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Importance of recycling
With the increasing human population the needs for the people also increases. But the point of concern is that are there enough natural resources to service all your needs. What if these resources finish, this is one thing we need to ponder upon. We need to start recycling waste to converse our natural resources. Recycling is simply the process of reusing the items from which utility can still be derived. It is important to recycle waste so that you can at least converse some of our natural resources for our generations to come.
Many products such as paper, cardboards, and cups come from trees. In fact trees are our natural assets, you can converse trees by recycling the paper products we can minimize the number of trees cut down a year. This is one form of waste recycling. One should understand and know the importance of recycling waste materials. One simple benefit of recycling is it saves our resources. It will be wise to reuse metal item as metal reserves may be depleting. You can sold your wore out metal items for recycling. As mentioned earlier, recycling of waste papers can save our forests.
Recycling waste not only save our natural resources but also help save energy. By simply recycling an item or making a basic fix to it, we can we save all the energy that would have been consumed in the process of making it. The same example can be taken with plastic items. A large amount of energy can be saved by simply reusing the plastic items. To recycle waste is to simply reduce pollution. By recycling plastic material we can reduce air pollution as well as water pollution. Plastic factories produced large amount of smoke when producing plastic material at the same time if we don’t have proper waste disposal system those waste emissions will cause water pollution. Recycling waste in a way helps reduce pollution.
In simple words, recycling or recycling waste is essential to both natural environment and humans. To sum up, recycling minimizes the need for raw materials so that the rainforests can be preserved. Great amounts of energy are used when making products from raw materials. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore helps to preserve natural resources. One needs to know the importance of recycling at the same time being earth friendly can help our planet a better place to live in.
Think before you buy
You can reduce waste by giving family or friends a gift experience instead of a product. For example, a gift certificate might be just the thing for someone who would like to begin a new hobby or try something new.
Gift certificate ideas:
- Dinner at a top restaurant
- Beauty salon or spa voucher
- Language lessons
- Sports classes/lessons
- National Trust Membership
- Passes to a museum or special exhibition
- Tickets to a play
- Don’t buy – hire
Hire tools or borrow from friends or family for odd jobs, rather than buying your own. Tools for Self Reliance will send your old tools to Africa.
You can also check websites like Freecycle and Freegle to see if anyone is giving away the very tool you are looking for!
Use rechargeable batteries and a battery charger. This saves energy because the energy needed to manufacture a battery is on average 50 times greater than the energy it gives out. While the rechargeable cells have a higher initial cost, rechargeable batteries can be recharged many times.
Using rechargeable battery system can reduce toxic materials sent to landfills compared to using disposable batteries. For example, some rechargeable batteries claim a service life of 100-1000 times more than a regular battery. However, rechargeable batteries are not suitable for smoke alarms as they tend to run out suddenly, preventing the alarm from warning when battery power is low.
Buying better products
What are better products?
Some products are designed to reduce their overall environmental impact. These products are usually more than just energy efficient – they’re designed to last longer, or be cleaned, repaired, upgraded or recycled more easily.
Repair and re-use
There are some great examples of manufacturers providing clear information on repair and reuse of products, and designing them for simple repair, for example Dyson.
Longer lasting products
Our research shows that householders like many products to last a long time, but that over a quarter of washing machines, fridges and vacuum cleaners don’t last as long as owners expect them to.
If you’re investing your hard-earned cash on a new appliance for your home, try to work out how long you want it to last – and whether you will get value for money from it. Manufacturer guarantees can help you work out how long the product can last – so when you’re shopping around, see how long the manufacturer’s free guarantee is.