As we embrace and practice recycling, we’ve learned there are many reasons to do so and more benefits than we initially even considered. ‘One man’s trash is another man’s sustainability breakthrough’. Such lines are often quoted but less understood in the context of environmental sustainability.
Waste management is no longer just a concept to be theoretically taught in schools. With the changing time and changed way of living, it has become imperative and essential to control the waste generation. It is vital to turn towards methods that can help us manage and direct the waste, especially the non-biodegradable waste. This puts us on a search for more productive uses so we can have a better, cleaner, and more sustainable environment. Reduce, reuse and recycle are commonly used methods that make a difference.
Upcycling is creative reuse, repurposing, and recycling of materials
With rising awareness about the environment and related issues, the concepts and practices of reducing, reusing, recycling, repurposing and upcycling have gained ground as the recent methods of sustainable development. These methods are nothing less than creative re-use of the waste.
The Top Benefits of Reusing and Recycling
Is there a better reason to recycle than to converse and preserve natural resources? It does not only takes care of the moral responsibility of caring for our environment, but there are also other economic benefits to it as well. Here is a look at a few of them.
- Recycling and upcycling saves money.
In America, we produce a lot of waste. Some generations do not recycle anything while others are minimizing waste, reusing, recycling and repurposing everything possible. In countries like Canada, it is more expensive to dispose of waste rather than using recycled materials. So, it is more economical also rather than just being morally judicious to do so. If you look around before throwing something away, you’ll be amazed at how you can repurpose nearly anything! With the internet, do a search on the next item you are considering throwing away and see if it can be upcycled into anything or repurposed. Also, donating items that can be reused by someone else is better than sitting a used piece of furniture at the curb.
- You Save on Fuel
More products and new packaging involve a lot of fuel and energy. Transportation, manufacturing and other processes involve a lot of energy and burn a lot of fossil fuels. But the waste management techniques of recycling, including being able to reuse, reduce and upcycle products requires minimal or no energy and is very much eco-friendly.
- You work towards technological advances
Societal pressures have not only brought environment-friendly technologies which are good for the planet but also create jobs. It is estimated to generate five times more jobs than landfill management.
As a wise man once said, our planet has enough to satisfy everyone’s need but not to satisfy everyone’s greed. Recycling, reusing and upcycling creates a sustainable future out of the limited natural resources of the planet which has limited capacity to handle waste.
As our family works to recycle, reuse, repurpose, upcycle and minimize waste, I am hopeful these are values my children will embrace and practice when they become adults.