What are your consumption patterns and what is the impact on the environment?

What are your consumption patterns and what is the impact on the environment?

The United States’ reaching 300 million people might not seem relevant at a global level. After all, the United States represents just 5 percent of the world population. But it consumes disproportionately larger amounts than any other nation in the world—at least one-quarter of practically every natural resource. In America, people prefer to live in the big house so everyone has their own space. Even though these new houses may be more energy efficient the house in the past, they require a lot of resources to build. On the other hand, In high-growth areas, soaring population and high-maintenance lifestyles are sapping limited water supplies like never before. In response to concerns about the water supply, communities are attempting to scale back on water consumption. For example, in San Jose, people do not allow to wash the cars at home or in San Marcos, Texas, restaurants are prohibited from serving water except upon customer request.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that in 2009 the average American generated 4.34 pounds of garbage per day. In order to protect the environment from household trash, people should classify their trash based on recyclable and non-recyclable items. Recyclable items include PET plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard. Steel cans, glass containers. Non-recyclable items include shredded paper, brightly colored paper, home glass, bottle caps, milk and juice cartons, wet paper, baby diapers, ceramics and pottery,

I would like to share with you instructions how you should sort your recyclables.

Step 1: Separate your trash by type: paper products, plastics, metals, glass and food waste. Deconstruct corrugated boxes so they lay flat

Step 2: Sort through your plastics and remove any plastic grocery bags — these are recycled separately; many grocery stores have recycling bins for this purpose. Remove Styrofoam, bubble wrap and plastic caps from bottles, as these typically are not recyclable. Check the resin codes on plastic containers for non-recyclable plastic types and set them aside for trash disposal.

Step 3: Sift through your glass products, and remove dishes, Pyrex, light bulbs and mirrors. Remove lids from bottles and jars, and place with the metal or plastic recyclables, or trash, as appropriate. Set your glass recyclables aside.

Step 4: Divide your food waste into animal and plant products. Disposal of some animal products in a garbage disposal is possible. Some composting programs do accept animal products, but confirm this before adding them to your yard waste bin.

Step 5: Gather all of the non-recyclable garbage and recyclable garbage and dispose of it in appropriate trash bins.

Compostables bin:paper goods, disposable utensils, beverage cartons, plant-based plastics, all food items

Landfill bin: shredded paper, brightly colored paper, home glass, bottle caps, milk and juice cartons, wet paper, baby diapers, ceramics and pottery and so on

Recycling bin: PET plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard, Steel cans, glass containers, aluminum foil and so on


  • Recycling may seem like a lot of work, but you’ll soon automatically remember what is and what is not recyclable. Placing recycling bins in or near your kitchen allows you to put things in their proper place immediately rather than having to sort through piles of trash.


  • Remove all food residues from containers to avoid attracting insects, rodents and other animals to your recycling bins.

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a favorable influence on the world where we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We should act quick as the quantity of waste we develop is increasing all the time.

I recommend you to read Welcome To Your World is an excellent study of the environment around us – how it affects us, how it shapes our feelings, how it impacts our wellbeing. What I find really fascinating is how the author integrates cognitive and bodily experiences into the book so that we’re not just looking at the environment, but also our own place in space. This brilliant book opened my eyes to the world around me and helped me see my environment in new ways. Sarah Williams Goldhagen’s book makes the case that buildings and urban spaces impact us whether we pay any attention to them or not — and impact us for the worse because we pay so little attention.


Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen

I feel happy to share my experiences with you about Travel - Food - Life around the world. I hope to inspire you to Live-Love- Laugh :)



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