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The Importance of Recycling

by Christina Koopmann - Freelance Writer

Environmental concerns are ever growing and the whole issue may be overwhelming at times. We cannot change the world and its systems, but we can change things that are in our immediate power. Recycling for example is one of the best and easiest ways to do something good for our mother nature.

Recycling is important to both nature and us. The positive impact on our environment is manifold: to live more organically, to conserve materials, to save energy and to reduce garbage in landfills.

Recycling begins at home. If you are not throwing away all of your old products and instead use them for something new then you are already recycling. Recycling is a holistic practice, so you might want to consider the three key factors – the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.

We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is steadily increasing. There are many reasons why the amount of rubbish we create is getting bigger and bigger: growing wealth means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste, increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste, new packaging and technological products are being developed and much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable and last but not least we should not forget that our lifestyle is changing as well - people are consuming more and more take away food, and even if it is a green super food smoothie it often comes in a non biodegradable plastic cup. Hence, you might want to consider bringing you own mugs and cups next time.

Recycling minimizes the need for raw materials so that the rainforests and other natural recourses can be preserved. Raw materials require vast amounts of energy, which is, as we all know, not an abundant source.

Always have in mind that with a little bit of effort you can help to make our planet a better place!

published: 02/04/2014

3 comments on “The Importance of Recycling

  1. My favorite part of this article is when you pointed out that recycling mitigates the stress that population growth causes the environment. I try my best to recycle as much as I could, but I believe that a greater impact could be created if recycling is done as a community. It’s a great idea if towns can work in partnership with industrial sanitation companies in coming up with better waste management guidelines. Thanks for this very empowering read!

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