Protecting our environment and making our existing resources go farther are two big incentives to go green. Plus we know that making green choices now will benefit future generations.
Recycling is a wonderful way to conserve resources and be environmentally friendly. Recycling keeps waste out of landfills and reuses the same materials to make new products. When you think of recycling, you usually think of tossing your paper, plastic and glass into a special bin that your city collects and sorts. But recycling encompasses much more than this simple act.
Many communities and businesses engage in efforts to keep green waste out of landfills. Neighbors come together to turn yard trimmings into beneficial compost that help community gardens and green spaces to thrive. Local tree trimmers provide free shredded tree material for mulching landscapes which reduces water usage.
Communities have also organized to keep appliances, toxic materials and medications out of the waste stream. All of these products benefit from recycling and reclamation efforts.
Appliances that have stopped working usually end up in the trash because they aren’t approved for regular recycling. However, a company that specializes in recycling appliances can reclaim metals and parts that can be recycled or reused while disposing of any hazardous material safely.
And while there are many efforts to cut down on the use of toxic materials, some products do not currently have widely available green alternatives. Recycling and reclaiming these materials or their components reduces their impact on the environment.
Unused or outdated medications have large impact on our water resources; polluting our drinking water, lakes and streams. Local hospitals work to educate people on the proper way to dispose of these products and hold drives to collect unused medications.
But there are many other great ways to go green beyond recycling.
Many cities have website directories for companies that offer eco-friendly goods or services. Spending your money with these companies encourages more businesses to see going green as a viable and profitable option. For instance, there are several green energy company resources like http://www.newyorkenergyrates.com/. By buying energy from a company using renewable energy, you not only make a smart choice for your local environment but you become a stakeholder in making green energy a viable alternative for more communities.
The ripple effect of our personal choices adds up. Each choice inspires new efforts and inventions that will make our future even greener.