For several years now, societies have revolved around unbridled consumption. Although we have tried to reduce this situation with the implementation of ecological rules such as “reduce, reuse and recycle”, so far it has not been enough. Why? Apparently, it is due to the indifference of a large part of the population.
Despite the efforts of environmental organizations, in some governments and companies the excessive production of non-renewable and polluting raw materials still prevails. In addition, those that become renewable are exploited at a greater pace than their regeneration. Of course, the responsibility lies with both the manufacturer and the consumer who chooses to purchase such products.
A clear example is single-use containers and packaging, which are mostly made with non-renewable materials. And where does all this go? Undoubtedly, to the garbage dump. On average, it is estimated that a person produces about a kilogram of garbage a day. When you do the math by year, it’s a worrying thing. Therefore, it is worth knowing more about “the 3R rule”. Read!
Why is it so important to reduce, reuse and recycle?
As an article published in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) explains, the habits of “reduce, reuse and recycle” are decisive to take care of the environment. Right now, they are one of the most relevant measures to mitigate the contamination of both water and land, plants and everything present in the environment.
In general, this allows to maintain the healthy environment and greatly reduce the amount of waste that ends up in places that do not belong to them. How can you start implementing it? Here are some recommendations.
Reduce bad choices when buying
Keep in mind that what you consume is linked to the waste you generate, and making a difference when buying is easy; It’s just a matter of forming a habit linked to awareness and education. Do not ask for bags in grocery stores, bring yours, and if it is made of fabric better. Also, put the following into practice.
1. Reduce consumption of services
Although you are not aware of it, the production of energies such as nuclear or hydroelectric, generate a considerable amount of waste. What can you do about it? Start optimizing the use of these energies.
- Repair leaky pipes.
- Take shorter showers.
- Opt for LED bulbs. These are more expensive, but in the long run you will save more and contribute to the planet.
- Get the most out of your appliances. When you buy them, you can buy the ones that consume less energy. And at the time of use, in the case of washing machines and dishwashers, put them into operation when you have a sufficient load of clothes or crockery.
- Don’t forget to unplug devices you’re not using. Did you know that they continue to consume energy?
Make sure you have the full load of your washing machine to get the most out of the wash cycle. Also, unplug this and other appliances when you’re not using them.
2. Avoid buying products whose packaging is single-use
Try buying some groceries and products in bulk, or making smarter choices. For example, instead of buying several small bottles of a drink, pay for a large one. Thus, you will only have to recycle one container.
Similarly, keep in mind that fruits do not need wrappers beyond those that nature gives them; To transport them home, a cloth bag is useful. In case of buying packaged products, it will always be better to pay for those whose containers can be reused or recycled.
3. Don’t waste food
Buy and cook what is necessary, unless you can store for a long time and remember to consume it before it expires. Organize a healthy meal and snack plan, where you prefer natural tomatoes instead of canned ones, or an apple instead of commercial treats.
When cooking, make it mindful, and look at the proportions and amounts of food you’re using. As you cook, adjust the amounts so that you and yours can be satisfied, without the need for leftovers. But if you have leftovers, take advantage of them for the next meal. Finally, with eggshells, fruits and vegetables you can make organic composting.
4. Lean towards recycled products
These products are undoubtedly more environmentally friendly. Among other things, most of them are made without allocating new materials or energy resources. Another point you should consider is the durability and quality of what you are going to buy; Clothing turns out to be a good example of this.
Be it bedding, towels, coats or others, try to make the fabric resistant. Added to this, make sure they have good sewing and timeless designs. These details prolong its shelf life and decrease the need to buy.
Reuse as much as you can
Imagination! This is the raw material that you will have to exploit for the materialization of the second R. It is about reusing objects that are usually discarded, such as wooden baskets where vegetables, rubbers, clothes, cans of canned food, etc. go. How to achieve this?
1. Learn how you can reuse resources
Before you completely discard any object, try to convert it. The network is flooded with ideas and resources to make your project a reality. Or you can play it safe; An old cotton shirt can become several rags to clean, for example.
2. Before throwing try to repair
The first thing you should ask yourself is if it is possible to repair it. Keep in mind that this is another way to extend the life of appliances, appliances and other furniture. To do this, it compares the cost of the distribution, and determines if it will be significantly cheaper than buying a new one.
These practices are not only good for the environment, they also contribute to the economy of the house, encourage your creativity and, if you execute them well, will give a unique and pleasant touch to your home.
It’s time to recycle
The best known R is to collect and classify waste according to its composition, and then subject it to a process that will bring out a new utility from it. Some countries have very clear organizations and laws on this process, which instruct citizens to participate effectively. Find out about it and apply the following basic recommendations:
- Batteries, LED bulbs and appliances should be left at specific collection locations.
- Make sure you’re depositing your waste in the proper container. Be guided by the colors, each material has a specific one.
- When in doubt, look for information. Keep in mind that you are taking care of your home, planet Earth.
- Take the time to familiarize yourself with this new habit. Try visiting a recycling plant, in some they buy your waste.
To facilitate the recycling process it is important to deposit the waste in the corresponding containers.
Reduce, reuse and recycle is not complicated
Forming eco-friendly habits is easier than it sounds. In a short time, you get used to making smart choices for the environment. In unison you will enjoy the benefits that these decisions bring, such as the economic one.
On the other hand, the feeling of being part of the solution to the environmental problem is very satisfying, as is the stimulus of creativity that you experience when transforming your old objects. Do not forget that although recycling is the most popular R, it pollutes and spends more energy than the other R. Therefore, whenever possible, it is best to reduce and reuse.