Some of us go the extra green mile of reusing, reducing, and recycling. We are always on the lookout for chances to recycle, and even buying organic and natural items for our home. We take pride in making these changes work for us and those around us, including the ECO systems of our planet. Many of us our doing our part to save the planet.
As Melissa Eziark of Bankrate.com says, “recycling is great, reusing is better.” There are four ways to reuse.
1. Reuse it for it’s original purpose as a new purpose.
2. Give it away to someone who can reuse it.
3. Sell it, recoup the original cost while reusing.
4. Buy it used and save money.
People that recycle are considered as doing a good duty. People that reuse are sometimes considered cheap. To many individuals, recycling is cooler than reusing. However, both are just as equally important. There is also the concept that recycling is too time consuming, while the reusing keeps people from reusing because of the cheap perception. Once these two are overcome, we will become better stewards of our planet.
Attitudes by each of us are changing. The present state of the economy along with a strong concern for our planet is making us more aware the actions we take. People during the depression reused many things.They developed ways to make things go farther, because they were forced to economically.
According to the EPA,.between 2 and 5 percent of the waste stream is reusable. Reuse means savings. This means savings in waste removal, too.
Let’s take a use at the four reuse methods listed above. (1) Everyday items can be used more than once. Paper bags, plastic bags, gift boxes, wrapping paper, and bubble wrap can be used again and again. The same with clothing.
(2) Give it to someone can that can use it. Furniture, extra pieces of lumber, and even garden vegetables can be used by someone else. Donate an old car to somebody that needs transportation.
(3) Sell it at a yard sale or let the Red Cross or Salvation Army sell things for a profit. They cam always put the money to good use. Old computers can be refurbished for use at Youth or Senior centers.
(4) Buy used items and save money. Put the saved money to use for other items. Buy items that are made out of used or recycled products.
The movie “The Green Mile” talks about how each of us has our own green mile to walk, during our life time in our own way. This green mile is about our responsibility to our planet and the countless living organisms that occupy it with us. Let’s be good stewards for all concerned.