I Can Recycle That?
Why Be Green at a Festival?
OK, so for that matter, why be green anywhere? Don’t want to preach here, just want to highlight a few pertinent points. There are many topics that we could mention (and we will), but for now let’s just stick with recycling.
And let’s start with landfills. We have to put all of our garbage somewhere, right? But because no one seems to want a landfill as a neighbor, (I know I don’t), we are quickly running out of landfill real estate. Sure we could ship it to some vast wasteland somewhere, but that opens up another tin can of worms.
Now, let’s think about what is in a landfill. A whole bunch of eco-friendly products, right? NOT! So, that said, the rain then creates runoff and the runoff of these potentially harmful products end up in our streams, rivers and lakes.
OK, let’s move on to air pollution.
First, new production creates toxins that are released into the air. The more that we recycle, the less need for new production, and may I mention the positive implications for our landfills. Secondly, some materials release a significant amount of CO2 during new production, adding to global warming. In addition, recycling saves trees which are needed to clean up our air. Thirdly, it makes us much more energy-efficient. It takes far less energy to recycle products than to make new ones. This holds true for plastic, paper, and steel products among many others. Lastly, for the economically-minded, recycling creates jobs and all types of entrepreneurial opportunities.
Are you starting to get the picture? Recycling creates one big, beneficial cycle.
Contributing Writer, MyBestFest