As parents, we always want what is best for our children and their future. Part of that is ensuring that they have a future on this planet – and at the rate we are going… it is not looking good.
We try and teach our children valuable lessons that will mould them into well-rounded adults and one of the most important lessons we can teach them is responsibility and compassion. Going green as a family not only teaches both these important lessons through leading by example, but also has so many incredible benefits for your health and the environment. During the month of July, I am taking up The Glass Company’s challenge to recycle glass.
As a family, we have already opted to replace the use of plastic with the use of glass where possible.This is already a big step towards leading a more environmentally conscious life – but we need to do more. The amount of energy needed to melt recycled glass is considerably less than that needed to melt raw materials to make new bottles and jars. Recycling one bottle can save enough energy to power a television set for one and a half hours.
Recycling should be an important part of our daily lives in order to make a lasting impact on the environment.
TIPS ON HOW TO RECYCLE GLASS:
- Separating your household waste has a significant and positive impact on the environment. It is as easy as using a plastic bin for non-recyclable household waste, and a durable plastic bag for plastics, glass, cans, paper etc.
- Make recycling as convenient as possible by using existing containers, rather than buying or building new ones to separate your recyclables.
- Encourage those around you to do the same – wouldn’t they feel guilty throwing away glass bottles and jars that can be so easily separated and then recycled?
- Glass containers, bottles and jars, such as those used for food and beverages can be recycled.
- Glass that cannot be recycled with packaging glass: Windscreen glass, window pane glass, mirrors, light bulbs, drinking glasses and tumblers, Pyrex or laboratory glass. These items cannot be recycled with your regular glass recycling as this glass has different properties to packaging glass.
- Find a glass bank on The Glass Recycling Company website: www.tgrc.co.za
Will you join me on this challenge?
In collaboration with the Glass Recycling Company