Sandra wrote to me asking if she could contribute a guest post to the site.
Based in Manchester, Sandra is 27 and has been a concerned environmentalist since as far as she can remember. She tries to purchase items that are made locally, are organic and aren’t tested on animals as well as recycling as much as she can.
Sandra has a strong passion to inspire others in doing good for the world while saving money at the same time! In her post today, Sandra tells us what she thinks will happen if we don’t recycle. She runs her own site called “hooked on recycling“.
Wondering where’s the harm if we don’t recycle? Eventually, we will run out. Run out of what? I was hoping you would ask that question.
We will eventually run out of natural resources. Look at these aerial photos of forests from twenty years ago and you should see plenty of growth in the wrong direction. We are losing our forests. The problem is that, while products we make with natural resources can, for the most part compost and become part of the natural cycle again, it is taking much longer than we are taking to use it up. We are operating at a net loss.
We are also going to run out space to hide all our trash. Ever notice how cities make sure that their trash is dumped outside their city limits? They don’t want to see it anymore than you do. Trash dumps smell bad, can be dangerous for children, and might be toxic. We can make Mount Trashmores all we want but I’m still wondering how safe is that thing? Considering what people throw out, I’m not sure I’d want to walk around on top of it. What about living on top of it?
Products made with limited natural resources will eventually cost more. Imagine being in the movie “Waterworld” and wanting a smoke. It will be that bad. Okay, you don’t have to want to smoke to be in that movie and still cry.
We’ll have more pollution. We need to be careful about how we recycle to make sure we don’t use wasteful practices to recycle. It stands to reason that if we have a product closer to what we want (i.e. used paper, glass, or plastic), that it should take less energy and pollution to clean up for reuse.
If you don’t recycle, you won’t notice how much you’re saving from the trash dump and how much you are throwing away everyday. This helps you build an awareness of trash in general and what you’re throwing out. Just noticing packaging helps you to be a more informed consumer. You might decide to buy or advocate for products with less packaging. You may decide to buy products that are eco-packaged to cut down on waste.
We are going to destroy more habitats that in turn can affect wildlife. Maybe you will not miss a particular bird or moth but think of the big picture. What trend are we following? One that protects more and more animals on earth or one where we are continuing to use up every thing in our path?
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