With our current consumer driven lifestyle, the volume of waste is growing every year. A helpful way to think of environmental conservation is to think of 3R`s
3R`s are the essential components of environmentally - responsible consumer behavior “Reduce - Reuse - Recycle”. 3R`s are the most effective options to protect, conserve and promote the nature and built environment for the benefit of the present and future generations.
Nowadays many of the problems created by waste can be solved by reducing the amount of waste we produce. Making a new product requires a lot of energy and materials, but less energy is used in recycling products. It prevents waste from being sent to landfill, hence reduces our impact on climate change.
The other thing is waste minimization, which reduces what we use and therefore the amount of waste we discard. It is worth noting that waste minimization is not recycling. It is all about reducing waste at source (not creating in the first place). For instance, using disposable or buying food we do not need on impulse or because there is a special offer and then wasting it. In terms of waste management, it is the best option.
Many things have a second or even a third life, if you do not want to use them, there are people who will reuse it. At specialized reuse centers and consignment shops you can find everything from books to building materials. Usually they are less expensive and just as good as new.
There are many reasons why we should all reduce our waste - reuse and recycle our resources, some of them are:
- It saves energy
- It prevents pollution
- Saves money
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
- Reduces GHG that contribute to global climate change
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