Recycling makes you feel good knowing you are doing your part to keep that bottle, can, or plastic out of the landfill. What happens to the recycled material is going to make you feel even better!
Recycling is the action of closing the loop. When fossil fuels are refined, the results are gasoline, diesel, and then a byproduct. The byproduct is then made into plastic numbers 1-7. So there is zero waste from refining oil – a great closed loop system. When you decide to recycle that plastic you also close the loop. Here’s how! The waste hauler sells the plastics to a manufacturer who then manufactures it into a new plastic bottle to be reused again. It takes less energy and water to melt an existing bottle than to create one from the byproduct of oil. Thus you help reduce energy consumption to make a product. Another reason to feel good is because food grade plastic mostly stay within the USA, so your small action creates a ripple effect of creating and maintaining jobs in the waste business, transportation, and remanufacturing! So each time you recycle a plastic with numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, you are supporting a thriving economy!
Your action is now a complete closed loop. The recycling symbol actually was designed to reflect the actions of closing the loop by using the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. You reduce the materials that need to be used to create new products, reuse by remanufacturing it, and consumers keep recycling because plastics can be remanufactured over and over again.
What does a sustainable lifestyle look like? Is anyone out there perfect? Sometimes I lie awake at night pondering the question: “What is sustainable enough?” I think of the Amish people actually. The Amish work together as a community. They make their own clothes, raise and grow their own food, help raise the community’s children, etc. Then I nervously think about all the skills I do not have. I do not know how to sew, grow food, or feed myself without shopping at the grocery store. Can there be a balance between high-tech and high-speed lifestyles and the ability to meet my own needs? I answer that question each day with keen awareness of my daily actions and consider my positive and negative impacts on the environment, on other people, and my own bank account. There are millions of people making a positive difference each day. My goal is to strive to do my part, because each one of us makes a difference even with the smallest actions. Is it sustainable enough? My answer is that life is a journey and a quest to give back all the blessings I have received. It’s a very good start.
Live healthier, wealthier, and happier by knowing your values. America is a country of pioneers and entrepreneurs where dreams do come true. Do you think we should create more jobs in America? One action you can take is to purchase products that are made in America, or locally to invest in a vibrant community. How we spend our money is a choice. Each one of us has the power to make those choices – cheap is not always the answer and oftentimes does not satisfy our values. Each one of us drives the future of our country with the choices we make. You create jobs by buying local. That’s something you can value and be very proud of everyday.
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