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1Remember - “you and I can decide the future” E-Weekly-4/30Green Earth MovementAn E-Newsletter for the cause of Environment, Peace, Harmony and JusticeRemember - “you and I can decide the future”G E MTHREER’s
2Waste, and howwe choose tohandle it, affectsour world'senvironment—that's YOURenvironment.The environment is everything aroundyou including the air, water, land,plants, and man-made things.
3And since by now you probably know that you need a healthy environment for your own health and happiness, you can understand why effective waste management is so important to YOU and everyone else. The waste we create has to be carefully controlled to be sure that it does not harm your environment and your health.
4Waste is anything we throw away or get rid of, that doesn’t get used. What exactly is "waste?"Waste is anything we throw away or get rid of, that doesn’t get used.
5How can you help?You can help by learningabout and practicing thethree R's of wastemanagement: Reduce,reuse, and recycle!Practicing all three of theseactivities every day is not only important for a healthy environment, but it can also be fun too. So let's take a minute right now to learn more about waste and waste management, so you can become a key player in making our world a safe and healthy place.
61] ReduceReduction: to make something smaller or use less, resulting in a smaller amount of waste. "Source reduction" is reducing waste before you purchase it, or by purchasing products that are not wasteful in their packaging or use.A key part of waste "reduction" is "conservation"—using natural resources wisely, and using less than usual in order to avoid waste.You can practice reduction by selecting products that do not have to be added to landfills or the waste stream in general. This is really easy to do... Few examples of reducing waste are below:
7Buy products inbulk. Larger,economy-sizeproducts orones inconcentratedform use lesspackaging and usually cost less per ounce.
8Avoid over-packaged goods, especially ones packed with several materials such as foil, paper, and plastic. They are difficult to recycle, plus you pay more for the package.
9Avoid disposable goods, such as paper plates, cups, napkins, razors, and lighters. Throwaways contribute to the problem, and cost more because they must be replaced again and again.
10Buy durable goods - ones that are well-built or that carry good warranties. They will last longer, save money in the long run and save landfill space.
11At work:Make two-sided copies when ever possible.Maintain central files rather than using several files for individuals.Use electronic mail or main bulletin board.Remove your name from the mailing lists of materials you no longer want to receive
12Start a garden.Food that yougrow yourself doesnot have to be"processed“ or"packaged", and no fossil fuels are needed to get it to the store and then to your house.
13Start a compost or vermiculture bin to transform your household garbage (food wastes, coffee grounds, etc.), into a rich earth-like material that can be added to a garden to help plants grow. Grass, leaves, paper, and some othertypes of food can naturallydecay and turn into compost,and that compost can thenbe put to good use in yourgarden. Replace lawns withmulched gardens that arejust as pretty, but are better for our environment.
14Start making wise"package" selections.Why is it important toconsider how something ispackaged when youconsider what to buy? Youcan reduce waste byselecting products that are not wasteful in their packaging. Flashy and fun packaging costs more, usually adds little or no value to the product, and (worst of all!) can do considerable harm to our environment by creating more waste or waste disposal difficulties. Keep the following package-related tips in mind no matter what you are buying:
15►Whenever you have a choice, buy items in the recyclable packages to reduce packaging waste. ►Avoid single-serve containers. You can buy juice or water in large recyclable bottles or cans and then divide it up in reusable, washable containers as you need it at home or to take with you.►Before you buy bottled water, first find out if you really even need bottled water. City water (and clean well water) is usually just as healthy, much cheaper, and may even be safer than bottled water products.►Refuse store bags! When you buy one or two items at a store, carry them out in your hands; or take a reusable bag with you to carry the items you buy.►Think BIG! Buying in "bulk" gives you the best "product to package" ratio.► Buy concentrates rather than diluted products—the result is less waste for disposal when it is empty.
162] REUSEIt takes economic and environmental sense to reuse products. Some times it takes creativity.You can "reuse" materials in their original form instead of throwing them away, or pass those materials on to others who could use them too!Remember
17Take along washable cups or travel mugs instead of disposables; a lot of restaurants and stores will be glad to fill or refill your own mug.
18When you do use disposables like plastic cups, plates, utensils, and plastic food storage bags, don't throwthem away!Wash and reuse them—mostof them will last for a long timewith many uses. They may not cost much to replace, but it doesn't make any more sense to throw away those things than it does to throw away your bicycle after one use.
19Bicycles or other durable goods like washers, dryers, etc Bicycles or other durable goods like washers, dryers, etc., why not repair them rather than replace them when they break? This is another form of "reuse." New is not always better, nor it is always necessary. You'll be helping your environment, but your pocketbook will thank you too!
20When you do decide to replace something large and "reusable," be sure to donate the old one to charitable outlets, and the many others that are probably in your area. Most of the time the item can be repaired bythose groups, andthen redistributedinto other homesrather thanlandfills.
21Use cloth gift bags and stop ripping the paper off gifts!If you remove the wrappingpaper carefully, you can useit again, and there's nothingwrong with doing just that!And don't forget to usecanvas or cloth bags when shopping so you don't need to make the choice between "paper or plastic.“
22Use washable tablenapkins instead ofpaper napkins—clothnapkins are usuallymuch larger and moreabsorbent than paperproducts, and they can dress up your dinner table too!
23New baby?Buy washable/reusable cotton diapers. They arejust as convenientand may even becheaper than disposable diapers.
243] RECYCLERecycle—don’t just toss everything in the trash. Lots of things (like cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard) can be remade into either the same kind of thing or new products. Making new items from recycled ones also takes less energy and fewer resources than making products from brand new materials.
25What can be recycled?Just about anything in yourHome (or office or school, etc.)That cannot be reused can berecycled into something else.You'd be amazed what can bedone with a recycled product!A recycled soda bottle, can be made into T-shirts, combs, or hundreds of other plastic goods that can be used for many years. Even your brand new computer case might be made from ordinary recycled plastics. And paper products can take on different forms as well; an old phone book or coloring book might become one of your school books or a notebook.
26Here is a list of things you may be able to recycle Aluminum cans CardboardElectronic equipmentGlass (particularly bottles and jars)MagazinesMetalNewspaperPaperPlastic BagsPlastic BottlesSteel CansWriting/Copy PaperYard Waste (leaves, grass)Etc. etc.
27What can you do?Buy products made fromrecycled material. Look forthe recycling symbol or askstore managers or salesmen.The recycling symbol meansone of two things - either the product is made of recycled material, or the item can be recycled. For instance, many plastic containers have a recycling symbol with a numbered code the identifies what type of plastic resin it is made from. However, just because the container has this code does not mean it can be easily recycled locally.
28Consider purchasingrecycled materialsat work whenpurchasingmaterial forOffice supply,Office equipmentOr manufacturing.
29Buy productsMade frommaterial thatis collected forrecyclingin your community.Use recycled paper for letterhead, copier paper and newsletters.
30TO CONCLUDE WITH A INSPIRING QUOTE: "Just as we cannot blame others for destroying the environment, so we cannot look to others to protect the environment. Responsibility for both begins at home.”
31This educational PowerPoint Presentation (editable) is prepared by GEM Team (courtesy: internet).For other similar GEM PowerPoint Presentations on various environmental issues see next slide.These PPTs may be downloaded from our websiteOr visit GEM FACEBOOK
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