This is my second post for the campaign #causeachatter hosted by Blogchatter where I am championing #environmentalissues. I need not harp on the importance of having a green and clean environment. Nature has given us enough warnings to be conscious of our environment. Mending our ways is the only solution to help the earth and its living creature to breathe back. Its the responsibility of every individual to contribute to a better and greener EARTH. Reducing the carbon footprint is the need of the hour. The best way to achieve this is to Recycle, Reduce and Reuse whatever we can.
But, before we delve deep into the subject it’s important to understand the meaning and differences between Recycle, Reduce and Reuse.
It is a process in which the material that is considered to be a waste is re-manufactured into new items . The waste on earth is piling up and keeps accumulating in the landfills contributing in pollution, release of carcinogenic materials on being accidentally burnt, climate change and many more hazards. Plastic waste is a menace for the entire world and the only solution that we have, is to recycle.
Benefits that we can get from recycling
- Conserve Natural Resources
- Reduce Carbon Emissions
- Reduces Air Polution
- Reduces Water Pollution
- Almost everything can be recycled to reduce waste
- Saves energy
- Minimizes accumulation in Landfills
As per Canadian report, nearly 80% of typical household garbage is made up of recyclable materials or organic materials that could be broken down easily. As per estimation, at least 50% of the materials thrown by an individual as garbage could be recycled.
Amazing facts about Recycling
20 plastic bottles can be recycled into 2 garden chair.
12 PET bottles make one T-shirt and saves 2700 litres of water .
The PET bottles are turned into flakes which are then made into filament polyester yarn. Its knitted and processed into T-shirt that also saves 2700 ltrs of water with every recycled T-shirt.
Kathir, founder of ECO-HIKES, Tamil Nadu based organisation that makes Polo Shirts out of PET bottles, saving 2700 litres of water with every T-shirt made. Product tag is also made from cotton-textile waste and has embedded Brinjal and Chilli seeds that can be perfect additions to your kitchen garden.
- Milk Jugs and other plastic containers that stores laundry detergents, shampoo, household cleaners are recycled to make new bottles, picnic tables, lawn furniture, playground equipment, recycling bins etc.
*Bottle caps could be recycled into batteries for cars, garden rakes, storage containers, reusable shopping bags, yarn, ropes, brooms and more bottle caps.
*It takes 63PET bottles to make a sweater and only 14 bottles for a ski-jacket. A sleeping bag can be made out of 114 bottles.
Next time, when you throw your waste try to dispose of it in a way that it could be recycled.
Reduce/Reduction is to use less , resulting in a smaller amount of waste. A key part of waste reduction is “conservation of natural resource” wisely and less usage than usual to avoid waste.
Ways to Reduce Plastic in our Daily Life
- Avoid using Straws . Do we really need one? If at all, then buy your reusable stainless steel or glass drinking straw and use it.
- Use reusable produce bags
- Buy in Bulk
- Buy boxes instead of bottles
- Pay your bills electronically
- Purchase Bamboo toothbrush or one made out of recycled plastic.
Difference between Recycle and Reuse
Reusing is the act of taking old items that you might consider throwing away and finding a new purpose for them.
In Recycling, the material is turned back to raw materials which can be used again to make a new item out it.
whereas, in Reuse one uses the same material for different purpose without transforming it. Basically, using a product for another purpose rather dumping into the garbage bin after consumption.
Reusing is more sustainable than recycling as it does not require consumption of energy to make a new product.
7 Creative Ways to Reuse Daily Household Items
1.Use Old Toilet Paper Rolls
Toilet Paper rolls are the most common disposable daily household item. They tend to pile up and are thrown frequently .But, can be reused to keep cables and wires in a very organized way.
2. Old Cupcake trays
Old cupcake trays can be reused as jewellery organizers and need not be dumped in bins. You are more sorted with these old trays.
3. Reuse Broken Plates as Garden Edging
Don’t throw those beautiful Bone China plates, make them half. Simply stuck the broken parts in your garden space giving a border to your garden area, around a tree or bush or flower lanes. Colour them to give vibrancy and make your outdoor space more beautiful.
4.Baby Bookshelf from Paper/Amazon Carton
Pandemic has forced us to stay indoors and with it, our online shopping has increased by leaps and bounds. What to do with paper cartons of Amazon that keeps getting piled up? You can make a Bookshelf for your kids and these DIY bookshelves are quite sturdy too. Watch the video by Little Laddoo and you can create your own.
5. Use Empty Ketchup bottles as Pancake Batter Squirter
Want those perfect pancakes on the pan without any mess. Stuff pancake batter in your well-washed ketchup bottles and squeeze the batter on a hot pan to make perfect pancakes.
6. Use Plastic bottles as planters for house decor
Plastic bottles often end up in our bins but we can reuse them as a planter for a cosy corner. Paint them to make them more beautiful or add coloured pebbles inside the bottle to make them more attractive.
7.Make Home Decor items out of Old utensils (plates, kettles, pans, laddle) etc.
Plain old saree rendered new look by hand-painting by Swarna Utkala
SwarnaUtkala, a startup from Bhubaneshwar that caters its clients with such home decor items having beautiful temple art forms like Patachitra, Madhubani and Warli paintings. They hand paint on utensils as well as on old apparels giving them a longer life. They upcycle their client’s products by ancient art forms like patachitra rendering uniqueness to old clothes. Upcycling is not only in fashion but a sustainable living style that we all should adopt.
You can contact SwarnaUtkala on Instagram @swarnautkala or mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before dumping any daily household items next time, wear your creative caps and help the environment to be more green.
Clock is ticking, its high time we stop contributing to plastic waste every single day . It’s the responsibility of every individual of this planet to contribute for a better tomorrow.
We have only ONE Planet , SAVE it by going GREEN.
Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle should be your mantra for a sustainable living.