Sustainable Living and what you, your family and school can do to reduce waste and our Carbon Footprint
Well where do we start,
I think first we need to understand what Sustainable Living is.
"Sustainable living involves living as lightly on the Earth as possible. Someone who succeeds at living a sustainable lifestyle will use very few resources and will leave the environment as untouched as possible so that future generations will be able to enjoy the same high quality of life that people do today."
What is Waste?
"Waste is any product that has no further use or value for the person or organisation that owns it and which will be discarded."
Waste can come in many forms we can have industrial, clothing and food waste to name a few.
So why is waste so much of a problem?
Basically we live in a throw away society where when we don't want something, its out of fashion or doesn't work anymore we just throw it away. This then causes so many more problems as the amount of waste that we are getting rid of potentially will have negative effects on the environment and our health.
This is a problem for everyone, you , me , our school and our local community.
You might ask "But what can I do?"
Well we know the age old message reduce, reuse and recycle. This is something that we can implement at home, school and in the local community. A great starting point for everyone.
But, What can I do at home to reduce the amount of clothing waste going to landfill?
Well, first it might be a good idea to have a look at what you have in the wardrobe and sort out the clothing into categories :
What can my family do ?
Well it might be a good idea to have a family discussion about waste and the effects that waste has on the environment. From here you could work out your family could play their part. Here are a few suggestions
What can we do at School ?
At our school Gwynneville we have strategies already in place to help reduce clothing waste
If we can all do our little part to limit the amount of waste going to landfill were also helping to reduce our Carbon Footprint.
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