Awareness and Education
According to the EPA, almost 75 % of the trash we generate is recyclable. Yet, in 2013, of the 254 million tons of trash produced by Americans, only about a third was recycled or composted. Landfill space is limited, and the breakdown of compostable materials in landfills is a major source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas. Plastic and polystyrene foam containers leach toxic chemicals that can cause problems for human health.
Here at reTHink, we believe real change can happen to our environment with a few simple steps:
C - Carry your reusable water bottle
H - Hesitate to use styrofoam
A - Avoid using plastic bags
N - No to plastic straws
G - Grab reusable silverware
E - Eliminate K-cups
reTHink has undertaken a major initiative to spread awareness on environmental issues, more specifically the trash and its impact on our environment. Our bicentennial legacy project, "Sustainable Terre Haute; A Collective Dream" started off with "Art from Waste" contest where 88 participants made art from used materials that would otherwise be thrown in the trash.