Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! It’s something we should all do. It’s great for the Earth and future generations to come. Would you rather do it now, or never? I’m going to explain what reducing, reusing, and recycling is. Then, I’m going to say how you can do it.
Reducing is just using less of what you need. You should buy just the right amount so you don’t have to throw a bunch of extra junk into the ground. Many things aren’t decomposable. (Talk about that more in recycling). How can you do it? You can buy just the amount that you need. Some water bottle companies now have reduced how much plastic they use on their bottles. You should buy from those companies and similar.
This is just looking at what you have and saying, “What can I use this for?” For example, if you have one of those cameras that you use once and throw away, you can keep it and let little kids play with it. My parents do this with their used gift cards and credit cards. My sisters love to play with them. Another example: Using yogurt containers to hold paint, or egg holders as planters. You can also recycle it, which brings me to the next one…
Recycle! It’s simply where you take excess bottles, cans, and newspapers and give them to a plant. This plant grinds them up or melts them to make a new bottle, from the old materials. Making a bottle from fresh metal, glass, or plastic is more expensive than a recycled one! You should recycle because some items, like plastic and Styrofoam, aren’t decomposable. This means they can’t break down into the ground, like paper and other natural substances can. That’s why it’s so important to recycle.
Wait, there’s another one? Yes! Repairing is the last, unmentioned part. It was first included in the book Captain Eco and the Fate of the Earth. It is finding a old pile of junk and making something, entertaining, useful, or just plain fun out of it!
So, now that you know what you must do, will you do it? I already do! I recycle a lot. As for repairing, I always like to find a use for everything. My family already reuses the credit cards, as I said. We really don’t reduce, although I’m sure we’ll start soon. Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, REPAIR!