In a world where we need to be more considerate about our carbon footprint I have noticed a trend in green thinking. Not so long ago the only thing chic about being green was owning vintage clothing, a house full of antiques, and shopping at the farmer’s market. Now there are so many ways to make earth friendly choices everyday. Many buy reusable grocery bags, plant gardens, shop places they can walk, or trade their gas guzzlers for two tires and a special lane in city life. It’s no secret that we need to think consider our impact on the environment so I suggest finding inspiration and alternative uses for your waste.
Ultimately the future is in our hands. What we buy is what will be made in the future. Some suggest to buy less; not a bad idea if you want to save some cash. Prevention is key in many problems and should be a standard in the green movement. Some say buy only that which will last; you get what you pay for so rather than buy that junky plastic travel mug that will leak all over buy the nice one and buy it once. And, there is the recycling effort that only works for you if you work for it. I suggest that we consider all the options. Consider what can be reused and where it will go when it’s trashed. If it’s got some life still in it donate it to your neighborhood thrift store. Another man’s junk it not always a treasure but dealing with it creatively will be a treasured talent that can be passed down one generation at a time.
Hope that you are inspired.
Current United States Recycling Statistics
- Overall data from 2005 concluded that recycling trends were positively increased from 2003 (the last time statistics were figured).
- Recycling and composting rates recovered 32.1 percent of MSW or 79 million tons. But this figure, you will recall, does not include hazardous, industrial, and construction waste. 32.1 percent is higher than before but still way too low.
- Approximately 8,550 curbside recycling programs existed throughout the United States, a lower figure than the 8,875 programs that existed in 2003.
- Composting programs, meaning that people recycle leaves and grass, and other organic items such as food, jumped from 3,227 in 2003 up to 3,470. For more details about how you can compost, read Building a Compost Bin.
- Container and packaging recycling increased to 40 percent.
- 62 percent of yard waste was composted, which is a good percentage.
- 50 percent of all paper products were recycled — or about 42 million tons.
- From 1990 to 2005, the amount of MSW going to U.S. landfills has decreased by 9 million tons and continues to decrease each year. However, U.S. goals should and do continue to address the fact that these figures can be improved.
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