Editorial

Reduce, re-use, recycle

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We live in a throw-away society. We're wasteful.

We must all change our lifestyles to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Although we may think we can't make a difference individually, small steps taken on an individual level can and do make a difference. We must each do our own small part to minimize the waste and excess consumption in our society.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are too lazy and/or simply don't think about the fact that something that they are throwing away could be used and appreciated by someone else. Nor do they think about the landfill being filled up by perfectly good and useful items, and countless items that can and should be recycled.

What can you do?

Setting the right example for our children becomes paramount in teaching the next generation that it is not necessary to have the newest, most recent model of everything!

What are you throwing away?

Get in the habit of looking critically at all of your household waste. Is it really garbage? Can it be used by someone else? Can you compost your wet garbage? Are you recycling everything that is possible to recycle? Some charities will pick up unwanted clothing and household items. Taking this simple step would see items such as stuffed toys, other toys, bikes, folding chairs, lamps, tables, furniture, and much more, put to good use.

Each one of us must start taking individual responsibility to reduce the resource footprint on our fragile planet.-