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Reduce Reuse Recycle is a sustainable way families can get more from the products they purchase. It's also better for the environment.

Conservation & Sustainability

Conservation of the environment is the sustainable use as well as management of natural resources which include wildlife, water, air, and earth deposits. There are renewable and non-renewable natural resources.

Conservation of natural resources generally focuses on the needs & interests of human beings, for instance the biological, economic, cultural and recreational values.

Why Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Is Important

In the past, this consumerism was a one-way street that starts with the harvesting of natural resources. Those natural resources are transported by rail, boat, or truck to a manufacturing facility. The manufacturing facility uses more resources to create the item that we eventually purchase. The manufacturing facility sends the newly made product to a distribution center where it will eventually make its way to your local store for purchase.

So what happens once that product you purchased is no longer usable? The most likely scenario is that the product will make its way to a landfill if thrown in the trash. Do you see the flaw in this approach?

With this approach, natural resources have a one-way path to a landfill if we don’t take intervention.

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Reduce Consumption

This one is simple. It means to use fewer materials to begin with – reduce consumption. The biggest benefit to reducing consumption is that it takes care of problems downstream. You don’t need to recycle what you didn’t purchase.

If you don’t need to make a purchase, then great; but when the time does come to make a purchase, seek out products with more sustainable (and recyclable) materials.

Reuse Products Rather Than Thrown Them Out

Don’t throw something away if it can serve a new purpose in your home. For example, if you have an empty jar of pasta sauce, consider reusing the jar.

Reusing products keeps them from the nation’s waste stream and also reduces the amount of natural resources that need to be harvested to replace the product.

If you don’t have a purpose for a product in your home, see if someone else may benefit. Consider donating those old electronic devices – electronics devices should never be thrown in the trash anyway.

Recycle Anything You Can

Recycling has picked up steam in recent years. Curbside recycling programs have made this a much greater success and kids are learning about recycling at an early age which will help the next generation.

Here are some basic recycling statistics to give you a sense of how big of an impact this has on the environment and the economy:

  • Over 100,000 aluminum cans get recycled every minute in the United States.
  • Recycling 20 cans uses the same energy as making 1 empty can with zero recycled materials.
  • Recycled paper requires 40% less energy to produce than paper with zero recycled materials.
  • Recycling one ton of steel eliminates the need for 2,500 pounds of iron ore.
  • 60,000,000 water bottles are thrown in the trash in the US every day. That’s 20 billion bottles that do not get recycled in the US alone.

When families adopt Reduce Reuse Recycle, they break the one-way road to landfill. Materials are no longer destined for a short trip to a landfill; and can live on in new ways or purposes. Be sure your family adopts a Reduce Reuse Recycle philosophy.

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