It is common thought that paperless is better for the environment, and that it is better if we do things, like pay bills, online. But there are hidden costs on the environment when we use the Internet. A new study has found that paperless is not always better. In certain cases, such as if the electricity the powers your computer is created a coal powered power plants, it might be better to use paper. It would be an even bigger case for paper if the paper were made mostly of recycled fibers. If maybe not using paper at all isn’t the best idea, that is when we come back to the old standby of recycling.
Recycling is one of the best things we can do with the issue of paper and plastic waste. It is true that recycling has its issues; it takes energy and natural resources to recycle. But there is a reason that each generation keeps recycling the idea of recycling; recycling does helps the environment.
No one technique is going to be the silver bullet to our issues of waste. We need to reduce our consumption, reuse our products, and recycle the rest. We must constantly weigh our options to make sure we are doing as much as we can to help the environment.