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ATC Supports a green lifestyle

Posted on Wednesday, 02nd Jul 2014

Every time you switch on a light, drive your car, run a bath or put out your rubbish you’re making a decision that affects the environment. Natural resources – water, coal, oil, land, fresh air – will run out if we use them at a faster rate than they can replenish themselves. There are many indications that this is already happening. Households have a significant cumulative impact. To make sure that there are enough resources to go around – enough for current and future generations – we need to manage our resources well, using what we have efficiently and fairly. Many of us are aware that we should be doing this, but are often unsure about what to do and how to do it.

Waste is only waste if it has no further purpose. Once we can see the value in discarded products, we will understand that it makes sense to reduce the waste created, reuse as many products as possible, and recycle products such as paper, glass, plastic and metal. Food scraps and garden waste are biodegradable and should be used for compost or a worm farm to ensure that the nutrients are ploughed back into the system. It is important to have a system in place that supports recycling and composting. Allocate space at home so that you can separate your waste at source. That makes it easier to recycle.

When waste is not properly managed, it causes pollution, which is defined as any substance that cannot be used, absorbed or managed by the natural environment, and is harmful to living organisms. For example, 1 ? of used oil can contaminate 1 000 000 ? of water. Toxic chemicals poured into a natural water system cannot be broken down by that system, and will damage all organisms it contains. Birds and animals are often exposed to pollution, such as plastic bags or oil, which then causes their death or distress.

How can we reduce waste and break this vicious cycle of life?

The first and most important step is to reduce the amount of waste that you create, or avoid creating the waste in the first place. Here are some practical tips:

  • Avoid buying over-packaged products, such as plastic-wrapped vegetables in polystyrene trays. It is best to buy at a farmer’s market and take your own bags.
  • Buy only what you need and consider buying in bulk, refills or concentrates, as these generally require less packaging.
  • Buy products that are made from recycled materials, such as kitchen towels and shampoo bottles with recycled plastic content.
  • Choose durable items rather than products that will soon need to be replaced. Avoid using disposable products, such as disposable razors, cameras or paper plates.
  • Buy local products – they do not travel as far, and therefore require less packaging and are fresher. Their ‘food miles’ are also lower, so they cause less pollution through transport.

Let us all support a greener earth, and with small changes to what we do, make a BIG collaborative difference by reducing our carbon footprint.

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