With all the rules about what you can and cannot recycle municipally and continued confusion about the correct way to compost, it can be difficult to stay on track when you're trying to reduce your waste. After all, the idea that one person can help solve huge problems like ocean garbage patches, overstuffed landfills, and polluted natural resources can seem idealistic, even impossible. And it may lead you to ask yourself what difference you can possibly make by reducing and recycling your waste.
My answer? Quite a lot. Making any sort of significant change in the world always starts with individual action. As demonstrated by the first-ever Science March, zero-waste retail and service establishments, and the success of bloggers and lifestyle advisers inspiring people to change the way they consume, there is a movement happening right now toward a less wasteful world—and you have the power to be a part of it.
We are all capable of making an impact. Here are some reasons that recycling makes it one for the better: