Between your K Cups and plastic bags, the trash combined from both could circle the earth close to 20 times yearly… And where does all that trash go? In places like this
The numbers get scary in regards to calculating our trash production yearly. We consume too much, use too little, and place the trash in the wrong bins because we just don’t know, and frankly don’t care. But maybe we would care a little more if these landfills were in our front yard or if the gas emissions coming off of them were visible. What we cant see we ignore and trash is just another one of those things.
The initiative we have in placing compost and recyclables into the designated trash bins is less than half the total amount of landfill picked up every day. But more than half the landfill trash is recyclable, just not placed in the right bin. What the landfill produces is lots of toxic gas and waste that just gets pilled into the earth till the sight has reached it’s capacity. Once that has happened, the landfill gets dumped elsewhere.
So what does your trash look like? Is it separated by number of recycled plastic and your biodegradable and compostable food is placed in a compost bin for your garden? Or does everything you trash go into one big trash bin and thrown out in a bigger trash bin? This is the problem.
Knowledge of your trash, and also taking the extra step in separating your trash, could make such a difference on the earth. There are many things that you consume and trash that may even have an after life for you such as coffee grounds, scrap wood and cardboard, and the remains from the lawn being cut, that can be used around the house or given to the right people.
If reading the ingredients or where something was made is a regular occurrence for you before buying something, then add what materials it is made out of to that list. There are many brands and items you can buy that are easily recyclable and reusable. Used coffee grounds can be used in your pants soil, biodegradable materials can be left in the garden and will seem to disappear into the ground, and plastic can be separated by numbers one through seven and taken to your local recycle center. Here is a list of brands that take the initiative:
There are more companies not included in the list. But what our main focus should be is reducing the amount of total trash in landfills by adding more to our recycle bin and educating ourselves on the companies we buy from and their take back policies.
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+ How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? – The Atlantic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/03/the-abominable-k-cup-coffee-pod-environment-problem/386501/
+ LUSH. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.lushusa.com/null/5-pot-program,en_US,pg.html
+ Manufacturer Takeback Programs in the U.S. – Electronics TakeBack Coalition. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.electronicstakeback.com/how-to-recycle-electronics/manufacturer-takeback-programs/
+ Recycling – Apple. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.apple.com/recycling/
+ Worn Wear: Better Than New – Patagonia.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.patagonia.com/us/worn-wear