It is a good start to be concerned about the state of the planet. But taking action matters a great deal more.
There is so much that can be done to slow down climate change. Even the smallest actions can make a difference when added up. Here are five ways to improve recycling habits:
- Recycling Electronics
Many people assume that recycling is restricted to the cardboard boxes that most items come with. But recycling paper, cardboard and similar materials is not the extent of what can be done. Electronics are recyclable. Everything from batteries to televisions to smartphones can be recycled.
Those who normally throw their old electronics into the trash, or leave them lying around the house, could take them to a local electronics recycling location. Most places will take these items for free. It is a simple process that can make a huge difference.
- Repurposing Items
Sometimes helping the environment is not about recycling, but repurposing the items already purchased. For instance, a family with four children will probably have a significant footprint. But it can be reduced in many ways. Clothes can be handed down. And even electronics can be passed along from one member to another.
Say both parents get new iPhones. In two years, they want to upgrade. They could give those two-year-old iPhones to their oldest kids, who could give their phones to the younger kids. And the cycle can repeat for many years.
- Find Local Recycling Organizations
Besides the usual recycling that takes items from homes, there are other organizations that may be doing good work in this area. For instance, there are many Boy and Girl Scout organizations in the United States that will take cans, bottles and newspapers for recycling. They will raise money through this process. It is a double benefit for the giver, as they are aiding in recycling and helping such organizations raise money.
- Teach Kids From an Early Age
So much of recycling is about forming the right habits. It is instinct for many people to throw everything in the trash, because it is how they grew up. When kids start to become involved in household chores, they should learn about the concept of recycling. They will grow up knowing that certain items go into the recycling pile, not the trash.
- Start Composting
Many families could help the environment if they were to start composting.
It is not a great option for those who live in apartments. But homeowners can certainly compost.
Start with dead leaves and branches. Then progress to grass clippings, vegetable waste and coffee grounds. Composting is helpful as it limits the need for chemical fertilizers for the soil.
While it is true that a lot of damage to the environment has already been done, it is far from a lost cause. There is much that families can do in their everyday lives to help the environment. Even a few small steps can make all the difference.