5 Things You Should Stop Throwing Away
Every day, humans discard dozens of items, many of which they do without the slightest concern for wastage. In a consumer-driven era where society has formed habits of buying on impulse and discarding when no longer deemed useful or needed, throwing away things has become a normal part of daily life. Needless to say, such habits are detrimental not only from a financial standpoint but also from an ecological one. Here's five things you should think twice about throwing.
According to Earth 911, the amount of electronic devices end up in landfills each year is just 600,000 tons short of 10 million, and that's only in the United States. The amount of gold, silver, and other raw materials unearthed from the ground just too mass produce electronic devices is staggering. Instead of throwing away your laptop or smartphone just because of a screen glitch or because it isn't the latest version on the market anymore, consider using it until it actually breaks down and then bring it to a recycling center. Some sites even offer to pay for your recyclable devices.
Vegetables, rice, bread, milk, and other diet staples usually end up in the trash bin of millions of households. Common reasons for food wastage include cooking too much food for a group and food exceeding its expiration date. To avoid this, plan your week’s worth of meals in advance and only buy enough supply at the marketplace, especially for food with relatively short shelf life, such as vegetables and fruits. Another great way to curb this habit is to build a compost box.
While plastic bags are usually not recycled because of cost concerns, they can be reused multiple times. Instead of discarding your plastic bag right after grocery items are removed from it, consider using it for your next trip to the grocery store. With many groceries enforcing the policy of not giving away free plastic bags and instead selling it to customers, recycling your plastic bags can result in a decent amount of savings over time.
From file folders to A4 bond paper sheets, paper supplies are considered a cheap commodity, which is why many people aren't ashamed to throw away paper even if it's just mildly blotted. Used paper is versatile enough to be turned into new items, such as wrapper for when you're moving houses, art paper for your school project, or scratch paper for making minor computations.
Jars Made of Glass
Glass jars are also abundant in many cupboards. They encase household favorites, such as peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, etc. While the typical household would be quick to discard it once they empty out the container, glass jars can actually be reused into containers for small plants, school supplies, leftover food, and so on.
Throwing away things always seem like the first logical solution. From a long-term perspective, however, civilization must realize the environmental and financial impact of their habits and, consequently, the solutions they must take to avoid such problems.
Courtesy of Jessica Kane a professional blogger who writes for Econoheat., the world’s #1 leading waste oil heaters manufacturer.