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Recycling Tips to Protect the Environment

Almost all the things we do affect the environment. And by the state of our earth today-we see events of acid rain, global warming, depletion of the ozone layer and worsening of air and water pollution-it's obvious that we are not properly taking care of our planet.

The good news is it is not yet too late. Although we cannot exactly say that things are getting better, we can still do something to help save the environment. One of the best ways to do that is through recycling and its equally important associates called reducing and reusing.

Here is a list of simple but meaningful things we can do to alleviate the stress placed upon our Mother Earth.

1. Bring cloth bags whenever you go grocery shopping. Not only are cloth bags highly reliable and sturdy, these are also reusable and enable you to avoid using plastic bags.

2. Buy rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. Rechargeable batteries may be a little costly but in the long run you will be saving more because you do not have to keep on buying more. More importantly, you are saving landfill space since batteries take up a lot of room in the landfills because they cannot be incinerated.

3. Compost kitchen waste by digging a hole in your yard where you can place food discards in it. Just be sure not to include animal or meat wastes in it. This is not only great for the environment but also gives you wonderful soil for your garden.

4. Be a wise consumer. Buy only things that you and your family really needs. When buying home supplies like food and drinks, it's better to go for large quantities to avoid small unnecessary packaging.

5. Wash glass, aluminum and plastic containers before bringing them to the recycling center.

6. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels to minimize waste.

7. Stop junk mail. Contact the company sending you unwanted catalogues.

8. As much as possible, steer away from plastic materials because these are harmful to the environment. If you should use them, opt to use those that are reusable such as plastic containers for storing food instead of plastic cling wrap that you can only use once.

9. Make art projects out of seemingly useless junk. Involve kids in these projects and watch their creative imagination flourish.

10. If you have a baby, try reverting to the traditional method of using cloth diapers. This saves you a lot of money and saves space in the landfill.

11. Start a paper drive in your home or in your community. Paper is one of the most common materials that we use each day and if we would be able to collect and recycle a ton of paper, we would be able to spare 17 trees from being cut down.

12. Read news online instead of buying newspapers.

13. Reuse glass bottles. It is safer to use glass bottles as containers for beverages because plastic chemicals leech into the water we drink.

If you notice, all of these tasks are beneficial in more than one ways. You are not only contributing to the betterment of the environment but you are also making life easier and things more cost-effective and efficient for you and your family. 

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A fortunate grandpa of six incredible miracles, I embrace a good challenge. At 63 years of age I am embarking on my first Internet eCommerce store with my grown son, Chuck. My careers have been varied and fulfilling and I am sure this one will be too. My core values are energy and enthusiasm and my mission is to add value to every situation I find myself in. Read more on aluminum can crusher, click here.