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Recycling for a Greener Tomorrow Today

Recycling is an easy and effective way that everyone, from families with kids to single professionals and the elderly, can contribute to the health of the environment. While it may seem like a small thing, recycling can have a huge impact on the amount of slow-to-degrade or non-biodegradable items that enter landfills, leach toxins into the soil, and even get into the water. Excess waste can harm wildlife and can even release gases and odors into the atmosphere.

To instill green habits in children, parents should begin teaching their kids about what can and cannot be recycled starting at an early age. Children should be taught to save items such as glass and plastic, which can be recycled and turned into new products or packaging. This reduces the energy consumption that would come from creating new glass or plastic items in addition to keeping those items out of the garbage and landfills. Kids should also be taught that most things can be reused or repurposed. A fun way to do this is through arts and crafts that give new life to old objects.

Reused or repurposed items can play a large part in anyone's home environment. In making home improvements, for example, one may use scrap wood for projects, search for and install antique doorknobs, or buy recycled rubber mulch. Fully or partially recycled versions of most things, from writing paper to furniture, are available for purchase. For a green home, one should make every effort to buy goods that are made from recycled items. People should also recycle or reuse water when possible. Gray water, which is water used around the house for purposes such as boiling eggs, can be used to water plants instead of being poured down the drain. Even the water used to wash dishes may be used in this manner if eco-friendly detergent is used. With a little effort and creativity, anyone can contribute to making the future greener.