Is this the year that you decide to take action to think about how you live on the planet?
When we think about throwing things away , we have to remember there is no away, it remains here on this planet, and some things will still be around long after we have all gone! Meanwhile our world population is growing and the waste output is growing. Now is the time to do something about it, and there are a number of things you can do.
Derby Council have launched a 31 Day Challenge to get you into the habit of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle
http://www.so-derbyshire.co.uk look at this link to see the full challenge.
Chester and Cheshire West Council have also been urging residents to take action for a number of years, but still the amount of plastic and waste that goes to landfill rises.
So is it time to think about not living in a world that will gradually get filled up with waste- walking in the countryside or onto a beach these days and you are very likely to come across dropped plastic, or other waste which will deteriorate and end up in the ground for hundreds of years maybe getting into the food chain?
Things we buy- food, clothes, electronics all have a limited lifetime-but they can be repurposed or reused. Some electronics, like mobile phones, are made from rare elements that could be recycled and reused.
£230 worth of food per person is thrown away, so simple things like making a list before you shop, helps us buy what we need and reduce waste. Simple things like going through your cupboards before you shop to look at eat by dates, so you make sure things are eaten before they go off.
Ask youself-Do you really need those new clothes? – what is in the back of your wardrobe that you haven't worn in a while.
The Derbyshire Challenge ends with the proposal that you try not throwing anything in your black bin for a week, everything should be able to be recycled !
Challenge yourself, challenge your friends!