Go Green: Let’s Recycle

July 16, 2020

Go Green: Let’s Recycle

Going green actually means to pursue knowledge and practices that can lead to more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible actions and lifestyles. It is a decision to reduce, reuse and recycle for a sustainable and renewable way of living. Do you recycle? Learn ways to help you do it better, and if not yet into that practice, why not give a thought to take a step and start?

It’s a good-to-know fact that once in about 100 years ago, mankind had a zero-waste lifestyle. Imagine, back then, there were no plastic wraps around the foods and items you just purchased, and literally every piece of scrap, like fabric, metal, wood or paper, are repeatedly reused and creatively repurposed into new valuable products. In your day-to-day life, incorporate recycling to not just help you save your resources but also make a big contribution to the world we are living.

First step, always be mindful of what you will buy. The most evident way to reduce waste is to reduce overall consumption. Skip away from buying products made from or packaged in plastic as much as possible. Go for reusable purchases over single-use. Remember, the less you buy, the less you have to find a place for later.

Recycle and Repurpose. Think of this, whatever you buy, you will eventually have to figure out its disposal. The packaging will of course be discarded immediately, and the items will in due course be replaced or discarded too. But, before you even toss that item in the trash bin, always take a moment to consider whether it can be recycled or repurposed. Paper, metal cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard are most commonly accepted for curbside recycling. Used clothes and gently used household items can go its way to charities. Also, take a chance of asking your friends and family if anyone might need or want the items you are letting go.

Be a pro and learn these easy-breezy ways to remember in cutting down wastes:

  • When going to the grocery, use reusable shopping bags
  • Keep a water bottle handy, this not only saves you some penny, but you are helping to reduce wastes
  • Coffee lover? Bring your own mug when you plan to indulge in a coffee drink
  • Dump disposable utensils. Time to show off your silverware.
  • Toys for your little ones? Consider wooden toys or those made of untreated fabric.
  • Why not frequent secondhand stores, instead of always buying new ones? You’ll be amazed to know that there’s a lot of good buys there too.
  • Make use of those mason jars from your emptied spread to store foods
  • Care for your hygiene? Opt for non-disposable items, washable cloth diapers, use handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues. There are rags in lieu of paper towels.
  • Food waste: learn the power of composting and turn it into an excellent fertilizer

In this time of living, almost everything is getting into an “all-disposable culture.” This is definitely leaving a trail of destruction to the world we are living in. There is no one single solution to this issue, but you can always do your part to help. Your simple act of reducing your waste, recycling, and reusing will ripple its effect to the world. We live on one earth, take part in protecting it.