How’s your purchase pattern?
Do you purchase
based on impulsive or
based on what you need or
based on what you want?
All the items which we purchased, the ingredients are from mother of earth, some might be able to replenish and some might not.
There is “end of life” for all items.
Have you ever think whether you can recycle it or not?
Where is the end destiny of all items? Landfill?
Is it going to pollute our environment?
How can we reduce the negative impact to environment?
I got the below data from Tzu Chi, if we don’t recycle the below items, the number of years to decompose.
Newspaper — 1 to 3 years
Cotton — 1 to 5 years
Leather — 50 years
Wood & bamboo — 200 years
Disposable diapers — 500 years
Aluminium cans — 500 years
Glass bottles — 1000 years
Polyfoam — Forever
Plastic — Forever
It’s sad to see that some of us never segregate our rubbish based on categories for recycling.
We might take it for granted, we might say “Nothing will happen even I don’t support.”, “I am so busy, no time.”, “Why should I spent the precious time to do all this?”
Imagine if the 7 billion people in world think alike, our earth will be finished soon and also all beings in this planet.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction
By Dalai Lama XIV
Before making your next purchase, it is good to think about how the proposed item will be used and its long-term effects on our environment.
Before purchasing, you should ask yourself:
Is it your need or your want?
Can it be repeatedly used?
Can it be recycled easily?
Always remember 5R: REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR & RECYCLE.