How Recycling Impacts More Than Your Household Rubbish

Global warming is a huge topic at the moment and the biggest known cause of it is waste. The waste from machinery like cars and buses, as well as factory waste contribute to the troubles we have with global warming today. Being able to do something about global warming is a privilege and it can often feel like nothing you do can truly make a difference. You’re wrong.

Saving our trees with household recycling efforts

Making a difference. It starts with you. Let’s protect our beautiful Earth! Image by Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

In your home, you probably have two or three different waste bins. One would be for wet waste; such as food leftovers and wet tissues. One would be for plastic containers and bags and the last one would be for recyclable materials. It can be a pain, sometimes, to separate things that you perhaps once lobbed into just one bin without thinking about it, but recycling is doing so much more than just organizing your household rubbish.

As a species, humans go through so much waste that the landfills are overflowing, meaning we are forcing a loss of biodiversity by moving into other habitats and destroying surrounding nature. Recycling at home is just one place you can make a difference, so never think that how your household rubbish is handled would mean nothing. These are the following ways that household paper recycling can help the planet:

Paper, trees, and the environment

Using recycled paper is one way to help the planet. Photo by Jonathan Joseph Bondhus (own work), via Wikimedia Commons.

Paper is one of the world’s biggest energy consumers. It actually takes less energy to produce recycled paper than it does regular paper, and reducing the consumption of energy reduces the gas emissions that affect the ozone layer. Wherever you can, use recycled paper and food that has packaging which is recyclable. These small changes in your life can make such a difference to the world around you, which is exactly what so many try to achieve. Continue reading

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5 Ways You Can Fight a Chronic Disease

Being diagnosed with any kind of chronic illness isn’t pleasant. No matter what kind of symptoms you’re dealing with, a chronic disease is certainly a life changer. However, there are some things you can do to make sure you make life as easy as possible for yourself. Here are some ways you can put a fight against your chronic disease.

Research is part of your fight against chronic disease

This woman researches online about a chronic disease. CC BY 2.0, Flickr.

Research

When you’re diagnosed with a new condition, it’s likely that you’ll want to know all about it. Your doctor will probably give you some information, but most people don’t take in as much as they’d like to after a diagnosis. When you have the time, do some research online. You’ll be able to find out about other people’s experiences, what treatments are likely to work for you and you can even look at innovative studies for new treatments, like gene editing technologies and life-saving therapeutics. In fact, you can get started at Poseida today. The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be for you to determine how to manage it.

Take the Reigns

Your doctor isn’t solely responsible for your health. When it comes to managing chronic conditions, you need to take most of the responsibility. For example, a diabetic that binges on sugar when they’re aware that they shouldn’t, isn’t doing anything to improve their health. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medicines that can help your condition, but the majority of the time, they aren’t allowed to make other suggestions. You could try keeping a food diary and write down details of how you feel after eating certain foods. It will help you to narrow down the foods that are good and bad for you.

Giving up smoking is a recommended lifestyle change

Smoking can worsen a chronic illness, along with other bad habits. CC BY-ND 2.0, Flickr.

Lifestyle Changes

One of the biggest struggles that people with chronic conditions face is changing habits of a lifetime. Many chronic diseases are worsened by bad habits, like smoking, drinking, poor diet or lack of exercise. It isn’t easy to make changes but when it comes to your health, it’s worth it. If your doctor recommends giving up smoking or eating less fatty foods and including more exercise, you won’t be helping yourself if you ignore the advice.

A Burden Shared is a Burden Halved

It’s important to tell your family and friends of what you’re going through and how it makes you feel. If no-one knows that you’re struggling, they won’t know that you need help. The stress of dealing with a chronic condition alone can impact your chances of dealing with it well. Having someone to take over every day chores when you find it difficult to muster the strength will be a big help.

Don’t Let It Get You Down

People with chronic conditions are at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety. If you feel that your disease is severely affecting your mood, it’s important you seek help. Treatment could be anything, from simply adjusting your medication to counselling sessions. The more you’re able to talk about your condition, the more people can do to help you through it.