There are many way to embrace an eco – friendly lifestyle. Recycling remains a cornerstone of the “green “mindset. With the increasing world population, the problem with the waste disposal becomes more severe. Furthermore, recycling is vital for the sustainable living and preserving the planet’s resources. In order to fully incorporate this practice, people need to know not only the benefits, but also the ways in which they can support the initiative.
Recycling vs. Raw Materials
One of the mains benefits of recycling is that it reduces the need for raw materials. Mining, logging and quarrying as well as the processing of goods produce an enormous amount of pollution. Even the electricity required to fulfil those tasks have a great impact. In the process of getting raw materials, the natural habitats are destroyed, resulting in the death of the local wildlife.
Recycling on the other hand requires less energy. Opponents of the idea argue that transportation of the recycling materials also adds up to the pollution. This is true, but it is nothing compared to the emissions produced for transferring the raw materials. In most of the cases recycling uses less energy, thus have less influence on the environment. For example, the bags made from reused material, rather than polyethylene decreased the energy consumption by two – thirds.
Some of the materials cannot degrade for hundreds of years. They will continue to pollute the Earth even when we are no longer here. They will not only flood our planet, but will also poison the soil. Cleaning the ground from these toxic ingredients will become almost impossible.