The Little Things Count: Minor Acts Help Our Environment

By Destiny Mizell


Think of all of the spare change you have around you. It is in your car, in your couch cushions, in your pants pockets and even in the driveway. Because of this, you decide to start collecting your change in a jar. The jar is fairly bare at first. After a while of saving, it all pays off when you have $20 in change.

Now, apply this concept to saving our planet. Pollution is all around us, and Global Warming is taking place in our atmosphere. You do not have to be a millionaire to be able to help out our planet. There are numerous small (and inexpensive) acts you can do to contribute to our environment. Just like pennies, the little things add up!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce. An easy and agreeable way to reduce gas is shopping online.

Reuse. Be thrifty! Thrifting is a trendy way to get cheap aesthetically-pleasing clothes that you will not see anyone else with.

Recycle. Keep a recycling bin and recycle paper, plastics and glass.

BYOB: Bring your Own B

Bring your own bags, bottles and boxes when you commute in everyday life activities.

Here in Tennessee, there is a litter problem. Every day, plastic bags, fast food cups and the like are thrown out (or fly) from vehicle windows.

“At this very moment, there are 100 million pieces of litter on Tennessee’s state roadways and it costs $15 million of Tennessee taxpayer money to clean it up every year.” the litter prevention campaign, Nobody Trashes Tennessee, informs.

Bags. A wonderful way to stop plastic bag pollution is using your own bags when you go grocery shopping. At grocery stores, like Publix, Kroger, Walmart and Aldi, patrons can often be found having their groceries bagged in reusable bags. Reusable grocery bags come with many benefits. For example, these bags are inexpensive, available to the public, and can be bought from practically anywhere. Compared to plastic bags, they are far more durable. These bags also limit the amount of trips one has to make from the car to the house because they can hold a lot more items than a plastic bag can. If you are a more crafty person, you can buy plain bags and paint or knit them to your liking!

Bottles. Bringing your own bottle and reusing it can seriously cut down pollution. Plus, reusable bottles are very trendy nowadays. Brands, such as Yeti, Hydroflask and Igloo are some of the more popular brands. What makes reusable bottles so great is that they save people from using plastic bottles and fast food cups, which are not biodegradable.

Boxes. When giving someone a gift, you almost always need a box or a gift bag to put it in. Why spend money on a box or a new gift bag when you can reuse the ones you already have? If you are an online shopper, save the boxes you get your packages in for this reason. As for gift bags, save them rather than throwing them out. This way, you can save money and also save paper and resources.

By one person taking these small, inexpensive measures, it can be incredibly helpful to the community in the long run.

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