Follow the Three R’s to do your bit for our planet4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
Ah, Earth Day. That one day in the 365 days of the year that we take a minute to look at the natural world around us and appreciate the abundance it provides us.
STOP RIGHT THERE.
Unlike our birthdays, Earth Day is one cause that we need to support every single day! And this doesn’t mean that we go out there are try to clear the oceans of pollution, or stop a thousand trees from being chopped down. Thinking about Mother Earth can be just begin at home by doing the simplest of things to keep our planet healthy and happy!
The easiest way to contribute to saving our planet is by remembering one small mantra – a mantra we at Owliver firmly stand behind. The 3 R’s: Reduce, reuse and recycle – that’s all it takes.
The 3 R’s
First up on our list, reuse. Reuse is when you find multiple purposes for something you have already you have used previously. Maybe you used a container to store food. Instead of throwing it away once finished with what you stored in it, you instead keep it and put something else in it – simple, right?
This is a repeated process that helps the Earth by making sure less of our trash goes to the landfill or into the environment.
Secondly, make sure to reduce. Reduce your waste and carbon footprint. You can do this by not using plastic and instead using steel or other metals for your containers. Plastic harms the Earth and is hard to decompose once it reaches the landfill. Using steel can help you reuse the bottle multiple times, saving parts of the Earth that would otherwise be littered with plastic bottles.
Finally, the hardest; recycle. A good rule of thumb is to think about something that someone would be fine with touching and leave out the ones that aren’t. Anything with grease or oil that can’t be washed off with water easily should not be recycled. Nobody wants to touch your dirty food boxes. Something with chemicals, such as a battery, should not be recycled, but instead safely disposed of. Chemicals could be toxic, so that’s out. Anything made of plastic or paper is fine to touch and should be recycled as long as it doesn’t have any food residue. This can be anything from a crushed pencil to your soda bottles.
Reducing your carbon footprint
Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air because of your own energy needs. You need transportation, electricity, food, clothing and other goods. Every little choice you make can make a difference to the size of your carbon footprint. Here are some ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, just by being mindful.
Swap old light bulbs for the new compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They use only 25% as much electricity to give the same light, and they last ten times longer. Turn off lights, TVs and computers when you aren’t using them.
Unplug! Any electronic gadget you can turn on with a remote, such as a TV, DVD player, Nintendo, Xbox, uses power even when it is off. Try and limit your use of air conditioners, fans use much less power.
Walk or ride your bike instead of taking a car everywhere. If you must travel by car, carpool!
We hope this helps you begin your journey towards being more conscious of your consumption and how to reduce, reuse and recycle items around you!
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