If you are looking to reduce your family's impact on the environment, the simplest thing you can do is to follow the three R's of waste management: reduce, recycle, and reuse. Reducing your waste involves purchasing items with less packaging and avoiding disposable goods. Recycling involves sorting out recyclable materials and making sure they end up in your recycling bin. Reusing involves using items multiple times for the same purpose or for different purposes.
Unfortunately, many schools throughout the country are dependent on the funds they raise throughout the year doing fundraisers to pay for some of the necessities that their students need. This often means that your children, as well as every other child in the school, comes home with order forms during the first week or two of school. If you are tired of purchasing products that have little value or that you are not going to use, suggest that your school engage in recycling as their next fundraiser.
Paper production has a negative impact on the environment. Not only does it cause deforestation, but it causes air pollution due to carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide that are emitted during paper manufacturing. Unfortunately, a 12 foot tall wall from Seattle to NYC can be built every year with the amount of office paper that is thrown away in the United States.
However, paper production from recycled paper causes 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution.