Living Green does not mean you have to become a radical tree hugger (but if you choose to, there is a place for you too). It simply means that you revere nature and the world around you, and want to do whatever you can to protect it for yours and future generations.
Starting this new venture doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be hard. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out simple things you can do to change the way you are living now and incorporate them into a new green lifestyle. One simple and easy place to start is with waste disposal, or more simply put, garbage.
We all throw things away. Statistics can give the data on how much garbage the United States alone generates per year (and that would be in the 100s of millions of tons). The most recent stats on waste generation, disposal, and recycling can be found at the EPA’s waste management site.
But without going into that kind of detail here let’s just say there is, a lot. And just dumping garbage into a big hole and covering it up with dirt does not mean that it’s gone. It takes many years for waste products to decompose. Many of them never do, e.g. glass bottles.
An interesting short list of estimated decomposition times for certain garbage items lists the time it takes for a glass bottle to decompose as 1 million years. This list comprised of a total 21 items was generated by the U.S. National Park Service; Monte Marine Lab, Sarasota FL. It can be viewed at here.
Proper garbage disposal isn’t hard. How can you start living green? Here is a simple, easy to remember way to properly dispose of garbage and start your new living green lifestyle: separate it. Answers.com has provided a great mantra to easily remember how to properly separate your garbage:
“If it's organic, compost it.
If it's metal, re-use it.
If it's glass, paper or plastic, recycle it.
Anything else, dump it in a secure, well-managed landfill . . .”
Let’s all try to keep our beautiful planet alive and healthy. Start now, living green.