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10 Great Ways For Kids To Recycle

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Now that more and more people understand that they need to take steps to protect Planet Earth, they’re realizing that their children need to learn how to recycle and conserve. Helping out the environment is easier than you think, and you’re never too young to get started! Celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) by trying out these easy recycling tips.

Recycling is like any good habit: The more you do it, the easier it gets!

10) Don’t Dispose Of Disposable Bags

Every time your family goes shopping, you end up with plastic bags as well as the stuff you purchased. Don’t toss those bags when you get home! Use those old bags to store items around the house or use them for bagging up smaller loads of garbage.

9) Switch To Rechargeable Batteries

We all love our electronics, but those wonderful gadgets can have a harmful effect on our environment in a lot of ways. Make your battery-powered devices eco-friendlier by using rechargeable ones instead of disposables. Batteries are stuffed with toxic ingredients, and they have to be recycled carefully to prevent environmental damage. Rechargeable batteries will cut way down on the number of batteries you get rid of.

8) Think Of Earth When You Buy

Take the time to pay closer attention to the materials products are made of. Try to buy items that are made with recycled material whenever you can. You’ll find these products in a huge range of different categories — everything from clothes to school supplies!

7) Turn Your School Green

You might think that the only place you can help with recycling is at home, but that’s not true! Check around your school to see if there are recycling litter bins in place. If there aren’t any available, ask your teacher about getting some. You may even be able to make your own recycling bins for your school; this is a great group project for your class.

6) Eco-Friendly Electronics Revisited

As mentioned above, we all use a lot of handy devices these days. Our tablets and phones aren’t made to last forever, though. You’ll end up getting rid of a lot of electronics in the coming years. Make sure you recycle your old equipment when you replace it! A lot of sellers will accept phones and other electronics for recycling when you buy new ones. Otherwise, hit the Internet and look up electronics recycling depots. There’s probably one close to you!

5) Recycling Cloth Goods

When you need to get rid of old clothes, bedsheets, towels, and other fabric items, give them a new lease on life by donating them to a charity. If your stuff is too worn out to hand off to someone else, it can still be of use! Talk to your local animal shelter; they can use these items for cleaning materials and bedding.

4) Learn To Compose

Composting is a great way to turn food waste — things like egg shells, vegetable scraps, and coffee grounds — into fertile soil for gardening. Ask your parents to help you start a compost pile.

3) Start Crafting

Arts and crafts aren’t just fun ways to express yourself and make things. They’re also a great way to reuse materials that might otherwise head into the trash. If you have newspapers, jars, cans, plastic tubs, and other craft-worthy materials, use them yourself or see if someone at your school can use them.

2) From Soda To Seedlings

Get more life out of jars and plastic soda bottles by using them to plant herbs and flowers. 2-liter soda bottles are great for this if you cut them in half.

1) Keep Practicing!

The best way to build healthy habits is to practice them regularly. Figure out the recycling chores that always need doing around your house — sorting newspapers and packaging, for example — and make a habit of doing them every day.

 

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Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage

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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism

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When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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