Global Recycling Day – Did you Know about it? We are Dying!
Today the world is moving towards a sustainable future. Business tycoons, big conglomerates, huge industries, start-ups, small and medium scale business are understanding the need to work on reducing waste and working on sustainable grounds for the impact of the global waste management crisis.
In 2018 it called for a dire need to commemorate Global Recycling day. The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don’t make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation. (www.globalrecyclingday.com).
This directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing. We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organisations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.
Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.
The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future that will benefit all.
Below are 10 ways to recycle, some of which also help with reducing and reusing.
Use reusable bags instead of plastic
Using plastic bags are banned in some parts of the world. Still, there are places where they are used, sadly it is not beneficial for the environment and health too. What you can do is, instead is to use cotton or cloth bags. Reuses them, wash, dry, use and reuses – with the same process.
Reuse scrap paper for crafts
This is something I would like to point out as reusing the scarp papers at the office and in the house of elsewhere is a wonderful technique to reduce waste. Wasting paper is wasting trees. We can reuse these scrap papers for mailing craft, strips tapes, colorful and decorative paper strips for other crafts decoration etc.
Use cloth napkins and towels Using cloth napkins and towels in the kitchen and bathrooms will help to reduce paper consumption and give you a reusable product, possibly saving you a couple of hundred dollars a year.
Repurpose glass jars and containers
Why pay extra for these food-filled glass containers, why not reuse them for other household items that need a new container? You can look up many DIYs and green décor ides on Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. They show how to reuse and recycle plain glass jars into pretty home-products, ranging from food containers to decorative light-hangers.
Even if you’ve tried everything you can to revive your electronic device, laptop or computer, don’t just dump it in the garbage. You can donate it to charities that can fix it up or send it back to the manufacturer that will end up recycling the body and parts for other products. Some ink cartridge manufacturers will give you a prepaid label to mail back used-cartridges to recycle. Look into the manufacturers of your devices and find out about their recycling programs.
Some are extreme ways to recycle
The above are the basic that you can do every time daily. Now 5 extreme ways to recycle, and if you are super serious about green living then you can continue using these tricks for recycling.
Recycle water – This one is a big investment, as you’d have to reconfigure your water pipes so that bathwater and sink water can be used for either flushing the toilet or for watering your yards. You’ll be recycling the water to serve more than just a single purpose and as a result, also saving more on your water bills.
Make your compost – How much do you consciously and unconsciously leaving behind the waste have you ever realised. What you need to do is leave your organic waste in a compost bin to decompose so that you can recycle the compost for plants. Be sure that you have the right container and put only decomposable items in.
Switch to using cloth diapers – Using cloth diapers for your child may seem outdated, but women used them for ages. Today what we have – Disposable diapers aren’t usually put into recycling categories, so you can choose to use cloth diapers if you truly want to go green. Search on google you may find many companies and start-ups that are providing these.
Collect rainwater to use for watering plants – if you are not living in a state like California or an Indian state like Chennai – which is almost a draught then you can perfectly harvest and conserve rainwater. You must take advantage of the rainy season and recycling the rainwater. Save more money on your water bill by using natural water for watering your indoor or outdoor plants.
Buy secondhand furniture on Craigslist or eBay – Check out secondhand furniture found on Craigslist or eBay. It’s one of the greatest ways to recycle furniture that is still usable and also reduces trash in the landfill.
True green living requires a lifestyle change, but there are little things you can do that will help our landfills from becoming unusable. Just follow these ways to recycle, and you’ll be on your way to having less garbage and wasted resources.
India is known to generate over 65 million tonnes of waste every year. Not to your surprise it is one of the highest in the world.
India ranks third in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. All thanks to poor waste management.
By 2050, if the world survives India will be staggering to 88 square km of land for waste disposal through landfilling.
As per the recent report by a private research frim India is 77% of waste is disposed in open dumbs, whereas 18% is composted, and only 5% is recycled.
Not to shock you – India is also the third-largest in the world for producing electronic waste after China and the USA.
Globally 23% of disposable water bottles are recycled each year
Glass is 100 % recycled and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in quality and purity. However if unrecycled it could take 4000 years or more for it to recycle or decompose naturally.
70% of total waste in Indian offices is of paper.
The whole idea is that today we have a couple of sustainable options for living wherein we can use them and we have a means for producing them too. The only thing lacking is we do not do it on our own. We preach and only preach. I have started my bit in my way for plastic, reuse glass bottles, cloth bags, planting trees, kitchen garden, sustainable tourism, handmade paper use, reuse of paper etc. if I initiate this from my home, my kid is watching and doing the same.
Please start today! Do your bit, if you want the planet to be as beautiful and gorgeous as it is.
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