Saving the planet, what can we do?

 

 

 

 

Global warming

We hear so much about global warming. Some people think it’s nothing.

I think this is an emergency to do something to help the planet.

There are so many changes in our climate. Temperature, storms!

We see what’s going on. More Hurricane then ever. Storm surge. Snowstorm in October.

We need to be aware of the situation and be proactive.

What’s the meaning of Global Warming?

Global warming is the long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. It is a major aspect of current climate change and has been demonstrated by direct temperature measurements and by measurements of various effects of the warming.

The term commonly refers to the mainly human-caused increase in global surface temperatures and its projected continuation.

In this context, the terms global warming and climate change are often used interchangeably, but climate change includes both global warming and its effects, such as changes in precipitation and impacts that differ by region.

There were prehistoric periods of global warming, but observed changes since the mid-20th century have been much greater than those seen in previous records covering decades to thousands of years.

Can we save the planet?

What can we do to save the planet?

  • Recycling our waste
  • Recycling our clothing
  • Food waste
  • Organic crop
  • Chemical-free environment

We are having problems disposing of our GARBAGE.

We need to start using biodegradable containers, bags. Stop using plastic. They fill up our landfill and they take forever to decompose

A plastic laundry basket might be durable enough for years of careful use, while a cheaply made toy might break the day it’s brought home. Either way, the plastics themselves are made to last. Plastics can take between 100 and 400 years to break down – remaining as garbage long after the original product has stopped being useful.

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.

It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling).

Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” waste hierarchy.

Thus, recycling aims at environmental sustainability by substituting raw material inputs into and redirecting waste outputs out of the economic system.

Recycling Options Change Depending on Where You Live

Depending on where you live and what service provider you have, your recycling options will vary. Some service providers allow you to put all your recycling (except glass and plastic bags) into one bin. Most communities will have drop off locations specifically for plastic bags, while others may support local food waste recycling which can be turned into sustainable gardening soil. Check to see if your city has a food waste program like this one in Seattle: Food Waste in Your Yard Scraps Bin

Mobius Loop

Mobius (1790-1868) was a German mathematician and astronomer who discovered the mathematical equation known as the Mobius Transformation. It is symbolized by a continuous loop with one surface and one edge, formed by twisting one end and attaching it to the other. Today, the Mobius Strip (or Loop) has become a universally recognized symbol of the process of transforming waste materials into useful resources. In its various forms, the Mobius Loop indicates products that can be recycled as well as those that are made with recycled materials.

The following chart shows the identification symbols on plastic packaging commonly found in households and the new products that can result from recycling them.

CODE

PET/PETE

PACKAGING:

Soft drink, water, sports drinks, beer, mouthwash, some ketchup and salad dressing bottles, peanut butter, pickles, jellies, and jams.

CAN BE RECYCLED INTO:

Fibre, tote bags, clothing, food and beverage containers, carpet, strapping, fleece wear, luggage.

HDPE

PACKAGING:

Milk, water, juice, cosmetics, shampoo, dish, laundry and detergent bottles, yogurt and margarine tubs, cereal box liners, grocery, trash and retail bags.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Liquid laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner and motor oil bottles; pipe, buckets, crates, flower pots, garden edging, recycling bins, benches, dog houses, plastic lumber, floor tiles, picnic tables, fencing.

v

PACKAGING:

Clear food and nonfood packaging, medical tubing, wire and cable insulation, construction products such as pipes, fittings, siding, floor tiles, carpet backing and window frames.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Packaging, loose-leaf binders, decking, panelling, gutters, mud flaps, floor tiles and mats, resilient flooring, cassette trays, electrical boxes, cables, traffic cones, garden hose, mobile home skirting.

LDPE

PACKAGING:

Dry cleaning, bread and frozen food bags, squeezable bottles.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Shipping envelopes, garbage cans and liners, floor tile, furniture, compost bins, panelling, landscape timber, lumber.

PP

PACKAGING:

Some ketchup bottles, yogurt and margarine containers, medicine bottles.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Car battery cases, signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, ice scrapers, oil funnels, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays.

PS

PACKAGING:

Compact disc jackets, grocery store meat trays, egg cartons, aspirin bottles, cups, plates and cutlery.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Thermometers, light switch plates, thermal insulation, egg cartons, vents, desk trays, rulers, license plate frames, foam packing, foam plates, cups, utensils.

OTHER

PACKAGING:

Three and five-gallon reusable water bottles, some citrus juice and ketchup bottles.

CAN BE RECYCLE INTO:

Bottles, plastic lumber applications.

Recycling old clothing, what do we do with our old stuff?

When it’s time to clean your closet and get rid of them out if stile clothing or simply because they don’t fit anymore, think about who could enjoy them.

We have now a lot of options to dispose of our clothes.

Clothing swap or Consignment store.  Great-condition clothing and accessories are excellent candidates for clothing swaps or consignment stores.

Thrifty Store, Charitable associations will take all the bags you want to donate.

You can find a recycling depot for all the ones that are in bad condition that you wouldn’t give away.

Let’s do it together

If each of us do their part by taking the time to recycle our waste, we will make the planet better. That will help the landfill, climate change.

Please share our ideas for recycling, reusing products.

To your health!

8 thoughts on “Saving the planet, what can we do?

  1. Aly

    As a whole, our societies definitely produce too much waste. It’s helpful to have the codes on types of plastics and recyclables, but even those are confusing for most people… for instance, even if you are fortunate enough to have access to curbside recycling, not everything with a recycling logo can be processed at the closest recycling center (it will depend on what the local center recycles). The current recycling programs are better than nothing, but still more should be done to eliminate all the waste.

    1. Maryse

      I totally agree with you, each area has their own process.  We are in the right direction to make it better.  For example, in my are they have changed the making of the groceries bags, in most places they are now composting and recyclable.  That’s a huge improvement.

  2. DreaJay

    We are living in a planet that I liable to going into existence by some factors, it’s always kind of surprising to me though because I know not much about science and the details of it, but I know it’s possible to do our part and make mother Earth live on. This is a very sensitizing article, it’ll teach people how to take care of their waste and also to make them know about recycling. Please, are those codes all the recycling code that we have? I’ve not read about these codes before, it’s really nice to learn a new thing. Thanks.

    1. Maryse

      I am happy to educate people in something important for me.  Yes those codes are recycling codes to help categorize the packaging once at the recycling depot.  It also help us recognize an item that we can recycle.  Not sure if there is more that just that.  There are the main ones you will find on the packaging.

  3. Pentrental

    Fighting global warming is definitely a worth pursuit, and you’ve provided some pretty solid ways in which to do so. When we stop and think about the amount of garbage we throw out it is pretty mind-boggling, so doing things like recycling waste and clothing and taking care of food waste properly is ever-important. These recycling codes are really helpful. It all starts with something as simple as reading a product container. I’ll definitely share your post with some friends and I’m looking forward to reading more, well done!

    1. Maryse

      Thanks allot for you support.  All together we can make a difference.  All the best.

  4. Michael

    Very nicely done, glad to see somebody caring about our earth and what we can do for our part in taking care of it we need more people like you. I congratulate you on a job well done, your site hits home on how to better ourselves thus improving our planet, Everything is laid out nicely, Images are crisp and clean and the text is readable and easy on the eyes. The menu’s are great, going to try some. Good Job and the Best of Luck.

    1. Maryse

      Thank you so much Michael.  It helps to carry on my work.  I am glad you like it.  To your health!

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