How The Process Of Recycling Helps Us To Protect Our Environment

Recycling pertains to the process used to turn waste materials and by-products into new, usable forms. When it comes to keeping our environment clean and green, recycling is one of the pillars – reducing pollution in our surroundings while helping us maintain a healthy environment in the process. Moreover, recycling also helps reduce conventional waste disposal and minimizes greenhouse emissions, which is a source of environmental concern.

The Lifestyle Benefits Of Recycling: Looking at numerous accounts and experiences of others (including my own), we can come to the conclusion that taking up recycling leads to various lifestyle benefits. It helps communities conserve energy, generate income, and have a greater awareness regarding the environment. Nowadays, a large number of factories release contaminants and pollutants to the air and water. These harmful substances can endanger numerous marine life along with the birds and animals.

If we recycle all those waste products such as paper, glass, plastic, metals, textile and electronics including biodegradable waste like food and garden waste, industrial and manufacturing facilities won’t have to spend as much resources and energy to create the products and supplies they deliver. This translates to reduced amount of pollutants and contaminants released to the environment.

The Environmental Benefits Of Recycling: Not only does recycling help enhance the lives of numerous families and communities, it also keeps Mother Nature happy and healthy. To start, let’s take a look at landfills, which is one of the most common facilities we use for disposing waste.

For those of you who aren’t aware, there’s a lot of talk surrounding landfills and their negative impact to the environment. While these waste disposal facilities follow strict standards, hazardous toxins and chemicals still find their way to the environment – endanger animals and even human lives. Moreover, landfills emit detrimental gasses including carbon monoxide and dioxide into the atmosphere, which is another source of concern. Through recycling however, the need for landfills and garbage centers (which serve as home to harmful chemical, disease-carrying microorganisms, etc.) is minimized by a huge margin.

Another added perk of recycling is that it helps us conserve limited resources such as gold, bauxite, precious metals, along with cellphones, computers, and other modern-day gadgets. By creating new products and supplies out of them, the amount of energy, time, and money necessary for finding such precious resources and manufacturing these gadgets is significantly slashed down. And we’re not even talking about the countless financial and economical benefits of recycling:

  • It helps reduce the price of raw materials
  • It helps strengthen manufacturing infrastructure
  • It creates jobs for the unemployed
  • And the list goes on and on

There’s no doubt about it, recycling is an art – one that affords great opportunities to people to take the proper steps to re-utilize raw materials and turn them into finished products. It saves us money; conserves our resources; and keeps our environment safe and healthy. With the seemingly endless benefits it brings, everyone should recycle to some degree. If you’re not recycling yet, you definitely should!

Various Ways That We Can Use The Process Of Recycling

Leading a good and healthy lifestyle becomes easier if we adopt the process of recycling in proper ways. Recycling refers to the re-utilization of used products and waste. Many of the household items and stuff we use everyday can be re-used with minimal effort. Let’s take a close look at some of them.

Consider The Packaging: When you buy food like meat, grains, or cereals, consider buying them in bulk. As much as possible, avoid products individual packages. By doing so, you reduce the amount of paper and cardboard you throw away. Also, when you’re comparing different manufacturers of similar products, stick to those that use less packaging.

Use Reusable Shopping Bags: Instead of collecting bags each time you shop, invest in a bunch of reusable bags. Not only will you help save the environment and reduce the resources needed for manufacturing new bags, reusable shopping bags also hold larger volumes and heavier loads than traditional plastic / shopping bags.

Cloth Napkins Instead Of Paper Napkins: If you’re still using disposable paper for your everyday needs, replace them with inexpensive cotton napkins that can be used over and over again. While they cost more initially, it is quickly offset since the need to purchase disposable napkins is taken out of the equation.

Check Your Bathroom: Your bathroom for recyclable waste, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find a lot of them. From shampoo boxes, tissue boxes, to toilet paper tubes, these items commonly found in bathrooms shouldn’t be thrown away as waste.

From Food Scraps To Fertilizer: Instead of throwing away your food scraps, get a worm farm instead. You can feed all of your food scraps to the hungry worms, which can consume and recycle about a kilogram of food scraps everyday. In no time, you’ll have nutritious worm castings that you can then feed to your plants and veggies as fertilizer. Also, you can store excess food scraps in a used ice cream container and keep it in the fridge for the next day.

Plant Trees With Milk Cartons: If you have a couple of milk cartons at home, you can open up their bottom and plant a tree seedling in it. The carton will serve as shelter – protecting your seedlings from harmful elements, weathers, and pests. Moreover, when it’s planted, the carton will degrade as the tree grows.

Bring Out The Art Enthusiasts In You With Roll-On Bottles: Empty roll-on deodorant bottles can be recycled into paint pens. All you have to do is wash the plastic ball and bottle; fill it with paint; put the ball and lid back; and you’re good to go. Just keep them in an upside down position when storing while keeping the lid tight.

Lipstick Scraps Plus Lip Balm Equals Lip Gloss: Instead of throwing the remains of your old lipstick, melt them instead and mix them with a pot of lip balm. This makes for a great lip gloss…and you get to save money too in the process.

How Recycling Helps Us To Build A Strong Economy

Recycling is beneficial for our environment. There’s no doubt about that. Matter of fact, the general population has taken various initiatives to make our environment clean and green through the process of recycling.


A lot of people have made great effort and progress in re-utilizing plastic, oil, paper, batteries , metals and cellphones. The process is instrumental in protecting our environment from the hazardous waste that we produce…and at the same time, it helps save our economy as you will see.




Economic And Financial Advantages Of Recycle


Let’s start with a very simple example. I’m sure you drink sodas in can and water in bottles. Instead of throwing them away, you can earn rebates and save money by returning them to the shop. Now that’s just one, simple example so keep reading!


Here’s another example: Plastic is actually more harmful than other products for environment as it does not mix with the raw materials. For that reason, if we control the usage of plastic such as plastic glasses, plastic, and polythines, we can have better control over our waste and minimize the pollution released to air and water. Moreover, most plastic products can be turned into containers for just about anything. Instead of shelling out extra cash to buy containers to keep your stuff organized, recycle your plastic waste instead!


Let’s look at something that’s a bit on the larger scale. You see, recycling also minimizes the need for landfill disposal. By doing so, we conserve energy (which costs a lot by the way) and resources that’s needed to maintain waste disposal facilities like landfills and garbage centers. Also, we conserve the energy and money needed for finding raw materials and manufacturing products that we use everyday.


Last but not the least in our list of recycling’s economic advantages: it helps us create jobs for the unemployed. Just like any process or initiative, recycling requires knowledgeable people for it to succeed. It creates job opportunities for people who’re unemployed but are passionate about saving the environment and conserving the limited resources we have.


It Also Helps Us Build A Stronger Community


In communities where recycling is a part of everyday life, we can see people working hand-in-hand. In these communities, it’s very comforting and satisfying to see how the people work as one  in removing waste and in converting them into raw materials for further use. They work as team and get rewarded for their wonderful job. Not only does it bring people closer, the team spirit that recycling creates can also have a positive impact in other community initiatives.



Summing Things Up


Recycle is beneficial to us; the society we live in; and the environment. It helps us to create everyday supplies and products…minus the contaminants and pollutants. And let’s not forget about the numerous financial and economical benefits brought by recycling: It creates jobs for people; conserves energy and money; and helps us build a tighter community. Yes, recycling is a process that we should include in our daily routine.