“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything ‘away’ it must go somewhere.”
Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA
The 18th March saw the world highlight Global Recycling Day, a day which aims ask people across the planet to think about what we throw away, and to tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue. Waste is not simply waste – it represents a huge amount of opportunity to help us protect the use of our finite natural resources.
Our 7 Primary Resources:
Water, Air, Oil, Natural gas,
Coal, Minerals and Waste
Of the earth’s primary resources, we usually consider six to be the most important – water, air, oil, natural gas, coal and minerals. All our food, all our sustenance, all our belongings ultimately come from these six elements, representing the foundation of our existence. Today, humanity can’t survive without them.
However, not all of these resources are used to their full potential. Throughout recent history we’ve carelessly been using the earth’s natural resources without thinking about what will replace them, and billions of tons of waste are filling up our landfills each year.
But there is a solution: recycle more and view waste as our seventh resource.