Sukhpreet Singh

Environment Sustainability through Reducing and Reusing

Sukhpreet Singh

English 099 Sec. 14

Environment sustainability has always been a controversial topic. Many people thought to save the environment but in reality they do nothing. What you have to do to conserve the environment? Just adopt two simple habits that are reducing and reusing. These are the most effective ways in every measure.

For reducing the first step would be “Saying No” to plastic bags as well as decorations. This reduces waste and cost. Also, look for products that use less packaging, “when manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw materials. It also reduces waste and money. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumers. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money as well. The less the amount of waste will be the less it needs to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerations” according to EPA.

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires lot of materials and energy as well as the effort and time to extract raw materials from the earth and the cost of transportation is also added. Moreover it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, which ultimately prevents pollution EPA.

According to EPA, Donation is also a good way of reusing as well as reducing. One person’s trash could be another person’s treasure. Instead of rejecting unwanted things, tools or clothes, try to sell or donating them. It will not only reduce waste but also helpful to others. Community centers, many schools and non profit organizations may accept donated items, which includes used books, working electronics and unwanted as well as unneeded furniture. It is a good example of using products to their fullest extent. In addition to that EPA also said in the article that, “maintain and repair products, like cloths, tires and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently”.

Michael Mui also contributed in City Mulls Coffee Cup, Plastic Bag Ban by saying, “whether to ban or apply some deposit fee to plastic bags, coffee cups in city litter bins”. People can bring their own silverware and cup to work, instead of using disposable items. Secondly, buy used stuff. Everything is available from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new. Buying reusable over disposable items might be a good start (3).

IKEA with its “take back” program is doing very well to help sustain the environment for future generations. They are accepting the old furniture from people and offers store credit in exchange. This can reduce the further waste and cutting of trees by just modifying and reusing the old furniture. People must be informed and aware of these kinds of policies.

The crux, using reusable items and reducing the waste as much as possible is must if you want to save the environment. Also reducing and reusing is the most effective way than recycling that needs extra time, effort and cost too. Save natural resources by just changing your attitude towards environment and start to reduce and reuse and protect the environment as well as your money too.


Work Cited


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“Reducing and Reusing Basics” EPA. Mar 24, 2016. Web.