Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. What does it really mean? Find out and start your New Year right by making a change…
If you have not read my 2017 MAMMOTH AND YOSEMITE TRIP post yet, I highly suggest checking that out before continuing onto this one (It will give you some background on my feelings towards the environment).
People need to change their actions in order to start sustaining/ conserving for ourselves and Earth.
Just imagine if we went back hundreds of years ago before the Industrial Revolution. Just imagine how clean our air, water, oceans, forests, and wildlife would be.
Now, there are so many aspects of the environment we can discuss, but today’s focus is going to be about something most people are aware of: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Most of us automatically think about recycling, but have you ever thought throughly of the first 2 steps before “Recycle?” Most of us just jump into thinking “Eh, I’ll just recycle this when I am done using it.” However, what happened to reducing and reusing first? The full cycle is REDUCE, REUSE, Recycle. So, why don’t we reduce first? Reducing what we utilize and consume is the biggest impact all of us can make in conserving, sustaining, and protecting our beautiful planet.
Simple steps can be easily made in the way we reduce. Here are some of the ways in which I have learned to reduce and reuse:
- Take metal utensils instead of plastic ones: At school, when I know I will have a lunch that requires a spoon or fork, I always grab a reusable one from my kitchen drawers.
- Bring your own mug/ cup to a coffee shop & ask for no lids or straws: When I go to Starbucks, if I know I am sitting there for some time to get some work done, I ask for no lid because I can easily sip from it as it is a regular cup. If I know I am on the go, I try to bring my own reusable mug/ cup. Not only do these small steps save a TON of plastic, you can also save money on drinks for not using their cups (Starbucks gives $0.10 off and other coffee shops also give some money off). It doesn’t seem like a lot, but if you’re a normal coffee drinker, it adds up.
- Carpool: Another easy way to reduce is to carpool with people near you! Not only does it save gas, it also saves you mileage on your car!
- Invest in reusable containers and bottles: There are so many people I see that use plastic bottles that end up being recycled. In the long run, if you invest in a good, proper water bottle and containers, you will save a ton of money by not having to continuously purchase one-time use, plastic items. Reduce your plastic and save money!
- Take quick showers and don’t let water go to waste: When you’re in the shower, do your business and get out! There is no need for the water to keep running pointlessly when you just stand there! Also, turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes. So much water goes down the drain and becomes a waste! Another thing I like to do is if I have old water, instead of pouring it down my sink or on the street, I water plants!
The list can go on and on for ways you can reduce the amount of items you use. Take action because EVERYONE can make a difference. Small steps lead to a big change. Do your part and be conscious of the items you utilize. And don’t forget, REDUCE, REUSE, and Recycle!
Xx Harshi xX