Sunday, July 28, 2013

Retirement and Recycling: See Why These Two Go Hand in Hand with a Great Future

No one can escape retirement and the good part is that no one wants to. We have to take some time to enjoy peaceful days, to explore new things, to adapt and perhaps prepare a more calm, relaxed mentality and to apply a different angle on the way we see the world. Actually, the people who retire are the ones who are truly blessed: you get to spend more time with the people who matter, you get to watch over your grandchildren, you have tons of offers and resorts to select from and you finally have the time to do it all. 

Retirement should not be scary at all. Of course, it is a major change in our lives, but it also a change that is much needed. It is the time to either develop a small business that does not require too much energy or the time to write books, read stories, live through the eyes of the family’s youngsters. Some might think retirement is taking a step back, but I think retirement is a step forward. We, as human beings, have the capacity to embrace change and to adapt. Even more than that, we have the ability to recreate our surroundings so that we enjoy it and feel at ease in our environment. Creativity never leaves the human mind alone, as we strive to create a comfortable present and a better future. 

Recycling Bin
Recycling Bin (Photo credit: Canton Public Library (MI))
So what does this have to do with recycling? The answer is the future, of course. Sure, we “live the moment” and are anchored in our present like a key is in a locker. But what we all do, in a conscious or subconscious way, is to look and to walk towards the future. The key we talked about, well, it can open or close a locker. Humans can also open or close the future through their actions. Ignorance can easily lock away all the possibilities, while implication can unlock new opportunities and a new world. Recycling is that part that can unlock the future: not only for us, but for our family members, for our children and for our friends and neighbors. It is a way of giving back to the community or the group that has been supporting you for all those years. 

The EPA.gov website explains in several reports why recycling is needed and how recycling donations can be made in the USA. The first things we can recycle are of course electronics such as laptops, PCs, cellphones and Printers. These are the things we use the most and the one which deteriorate fast or downgrade. The Tech industry itself promotes the idea of getting rid of the old and embracing the new. And while we are tempted to get the latest notebooks and gadgets, what should we do with the old ones? 

Another answer: Recycle. Probably a reason to why many businesses were born: out of the need for a greener feature, a place where people can bring their old stuff and receive financial compensation and a place where people can actually buy cheaper recycled material. Here is an example: cartridgeexpress.net is one of those companies that recycles and buys material that can be recycled and reused. They operate in the PC&Electronics recycling industry, focusing on printers, ink cartridges and other components. People can both give up for recycling or buy recycled products and lower prices, with the same quality. 

All these actions lead to a better future: more workplaces, more businesses, a greener environment, a green retirement, a better tomorrow for our loved ones. So there you have it: a worldwide action towards greener living, greener products and a greener future for us all. 

Interesting Recycling Facts 

Did you know that if you recycle approx. 1,000,000 notebooks, you can save the energy equivalent to the average electricity usage by more than 3,500 homes every year? And that for every 1 million Smartphones and cell phones we recycle, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered?


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