Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: Recycling and Waste Reduction
After three flat years, carbon dioxide emissions rose again in 2017, showing that the earth’s struggles with climate change will only continue. Now is the time for individuals to do what they can to reduce their impact, through actions big and small. Not only do we at MagicQuote find the importance of saving our users money, but we also value the life of our planet!
Why Recycling and Waste Reduction Matter
Humanity’s massive consumption of material goods is a root cause of climate change. Extracting and harvesting raw materials from the earth, as well as the processing, manufacturing, transporting and disposal of the products made by said raw materials, contributes substantially to pollution and the venting of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. As these gases accumulate, heat is trapped within the earth’s atmosphere and the global temperature begins to rise.
Recycling can minimize the rate of global climate change by reducing the extraction of raw materials from the earth and the amount of fossil fuel burnt in the manufacturing process. Waste prevention is even more effective — like recycling, it diminishes the need for raw materials, saves energy and fossil fuels, and diverts materials away from landfills and incinerators.
What You Can Do: Reducing household waste should be your main focus.
Here’s how to do this:
- When shopping, purchase in bulk and use reusable containers whenever possible.
- Take the reusable cloth or canvas grocery and produce bags to the store.
- Avoid single-use containers. When that isn’t possible, try to buy food packaged in paper, cardboard or glass.
- Carry reusable water bottles, takeout containers, and straws with you when you’re on the go.
- Consider cloth diapers and reusable feminine hygiene products.
- Compost as much of your waste as possible.
- Buy lightly used products rather than new. Donate anything you no longer need that is still in working condition.
The Future of Recycling and Waste Reduction
Climate change isn’t just a nuisance, it’s a public health crisis. Global warming has been linked to the rise in occurrences of drought, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, pollution and mosquito-borne illnesses that we’ve seen in the past few decades. To remedy this problem, we need to make a global move toward a circular economy — wherein we use resources for as long as possible, get the maximum value from them while in use, and then reclaim and regenerate resources at the end of their service life.