April 5, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Part 1

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Make_a_differenceLandfills are loaded up with waste, poisoning the water and oceans, and it's gross. What can you do to make a difference? A lot! You all know the importance of recycling, but recycling is only part of the solution. For the next 3 Thursdays, I'm going to give you tips for how you can REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE!

Reduce
Think about the fresh, new things you buy or use every day. There might be ways you can reduce or use fewer of these things so less garbage ends up in the landfill. 

Napkins/Paper Towels/Tissues
How to reduce:  Don't be so messy! Just kidding, although that might help if you are a real slob. But seriously, you can use cloth ones that you don't throw away. You just toss them in the wash when they get dirty. (I'll tell you how to make your own in next week's Reuse post.)

Toilet Paper
How to reduce: OK, I understand this is a necessity of life, but um . . . maybe you can use a little bit less. We'll say no more about that. Moving on . . .

Cell Phone/Computer/Electronic Devices
How to reduce: I know like every six months there is some new and improved gadget that you just have to have, but electronic waste is growing into a HUGE problem. The greenest choice is to use your phone/computer/camera/iPod/whatever for as long as possible before you get a new one. My phone is 5 years old –it is not cool looking, but I'm proud to keep it out of a landfill!

Clothes
How to reduce: Same thing with clothes. Having the latest new clothes all the time is not environmentally friendly. Keep your clothes for as long as possible before you buy new ones. (I'll talk next week about how to add new style to your old clothes.) Another way to reduce is to wear used clothes. Hand-me-downs and used clothing stores can be fun. Or do a clothes swap with your friends, and you can feel good knowing that you are reducing the amount of garbage in landfills!

Snack Packs
How to reduce: You know those individual size foods that get put in your lunchbox? Have you ever thought about all the trash you throw away at lunchtime? You can reduce that! Instead of plastic baggies, you can find plastic-lined reusable bags that can be washed. Instead of apple sauce in a plastic container, bring a whole apple. Instead of packaged cookies, bake your own treats. Instead of single serving plastic yogurt cups, you can spoon yogurt from a large container into a small tupperware. Think thermos. Make it your goal to go waste-free like Moderator Elise on the Save the Planet Board.

These are just a few ways to REDUCE, but there are thousands more ways to reduce the amount of stuff you buy and throw away. What are YOUR ideas? Let us know in the Comments. And come back next Thursday for Part 2: REUSE!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

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  1. Gabriel

    Thanks , I have just been searching for information approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the best I have found out till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you sure concerning the source?

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  2. butterflyangel87

    I always give my old clothes to my little sister, so they don’t end up in landfills. GO RECYCLING!!!!!

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  3. Any

    I’m going to the bathroom less. That way toilet paper will be saved. I think it stinks when people are mean. I love the stacks. Reducing is good for the enviroment. Has anyone seen Avatar the Last Airbender the show. The movie stinks. I love the anime though. Look for more comments by me on The Stacks.

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  4. Shoretiger1

    I love the outdoors so I definatly think this blog is the one for me. During this past summer I made soda tab bracelets. This really did enprove my street and every where around it.

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  5. pinkunicorn108

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. First Name Only or STACKS username:

    Fairyemerald31: I don’t think using lots of toilet paper is a problem. Also, I agree with Frankinstien, plastic belongs in a landfill

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  7. Fairyemerald31

    I disagree with Frankinstien or First Name only or Stacks Username. No offense, But I’m
    Going to use less toilet paper*I hope* Also, I have a problem. I can’t log in to My Profile or Post Something on The Message Boards.
    YOU MUST FIX IT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM.
    I am REALY bummed out*sniff*.

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  8. PianoGirl6

    Thermoses really help when you’re trying to reduce. As for recycling, we do it already at my school.

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  9. chattyangel42

    Umm.. I disagree with #1 and #2 comment. Recycling gets us new items from old materials! So keep on recycling! You might not know it, your brand new notebook might be your old notebook!

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  10. Frankinstien

    Recycling doesn’t work for me. I think plastic belongs in a landfill. Recylcing is just an unessesary thing to do.

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