recycling.
One of the benefits of recycling is its importance in conserving energy. It requires way less energy to make items using recycled materials rather than manufacturing them from raw materials.
- Recycling paper saves more then 60% energy when compared with making totally new sheets of paper.
- Recycling aluminium saves more then 90% of the energy necessary to produce aluminium from raw materials.
When we recycle, the materials are reprocessed into new items, and consequently the amount of waste sent to landfill sites decreases. The more we recycle, the more we help in reducing the load on local and national landfill sites. As population levels increase, we will need to find new landfill sites, and this is going to harm the surrounding environment and wildlife.
One important reason for recycling is to reduce pollution. The more items we buy (contrary to reducing), and the more we toss out (rather than reusing and recycling them), the more waste we produce. Therefore, if we reduce, reuse and recycle (rather than buying new products all the time), we reduce the pollution that is caused by the production of new items.
You Can Make a Difference
The majority of people believe that one person cannot make any difference and I am here to say that one person can make all the difference.
Take http://greentumble.com as a good example. The Greentumble movement is created by normal people from all over the world, just like you and me, without any special skills but with a will to make the world better.
You don’t have to be a environmental scientist to recycle or to raise awareness about environmental issues. Recycling is for everybody and it’s not difficult at all, even a kid can do it. It is not just common sense, better think it as a simple yet extremely effective way to preserve natural resources and protect our environment and wildlife.