Urbanecology.co.uk was started on the same basis of all other sites of the same name and whilst we are not associated with each other we each have similar goals i.e. a sustainable planet.
For a short period of my life I worked in a section of what is generally considered part of the vehicle recycling industry otherwise known as vehicle dis-mantling. It was something I had never done before and part of that job meant understanding what was involved in the recycling process, I learned a lot then (and I am still learning now) but suffice to say the levels of waste in the UK and the USA are absolutely appalling, despite a thriving recycling trade worldwide.
At this point I should state I am not here to “save the planet”, even if all life on earth dies, the planet will still be here, so saving it is a non-issue. Saving the life on the planet however is different and ensuring the quality of that life is why the words ‘eco’ and ‘green’ are so popular now.
I don’t have a degree, I do however have a brain and free will, I also like to be as honest as possible which essentially kills any prospect of me being a politician :).
My belief is, if a politician agrees with the scientific community in the press, then we are not hearing the complete truth and the need to dig a little deeper is a wise course of action.
What does an ecologist do? Ecologists study the relationships between plants, animals, and their environments. They also teach others to understand and appreciate the natural world we live in and depend on.
“Urban ecology” to me is showing other alternative methods for “waste” items, to quote the idiom “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure”
What is recycling anyway? Don’t assume you know the answer to this, I though I did but as it turned out I was only partially right.
“Recycling is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served its purpose. If these used products are disposed of in an appropriate, environmentally friendly way, the process of recycling has been set in motion.”
However recycling is only one part of the equation, the other three are “Reduce”, “Reclaim” and “Reuse”. I personally didn’t associate these within the recycling domain but they are equally if not more important and can save you the consumer a lot of money, which is what this site is all about.
Reduce is a reduction of use on non-sustainable products, a prime example of this would be paper and while I am not so naive as to believe in the paperless office in the remainder of my life span, it is a very worthy goal. Metals, specifically those used in the car manufacturing industry are also another prime example which I will cover in another section of these pages.
Reclaiming means deriving value that would otherwise go to waste from an item that has reached the end of its useful life.
Reusing means finding a second life for a product or using it repeatedly without necessarily transforming its appearance or properties. Repairing an item, using used goods or finding other uses for an item are various examples of reuse. A good example of this is vehicle parts, buying second hand could save you 80% over buying a brand new item and the new item in its production will have consumed even more non sustainable resources.
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