Earth month and Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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Earth day is upon us, April 22 to be exact. I’m going to try and keep politics out of this post and just speak from the heart. I value this earth, I respect it. It’s home. I consider myself an Earth explorer. I love being in nature. I’m more at peace in nature. The sound of the birds in the early morning is one of my favorite sounds. I believe that it’s important to do your part and be responsible. I love going to different places in the world, learning about different cultures and seeing the beauty that they offer.

But I don’t believe that this planet is in critical distress that people have lead (mostly ) millennial’s to believe (political statement, sorry..). I think it’s incredibly important, but the world is not going to end.  I’m not going to believe something just because a celebrity says that its true. Celebrities are paid for their face and to memorize lines! They are not scientists. And even scientists are ify because who gives them a pay check??? *** this whole statement is political, sorry. Moving forward……

So in honor of this Earth, this month I want to examine how to really make a difference. I want the truth and facts.

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When I was in elementary and middle school, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, was drilled into my head like every child in school. Lately, I’ve been thinking about it more. Is it politics, like everything else in the world, or does it really make a difference? I wanted to know the truth.

It turns out, I’m not the only one who questions recycling. There are a lot of articles on the matter. So I took it upon myself to do a little bit of research, find the facts, and decide for myself. The conclusion I came up with is that it DOES make a difference. There has been research done, not only in this country but in other countries as well.

  • Recycling conserves energy and natural resources. This also means saving money.
  • It reduces the amount of waste that’s buried.
  • Recycling cuts down on what goes into the landfill! It’s disturbing to think that all the trash is buried into the Earth.
  • Recycling keeps thing beautiful!

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Recycling is super easy to do. I remember when I was growing up, we had to separate cans, plastics, and paper. Depending on your community, the majority of the time you don’t have to do that anymore. Once the recycled goods get the destination, there are machines that do the sorting work for you.

Easy tips to cut down on the junk:

  1. use your own grocery bags. I am so guilty of not doing this! I never remember to grab my reusable bags, so I put them in my car and it’s ready to go.
  2. Clothes! I buy second hand items the majority of the time. I shop on Threadup.com. This is the only way that I shop anymore. The prices are great, it saves time and hassle of shopping at the mall. I also donate my old items to Good Will or I sell it back to Theadup.com.
  3. Composting your food. I am not able to do this yet since we move around, but I am pretty exited to start. It’ll be great when I’m able to start gardening.
  4. opt out of receiving the yellow pages and junk mail. Links below.
  5. keep those glass jars! you never know when you’ll use them again. There’s a ton of cute ideas on Pinterest. You could even hand them out as gifts
  6. Before you throw anything away, can you reuse it? I’m going to be  turning a wine bottle into a bird feeder!
  7. Be mindful of what your doing. Are you sitting in your car with it running while your on your phone?
  8. use recycled products. Support the cause.
  9. do your own research.

It’s pretty interesting once you start looking into recycling.

I do it because I feel like it’s the right thing to do. I feel like I can make a difference on this planet.

Sources:

Eartheasy.com

http://americarecyclesday.org

catalogchoice.org

yellowpagesoptout.com

www.science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/recycling-reality.htm

www.economist.com/node/9249262

www.nwf.org

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