Gurminder Singh


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Gurminder Singh

Prof. Julie Karey

English 099

05April 2016

What is the environment? How we can maintain a good environment? The environment is our surrounding in which we live. Today, everyone is using things such as natural resources and plastic material very carelessly. No one cares what would happen in the future. No one is thinking ahead for our future generation that will have to live with our consequences. I think the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) can help save the environment, if not, at least keep it clean and healthy.

Reducing the use of plastic bags and other polluting sources can save the environment. According to Michael Mui in her article “City Mulls Coffee Cup, Plastic Bag Ban”, city council   says “Weather to ban plastic bags or reduce them. Plastics bags are flying all through the air; they are caught in birds’ gullets.”  This shows that it is not okay for us to throw whatever we would like, just here and there. We as humans need to think twice before we litter and pollute. Another way to help the environment stay clean is for Columbia College students to make more of an effort to be friendly to the environment (such as; you can clean your surroundings and also can use less plastic bags or other things that pollute and harm our environment.) A cleaner surrounding for everyone will result in a healthier planet. Moreover, Bistulfi Gaia in his article “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle lab waste” says that “a substantial portion of plastic lab supplies, including pipette-tip boxes, can be reused after washing and sterilizing”(170). So students and teachers should start using the reusable material and reduce the use of new plastic material.

The things which are not easy to reduce can be reused or recycled. An article in Metro news Ikea Eyes Canadian Furniture Recycling” talks about the reselling and recycling of furniture. According to me you have no need to throw your furniture in the garbage; you can sell your old furniture for store credits or donate to the needy people. This can save money and also a lot of trees. Furthermore, Boeding Kristian in his article “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Replant” says that “On average, each person in united states uses the equivalent of six 12-inch diameter trees per year in paper and wood products”(11). Every Columbia College student should plant at least 2-3 plants per month which can keep the environment green and can help reduce breathing problems and health issues.

To conclude, I would like to emphasize that 3R’s can have a great role in saving the environment. The only thing is that everyone just needs to put in some effort. We as humans need to try to save the environment. It may be easily done, simple changes in our everyday routines such as making sure we are throwing garbage in proper garbage bins, using less plastic bags, using recyclable products and also making sure to recycle them the correct way, reselling our unwanted furniture and other things, and planting more and more trees. It is important that we guide our attention towards saving our environments and planet soon before it is too late, otherwise our generation and especially the future generation will be the ones suffering.





Gaia, Bistulfi ‘Sustainability: Reduce Reuse and Recycle Lab Waste’ Nature 10/10/2013, Vol.502 Issue 7470, p170, p170-p107 1p.1 Illustration

‘Ikea Eyes Canadian Furniture Recycling’ – Metro News 18, 2016 (print)

Kristen, Boeding ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle and Replant’, Natural Life Jul/Aug2004 Issue 98, p11-11 p.1

Mui, Micheal ‘City Mulls Coffee Cup, Plastic Bag Ban’, News3 4, 2016 (print)