The less we waste the more we have. This is not rocket surgery.
The illustrious Bill Nye really hammers some great points home in this short video about recycling on Business Insider. He's not the only one who can teach us some things about how important it is for us to take recycling seriously. In this slideshow, we've collected a bunch of quotes from various sources that make convincing arguments about making a difference to take better care of our environment.
There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.
In a nutshell, Annie Leonard reminds us that everything we dispose of has to end up in one place or another. As individuals we must make sure that we're making the right choices whenever we throw something out.
The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.
This quote inspires us to take action. Hoping that someone else will handle it is denial; everyone must play their part in keeping our planet healthy in any small way we can.
All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.
Taken from a classic play, these words ring true as we should be conscious of our impact on the world's oceans and waterways.
What we are living with is the result of human choices and it can be changed by making better, wiser choices.
As humans, we have the power and consciousness to save the planet. It's in our hands to promote sustainability in everything we do.
Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours.
It's a candid and humorous quote, but an eye-opener to just how much of a difference the smallest actions can make in an effort to make the world a better place.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Most people don't think about the impact of not recycling on our future - instead, they decide to focus on only the past and the present.
If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling.
This is a simple notion that should make us look at recycling behaviors more closely. There are many layers to the recycling process, and it's not enough to just fill your own recycling bin as time goes on.
Even if through simple living and rigorous recycling you stopped your own average Americans annual one ton of garbage production, your per capita share of the industrial waste produced in the US is still almost twenty-six tons. That's thirty-seven times as much waste as you were able to save by eliminating a full 100 percent of your personal waste. Industrialism itself is what has to stop.
Recycling isn't just a personal issue - excessive waste is an industrial issue as well. Voters must hold governments and corporations accountable for the waste they create.
It doesn't take long to realize you've made the wrong decision. You bump along with your eco-fueled ego in your eco-fueled vehicle and reuse every piece of plastic and glass you encounter, but it isn't enough.
It's easy to forget that making a handful of conscious decisions isn't the only way you can make a difference.
We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them.
The easiest option isn't always the smartest. Just a little more effort on everyone's part can easily make a world of difference.
The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.
Younger generations are a lot more in-tune with the notion of being eco-friendly, and it's not necessarily a bad thing. We're all working together for the same goals, even if the youth of our world is pushing a little harder.
If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it.
Another great example of how young people are trying to make a difference. We all need to be reminded of how easy it is to make a difference to make our lifestyles "greener".
The purpose - where I start - is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it's reuse.
We seldom remember the very purpose of recycling, which ultimately has so many benefits. It's not just about the notion of recycling, but making better use of all our resources.
It's going to take a lot of community organizing. But this is the way of the future if we're going to save our earth.
Sure, it may be a lot of work to get everyone on board, but we're all working toward a greater good!
I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.
Inarguably a fountain of wisdom, Mother Teresa isn't the only one who knows the importance of being smart with our resources. If you're about to throw something away, take a moment to see if it can be used again or re-purposed.
Some makeup companies have really good recycling policies, and it's worth finding out whether your favourites are among them. With MAC, for instance, you can take any of your old makeup containers into its shops, and the sweetest deal is that, once you've racked up six containers, you get a free lipstick or lip gloss.
There are so many incentives to recycling any kind of product. When a company takes this sort of initiative to promote sustainability, it's a win for the whole planet.
Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
Nature is beautiful, and if we want to keep it that way we must all pitch in.
We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.
Another reminder that recycling sometimes isn't enough by itself. There are an infinite number of things we use daily that can be used again, if not processed properly by a recycling effort.
Years ago, we all talked about recycling and not dumping things down your drain and all of that, but talking doesn't help much. Basically, it's going to have to be legislation because the impact is so huge and diversified.
As individuals, we're not the only ones who need to be accountable for being eco-friendly. We have to put pressure on our governments to do the right things too.
It started as a selfish act and has turned into a way of life. I can't stand to watch someone throw anything away that belongs in my green bin.
It might take a while, but eventually recycling becomes a way of life. After a while. it just becomes second nature.
'Solid Wastes' are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.
The former president's choice words about our wasteful habits might sting a little, but are absolutely true and honest.
Pollution, defilement, squalor are words that never would have been created had man lived conformably to Nature. Birds, insects, bears die as cleanly and are disposed of as beautifully as flies.
Described by some as "THE original naturalist", John Muir's opinions and thoughts on recycling and conservation will always be relevant.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
This simple rhyme perfectly sums up how important it is to reuse and recycle.
The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
Humans from all walks of life share the environment, and it's all of our duties to make the most of it.
While recycling is great in a lot of ways, the ultimate goal is to get people to prevent waste in the first place.
Another great reminder that recycling is just the first step in living an environmentally-conscious lifestyle.
We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own.
This is a great way to look at how we live our lives. Can we afford to mortgage the future of generations to come by not doing right by our planet?
Increasing recycling in Delaware is an idea whose time has come and, if put off, may not come again.
Not just in Delaware, but around the world it's important that we don't let the opportunity to make a difference pass us by.
The paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. Such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.
A big-picture view of our world is important. It's everyone's goal to figure out how to most efficiently use, reuse, and renew all resources so as to best support life.
If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.
It may be extremely ambitious, but we can make the best use of anything that can be brought back into a production cycle.
Societies only have waste products while acquiring fresh raw material remains a cheaper option than recycling
This is a great point about our collective cultures and how being cost-effective can undermine the options that are truly best for the world.
Recycling paper, plastic, glass, batteries, and other reusable items can have tremendous effects on the land we live on, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It also helps reduce waste, conserve our natural resources, generate well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries, and lessen the amount of harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.
Part of his proclamation when creating America Recycles Day, the POTUS is one of many important figures helping shape a sustainable future for our planet.
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to be dispersed because we've been ignorant of their value.
If we harvested and recycled all our resources, we could severely reduce the negative impact of pollution.
We can help educate our families and communities about the importance of recycling for our environment, and how each of us can make a difference for a better world by recycling.
Recycling and other eco-friendly initiatives start with education. The more you know, the more you can do to make our world a better place.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
All of these quotes should serve as a great reminder that we're all accountable for making a difference. Whether it's recycling, volunteering your time or promoting sustainability at home and work, there are countless ways to make sure we're taking better care of our planet.