These days we are comparatively more aware and updated in terms of our surroundings than the lost ages. In my school days, social studies comprised of general weathers, different parts of the world, different species existing, wildlife, birds, and forest etc which upgraded in to civics and geography in later stages. But today’s generation is reading all about global warming, urbanization, deforestation, extinction of birds and animals, pollution etc. Sometimes I feel that although being updated and aware of the situation is a good thing, but the reality of the future is scary. We are showing them a place that will be full of buildings but no trees, lots of people but no birds and animals (think about the zoo. No animals present, only their posters stating that Tiger use to look like this, elephant use to look like this), plastic bottles for water but no river, lakes or ponds, no oxygen in the air but only carbon emissions and harmful gases to breathe. Sad!! Isn’t it?
Don’t say yes. Because we are the ones, who are and will be responsible for these grave scenarios in future. All over the internet, social media and in person, environmentalists and people are trying to hold seminars, peace walks, panels etc to make people aware of the atrocities being put on the environment and the aftermaths we are supposed to face as a result. What we are failing to see is that we are actually slowly murdering the nature. Many countries have taken steps to recover the lost glory for their existence but I guess we Indians are waiting for a miracle to happen. Am I right? Get up and start doing things at the ground level. Then only it will make any difference to the bigger things happening around. Recycling is the best initiative one can think of at personal level. This is one thing at ground level work you can start doing today onwards. Recycling is all about putting the discarded things into some other use. Basically, it’s an art to prevent it to go in the environment in the form of carbon and harmful gases. Try using the things which are easily recyclable. So let’s discuss about top 5 things that can be recycled at home and how?
- Glass Bottles: First thing that came into my mind to replace is plastic bottles we use for storing water at home. First and foremost, we should discard all the plastic bottles. Instead, we should use glass bottles for all the storage purposes at home. Be it for water, staples, miscellaneous purposes, use glass bottles. Not only a large gallon of water is wasted in making plastic bottles, but lots of greenhouse gases are also emitted in the atmosphere, which is sheer waste and harmful. On the other hand, glass can be recycled many number of times with less wastage and destruction. It is also interesting to know that recycling glass containers of any type is generally about 33% more efficient than producing them from scratch. This saves lots of energy consumption which reduces carbon emissions. Thus, switch to glass bottles in your home for all purposes and décor. Also, stop using aerated drinks in a plastic bottle. Help the government in improving the economy by having local homemade drinks instead of these aerated ones in the market. Not only it will boost the economy and local produce but will also reduce the plastic consumption.
- Storage Bags and Containers: Use cloth bags or jute bags or handmade paper bags instead of these plastic ones. You can actually make bags out of t-shirts, shirts and other home material through many DIY videos online. This will not only replace plastic bags but will also recycle your old clothes. Just remember or read, the number of deaths of the water mammals or of street dogs, cats and cows, who eat these plastic bags. It will come to a stop if we will alter our mode of usage. Try to join hands with companies which are following zero plastic usage policies and also create awareness.
- Clothes: Try to donate old clothes to some NGO’s or child care centers registered under the government. They can be well distributed and utilized among the needy ones. You can be of some help to the people who are daily trying hard for their existence, instead of trying to find ways to adjust them in your almirahs.
- Compost: This is one of the best methods I came across recently to manage the waste produced at home. Make a compost bin in your home and put all the waste materials like peel offs, seeds, pet hair, shells etc into that instead of putting it in the dustbin. Use this organic waste into nutrient rich soil for your plants and the garden. It reduces and eliminates the need of chemical fertilizers, water and pesticides. It removes solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from storm water runoff. To know more about composting, read the related articles online or on our blog. It very well reuse and recycle the waste into a healthy, nutrient rich soil for your home.
- Paper and cardboards: Go digital. It is a very well known fact now that every ton of paper recycled saves 7 trees, 9,000 pond of steam, 60,000 gallons of water, 350 pounds of limestone and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Importantly, if all the newspapers were recycled, we could save 250 million trees each year. Donate all the cardboards and hard board stuff to NGOs or to small scale industries. They utilize those in their daily work very diligently and efficiently.
If this was not enough to encourage you to recycle then read this information. I am sure this will ring a bell.
“Recycling creates 4 jobs for every 1 job in the waste management and disposal industries.”