BREAKING Recycling Is Actually Easy and Anyone Can Do It!
For some reason, recycling and donating are often associated with grueling manual labor. Like it’s this enormous task that requires a life-changing epiphany to complete. That could not be farther from the truth. Recycling is actually very easy, and besides the obvious tangible benefits of a healthier environment, it makes you feel better.
It would take hours to list all the benefits of recycling and donating but try to think about the future if we increased our reusable habits. The air would be cleaner, water would be clearer, trees would be taller, life expectancy would go up, people would be happier, and the world would genuinely be a better place.
In the U.S. there was a charitable donation of an estimated two million tons of clothing in 2011. When I first heard that I was impressed and thought that sounded like a solid amount. Until I heard this next statistic: each year in the U.S. there are an estimated 12 million tons of clothing waste thrown away. That is a lot of clothes. Such an easy fix, too. Instead of tossing old clothes into the garbage, just make a charitable donation. There are charities that will pick up your old clothes if you can’t find the time to visit a place that does charity donations in person.
If we spend more time donating clothing to charity there could potentially be 12 million less tons of garbage each year. That would be amazing. If we take better care of our solid waste, then that would change the world even more. The EPA estimates that only 30% of solid waste is actually recycled, even though 75% of all solid waste is recyclable. This is an easy solution if more people take advantage of recycling. Take food, for example, If we recycled the nearly 21.5 million tons of food waste each year, that’s the equivalent of taking two million cars off the road. That would be a great reduction of greenhouse gases.
We all want our planet to be healthier and cleaner. Recycling can do just that. Help get clothing and other waste out of landfills and into organizations that recycle. Make all the charitable donations you can. Donate clothes, blankets, old mattresses, books, electronics, and anything you can think of so that it doesn’t turn into unnecessary waste. Same thing with recycling garbage. Don’t just throw something away because it’s easier to. If it can be recycled, recycle it! It’ll help make you and our planet feel better!