Most of us do not give a second thought to the trash we discard on an everyday basis. Once it hits the bin it is out of sight out of mind. Most of this garbage ends up in landfills where they will pollute the earth for many years to come. In many homes across the country especially in suburban homes, recycling is not a priority. However as global warming wreaks havoc to our planet, recycling and consuming less resources should be taught and practice at home. Here are some useful recycling tips for modern homes in cities like Scottsdale and Tampa.
Use Glass Bottles
Instead of using plastic bottles to store water and juice, switch to glass bottles. Yes, they are very breakable but they are also more earth friendly than plastic ones. Firstly, plastic has a negative impact on human health. According to the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) using plastic products can cause hormone related diseases. Aside from this, the manufacturing of plastic uses finite resources such as crude oil. Glass bottles on the other hand are much safer for the environment and can be recycles more easily than plastic.
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Cut Down Use Of Plastic Bags
Many suburban moms go to the grocery store and use plastic bags to carry their purchases. While this is acceptable to many, there are millions of sea creatures that die each year due to the ingestion of these plastic bags. Some of them get trapped and drown. To help cut back the use of these plastic bags, use recyclable bags made from natural eco-friendly materials. These bags are usually available in your neighborhood grocery stores.
Carpooling is not strictly recycling but it does cut down the use of gasoline. This is a good idea for neighbors with kids who go to the same school. Instead of each parent dropping off and picking up their kids at school, parents take turns in shuttling the kids to and fro, cutting back the use of cars and making traffic more bearable for all.
Recycle Plastic Bags
Remember those bags we talked about earlier? You probably have a lot of them at home. You can recycle them by using them to carry your purchases in. This is a good idea when you don’t have those reusable shopping bags yet. Plastic is a durable material and some plastic bags are thicker, making them sturdy. Simply wash them off and hang them to dry if they are dirty and they will be ready to use again. This way you are saving them from the landfills where they will sit for the next 500 years.
Be Active In Recycling
Many cities have recycling centers in suburban cities. This makes it easier for families to bring in their recyclable materials. Aluminum cans, boxes, newspapers and glass bottles can be bought in for recycling. Some centers even pay you to bring in your recyclables. This is an important lesson parents can teach their children. By being active in recycling programs, children will learn early on the value of recycling and its impact on the planet.
Contrary to popular belief, recycling for families in modern homes in big cities is easy and can be done regularly. Following the above mentioned tips can help our planet and cut back the use of finite resources. Remember that we only have 1 planet to live in. Let us do our share to protect and preserve it.