Do you ever feel like you want to be “eco” but have no idea where to start? Do you think it’s expensive and all your good intentions go away before even starting? Have a look at my little story about how it all began for a lassie from North East Scotland and how it has continued since then…
Every day, the average person in the U.S. throws about 4.9 pounds of municipal solid waste (MSW). Of the 294.4 million tons of MSW collected in 2018, only 32.1% were composited and recycled. About 17.7 million tons of food waste were managed in other ways, but 50% of the waste (146 million tons) ended up spread across the over 2600 MSW landfill plants in the country.
Did you know that waste production is increasing at an alarming rate globally, and that threatens livelihoods? Imagine that an average person in Israel generates approximately 1.7 kilograms of waste per day. Worse still, waste production in the country is growing at 1.8% per year. Other nations are also struggling with this issue. In the United States, each person generates about 2 kg of municipal solid waste each day.
Since most of these wastes hurt the life of humans, animals, and plants and are costly to manage, the above figures clearly show that we may face many risks if we fail to act in time. Many items that often go into the landfill can be recycled at home, which shows that households have a vital role in managing waste. Read on why we need to give new life to our old items and the common ones that you can conveniently recycle at home without spending a lot of time and resources.
In my previous article, we talked about which first steps should be taken for a less-trashed environment when it comes to food. The importance of planning your grocery shopping and when doing so to try & go as plastic-free as you can. Sincerely hoping those steps were understandable and easy to follow. Wouldn’t want to make a scramble out of your brain, right?
Humans have been active species for thousands of years and their rate of activity has increased in recent times due to industrialization, overpopulation, and technological advancements. Despite humankind’s success, the planet has suffered drastically from our progression which has created negative repercussions for the earth to endure.