A Personal Approach to Conservation
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a popular catchphrase that came out of the first Earth Day celebration, in 1970. It describes the main methods consumers and industries have to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Overall, these methods represent potent yet simple ways in which every person can contribute to the well-being of the planet and the conservation of its resources — plus, living by this idea often helps save money.
At the top of the conservation hierarchy, reducing consumption is a broad strategy that encourages using fewer materials and goods in daily life, business, and industry. By using less and therefore reducing demand for new products, this approach helps conserve energy and natural resources, lessens the emissions and environmental impacts from manufacturing, and helps consumers save money.
Reusing previously used products of all kinds is a very practical approach to conservation. Tools, clothing, cars, and appliances are just a few examples of goods that can be easily refurbished and reused. This method requires more energy and resources than reducing consumption, since the goods still need to be produced in the first place. By using products to their fullest extent, however, reuse requires less energy and fewer resources than recycling.
Recycling Products and Waste
By separating and sorting trash from recyclable materials, consumers and businesses can contribute to lowered emissions and environmental impacts, as these materials will not have to be freshly mined or manufactured. Most areas now have government-regulated programs for safe and easy disposal of recyclables. In fact, recycling is even required by law in some cities.
Consumers can earn valuable rewards for recycling through incentive programs like the ones offered by Recyclebank.
Everyday Examples of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce: Make your own snacks, so you can reduce packaging.
Reuse: Tailor “hand-me-down” clothing to fit a new wearer.