The Ecology Club at Paint Branch Montessori School in Maryland have been exploring the difference between REUSING, REDUCING and RECYCLING. Here's what we think:
REUSING leads to REDUCING. These two are superior to RECYCLING. Recycling is INFERIOR because it requires an individual to collect, transport, deposit. It requires a recycling company to energize equipment that transforms the substrate to one form and then reprocesses into another. Then the new form returns to the production cycle and gets marketed, packaged, transported, etc.
REUSING the product cuts out all that wasted energy. Use you imagination about how to reuse the cardboard. Ask your kids or your neighbor's kids. Read "Christina Katerina and the Box."
From a technological perspective, WHAT IF your town/city/county/state could throw the cardboard in a machine that directly converted it to electricity that energized the town lights or road signs or better yet parking lots with outlets that charge parked electric vehicles? Ask me about this, SOWINERGY
Written in July 2008