Recycling is not only a modern ‘activity’, it is a common practice for most of human history; During periods when resources were scarce, archaeological studies of ancient waste dumps show less household waste (such as ash, broken tools and pottery).Not being able to gain and process raw materials it is obvious, they had less products and less waste than we do have nowadays, but the products and waste they had, no doubt they used to use them wiser and more economical than we do it in 21 century (sadly).
It is estimated, that 60% of what we throw away can be used again.
It is possible, that people who haven’t start to recycle yet, are not aware about the benefits of recycling; there are some of them here below:
- Helps reducing the consumption of more natural resources
- Saves energy as using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than it is required for producing new products from raw materials
- Protects environment reducing the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging) refining and processing raw materials of all that creates air and water pollution.
Let’s have a look also on some interesting facts about the recycling:
- 1 recycled tin could save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours
- 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
- 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours. 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.
Recycling at home is really easy and simple, involve your family members and protect environment every day, so at the end of the single day you can be sure you have done something useful for the Earth.