Reduce, Reuse, Recycling, Who Knew???

There are all ways we can help to reduce our carbon footprint. One of the most significant ways we can make a positive impact on our world and carbon footprint is by recycling. Recycling is important to both, us and the environment we live in. The amount of garbage we create is always growing. Only about 25% of the garbage we throw away is recycled. When many individuals don’t know that as much as 75% of it can actually be recycled. For example, did you know that recycling just one can of aluminum has enough energy to run a TV for as many as 3 hours. So how can we help to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling? The three “R‘s” that many of us might have heard of before: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Also try and avoid products with excessive amounts of packing materials. ProdPPucts with additional packing materials use additional energy to create. The extra weight “that will add up”  needs to be transported by trucks, airplanes and ships.  Although box store retail merchandise is great, think of all the extra energy that needed to be produced. Re-use your items, “What you’ve never used something twice?”  Think about your clothing and how we use them more than once. Why can’t we use some of our other products more than once, such as water bottles, refillable cleaning chemicals, and gift packaging? Lastly recycling, will use about 40% less energy to produce, transport, and reuses than starting them from scratch. For example reusing glass bottles saves us about 315kg of CO2 per ton once you consider the transportation and reprocessing . Remaking aluminum cans from old ones uses 1/12 the energy than from making it from raw materials.  Also reusing a shopping bag or recycling them has an immense impact. Remaking a bag from recycled polythene takes 1/3 the Sulfur Dioxide and half the Nitrous Oxide. If everyone participated in recycling by just reusing there products once  then we could cut our CO2 emissions down by 35% annually.

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