The Earth is all we’ve got! Do you see any other planet that is within our reach that is ready to welcome us, humans, so that we can go and exploit that planet as well? Nope, the Earth should not be exploited, and the materials that we take from the Earth must be used with the utmost care. We all have legitimately heard the slogan “reduce, reuse, recycle” but did you also know that this can assist you in saving a ton of money? Reducing your consumption, reusing items that would have outlived their lifespan and purpose and recycling what’s left will help you keep the items out of the disgusting landfills that have started to plague our Earth.
Did you know that American waste 40% of the food that they purchase, that’s almost $200 and can feed a family of four? This news is seriously tragic, there are literally people who can’t even afford 3 square meals a day, and we have first world nations discarding perfectly good food. Why? Just because. Just because what? Just because they CAN! This is blasphemous and outright pathetic to hear about. Reducing food wastage is not difficult; it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to ration food. Learn how to properly strategize your grocery shopping, purchase only how much you need, and if you do still have extra, use it later on or give it to the less fortunate. Before you are buying something, do make sure that you NEED it. Why would you want to misuse your hard earned money on something that you don’t need? Make sure you have room for it as well.
Learn how to reuse items that have already lived out their use. Get creative, go on the internet, learn how to DIY products that can be used as something else. Trust me you DO NOT have to send all these items to a landfill, just because you don’t know what to do with it. Learn how to repurpose things. And see how much money it saves you.
For example: Furniture can be repurposed by using the wood. You can take the wood and make it a stool or a table, make it your own; it will also give you a hobby along the way. Make a tv stand, an entertainment center, literally anything up sending it to a landfill where it will be used to no one.
Do not blindly toss recyclable items into a bin; look for things that you can recycle yourself. Get paid for submitting some wood, metal, and paper that you don’t use. Aluminum cans, old newspapers, scrap metal, etc. all can be recycled.
For example: The multi-billion dollar company and also the first company to reach a value of 1 trillion dollars, APPLE, INC is taking enormous strides in recycling. They have decided to stop mining the Earth for materials and have introduced a “trade-in” program where you go and give them your old iPhone, iPad or, and they take it and recycle the parts, and also give you a value for it which discounts the new phone that you purchase.
Did you know? The entire company now runs on 100% green renewable energy, all their data centers, all their production, and manufacturing factories; all run on solar, wind and hydroelectricity. I cannot express how big of a fan I am with what they are doing. I was baffled and ecstatic when I heard they achieved this.
So let’s all take a look at what Apple is doing and try and follow in their footsteps, they really do have a vision for the future and that future is self-sustaining, green, and renewable, a better future!