The idea of environmental safety has been a hot topic for discussion lately. It was debated in the recent political debates. It continues to be pushed to awareness as different lawmakers and professionals argue over the idea of things like global warming. Regardless of what the best solution and answer to our environmental issues are, it is important to do our part in preserving the planet. Large amounts of trash and not recycling uses up the Earth?s resources at a faster pace that it can produce. Eventually, we will run out of these important resources. Ensure that you are doing your part in protecting the Earth on a daily basis.
Preserve water usage
Water is a resource that we tend to take for granted. We simply turn on our faucet and we are provided with endless amounts of water. This is not the case all over the world though. It is not even entirely the case all over the country. Many states are limited on their water supply. Other states are provided with water that is not clean enough for drinking purposes. It is best to preserve water, as much as possible. Doing minor things like, turning off the faucet when not using it, upgrading to higher efficiency washers, and taking shorter showers, can help reduce your water usage amounts.
Most of the items that we place into our trash bins end up in a trash site. Over time, these trash sites will become too full and additional sites will need to be designated for trash. Evaluate the items that you are throwing away and decide if recycling them would be a better option. Drop plastic grocery bags off at your local grocery store. Reuse boxes for storage. Turn your unwanted household items into charity donations.
Not only does making charity donations help the environment, but it also helps out those in need. The average person generates 4.5 pounds of trash every day, about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year. You can donate many of your household items, including toasters, blenders, microwaves, appliances, blankets, other bedding, dining sets, and even exercise equipment.
Do annual clothing donations
Clothing is another item that people do not recycle enough. Americans recycle or donate only 15% of their used clothing, and the rest, about 10.5 million tons a year, goes into landfills, giving textiles one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material. Charitable donations that include clothing items can be used in a variety of ways. The charity donations of clothing help out military families, children in need, women?s shelters, and are often sold to raise money for other types of causes.
Compost food items
Even food items can be recycled. A lot of non perishable foods make their way into landfills, also contributing to the environmental problem. Also, the composting of food items can help the environmental in non traditional ways. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road. Some charities even offer a charity pick up for clothing items, household items, and composted food items.
Papers are actually one of the easiest things to recycle. A lot of local businesses will accept papers for recycling purposes. Some will even offer to shred the donated items for free, ensuring that your confidential information does not get stolen or mishandled. Some charities that pick up clothing donations will also offer paper recycling services, as an added incentive to donating and recycling your unwanted clothing items.
In order for the Earth to remain full of important resources, we need to begin preserving them. The proper preservation of these resources requires everyone to do their individual part. You can increase your recycling efforts and the health of the planet by reducing water intake, donating unused household items, giving charity donations of clothing items, and recycling all paper products. Ensure that the Earth is just as healthy and safe for your children and their children, as it was for you.