17 August 2010

The Garbage Afterlife

Recently, a news story broke about a bear cub in Florida that was walking around with a jar on its head after raiding a trash can. Check out the story by clicking here.

The good news is that wildlife biologists have removed the jar. However, the story raises issues about our relationship with nature and our use and disposal of resources. When a piece of trash or recycling leaves our lives, it still has a life of its own, and whether it is recycled, goes to a landfill, or ends up in the ocean or on the ground, that "after" life impacts our world.

Eliminating all waste is difficult, but emphasizing the reduce and reuse principles can help. Recycling is great, but the other two Rs are even better.

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