The 3R’s stand for the three words - REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE
By implementing The 3R’s in our daily lives we can all help protect the environment and leave a healthier world for future generations
Reducing the amount of waste and energy we produce and use is an easy way to help the environment. If we can reduce the amount of waste there will be less to dispose of and if we reduce the amount of energy we use we will cause less pollution.
Below are a few simple ways that you can reduce your waste and energy consumption:
- When you go shopping take reusable bags with you or take the bags you were given last time
- Don’t buy products that have lots of packaging. Packaging simply gets thrown away
- Reduce the amount of water you use by turning off the tap whilst brushing your teeth and washing.
- Reduce the amount of energy you consume by ensuring you switch off lights in rooms that are unoccupied
- Reduce the amount of energy you use by switching off all electrical items when not in use.
- Leaving items such as televisions and computer monitors on standby will still use energy so switch them off at the wall when you are not using them
- Reduce the amount of paper you consume at home and in the office by printing on both sides
- Reduce the amount of carbon dioxide you emit in to the atmosphere when driving your car by car pooling with work colleagues
Think about what you are throwing away….could you use it again? Could someone else make use of it? Reusing will reduce the amount of waste you throw away and therefore the amount that get burned or buried in the ground.
Here are a few simple ideas on how you can REUSE
- Reuse the shopping bags you were given at the supermarket by taking them with you the next time you go to the shops. Better still have a reusable, degradable bag that you always keep with you for shopping, this way you will never need to have plastic bags
- Take your packed lunch to school or work in a reusable container. This can be washed out each day and used again, saving lots of waste paper bags, foil and cling wrap
- Don’t use plastic cutlery, plates and cups as these are used once and then thrown away
- What you think is waste may be treasure to someone else – give unwanted but good condition clothes, toys, furniture etc to friends, sell them or donate them to charity.
- Empty jam jars can be used as desk tidies or shoe boxes to store CD’s
You just need to think and be creative
Recycling - turning some thing old in to something new that can be used again. Many items that we use each day can be recycled such as paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminium. You might be surprised at what can be made when you recycle products
Here are some interesting facts for you on recycling:
- You can recycle an aluminium drink can over and over again
- Recycling 1 aluminium can, can save enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours
- Recycling 1 plastic bottle would save enough energy to light a 60 watt light bulb for 3 hours
- The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes
- It takes just 25 two litre drink bottles to make one adult size fleece (warm jacket)
- Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water!
Recycling is a great way of reducing the amount of waste we throw away. It is also a good way of saving energy as it typically uses less energy to recycle something than it does to make it from new. The commonly recognised recycling symbol shows a triangle, this represents a closed loop. Meaning that in addition to recycling it is also helpful to make intelligent choices when purchasing products. If you can chose recycled products made from recycled materials you will help to close this loop and ensure a demand for recycled materials in the market.