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Simple Guide to Recycling and Finding Eco-Friendly Products

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Being environmentally friendly has been more important now than ever. With the increased demand from limited natural resources, many have decided to live a greener lifestyle.

An important part of living a green lifestyle is recycling. Because recycling is crucial for living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, we need to do it consistently, but it does not have to be difficult. Here is how to start recycling:

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Because recycling is crucial for living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, we need to do it consistently, but it does not have to be difficult. Here is how to start recycling:

WHAT CAN YOU RECYCLE AND WHAT NOT?

Which materials can be recycled:

  • Paper
  • Metals: tin, steel, aluminum, etc.
  • Cartons and cardboard
  • Glass
  • Plastic bottles, cups, and containers
  • Some electronics: computers, cell phones, batteries, etc.

Which materials cannot be recycled:

  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Plastic wrap
  • Broken and sharp glass
  • Oils
  • Foam
  • Ceramics
  • Food waste
  • Juice and milk cartons

What to do with non-recyclable material?

The material we cannot recycle becomes waste. What you can do is avoid buying non-recyclable materials and find alternatives for them. If you are feeling creative enough, you can also try to turn your waste into something that can be used again, instead of throwing it away.

How To Do: Simple Recycling

  • Buy recyclable products.
  • Buy products made from previously recycled materials.
  • After using them, divide your recyclable garbage into a few sections: glass, plastic, paper, or more.
  • Find recycling bins in your area for glass, plastic, paper, or more.
  • Throw away your sections of garbage according to the type of material they are made of. Make sure not to bag your trash before recycling it.
  • Reuse non-recyclable plastic bags if possible.
  • If you are not sure if an item is recyclable or not, don’t recycle it, but throw it in the garbage.

Recycling is something easy we can all do. Take these basic small steps to create a cleaner future for yourself and others.

The other important part of living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle is making sure you buy and consume eco-friendly products. A concern of many people is how to easily find green and eco products. Do you need to only shop from green stores? Of course not - so, what can you do?

1. Check Labels and Ingredients

First, there are some green options even in supermarkets, you just need to know where to look. What you need to check are labels and ingredients. Make sure that there are labels with the signs of recycling. For finding a wider variety of fresh food that has traveled less and has caused a smaller carbon footprint, find a local farmer’s market in your area.

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2. Online Shopping Options

You can find so many green products online. Simply click on Amazon and browse for green products and choose a product based on its ratings. But there are a few other websites and online places that you can check out:

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All in all, being environmentally friendly is not too difficult. You only need to do a small research and develop new habits. You have numerous options when it comes to finding products that are eco-friendly, and recycling is also something simple we can all do. So try being a little bit more green each day, and you will notice how easy it is to not go against the environment.

© 2020 Tery Peta

Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 04, 2020:

Tery Peta thank you fro a well-researched hub. This is important to the environment.

Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on June 23, 2020:

Thank you, Umesh. I appreciate your comment.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Very informative and useful.

Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on May 24, 2020:

Thank you, Liza. I hope this has been helpful for you.

Liza from USA on May 24, 2020:

I tried to recycle as much as possible. I think we need to do more to help the environment. Thank you for sharing the great article, Tery.

Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on May 24, 2020:

Thank you for commenting, Eric. I also try to live as environmentally friendly as possible. This is a great reward.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 24, 2020:

Good stuff here. I try to live it. Today I graduate my ten year old as recycle policeman. Let us see :-)

Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on May 24, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Lorna. I highly appreciate it.

Lorna Lamon on May 24, 2020:

Such a timely reminder to ensure that we continue to recycle and also be aware of those items which we can recycle. We can all make a contribution to a greener environment in some way and a carbon footprint for the future. Great article Tery with lots of helpful advice.

Tery Peta (author) from Bulgaria on May 24, 2020:

Thank you for sharing your insight, Liz. I believe there are always exceptions to the rule. It is great to know that you can recycle milk and juice bottles.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 23, 2020:

This is a very relevant and useful article. There seems to be variation in recycling even within different areas of the UK. Where we live, milk and juice cartons can be taken for recycling.