We all have heard the phrase: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” But have you ever really gave it some thought? The progression of this saying is very important. We must first Reduce what we consume and use. To stem the problem we have to simply stop consuming so much. We produce in a single day, the amount that 12 people from Bangladesh do in an entire year! The average person in the US uses 120 gallons of water in a Day.
Reuse. If we absolutely have to consume something, we try to extend its life and make its consumption count. We make smart purchasing decision about how we can address our needs for the future, not just the immediate.
Recycle. If we have had to consume something, then we should try to recycle it. In college I used to get so mad when people would throw a can away in the trash bin at the end of the hall, which was right aside of recycle container. Recycling is not the answer, reduction is, but if we must consume, it is our job to extend that products life and then dispose of it properly. Today’s post talks about how the best consumer is the non-consumer (for the environment, not big corps).
Reprinted EcoHearth July 2009 Tonya Kay
Bless the well-intentioned consumer. The biodegradable soap, the hemp backpack, the energy-efficient light bulbs—the end products of conscientious consumption—are becoming far more popular and make us feel better about ourselves. But how much better are these purchases for the Earth?
The economic collapse has devastated my household, my community and my industry. Perhaps, however, this is just what we need. As I send ‘hang in there’ balloons and sympathy cards like everyone else, wishing the economy a speedy recovery, somewhere deep—in a secret, sadistic place—I hope it’s not over yet.