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Have you ever gotten sick of your teachers and students talking about how to help the earth by reducing trash? Well the truth is, we are never going to decrease our trash and the amount of trash is only going to increase. What we can do is reduce the rate of the trash increasing and be able to lessen the use of pollution as well. For instance, we have paper. Sometimes we have homework that you may have already been over and finished with no other use. However, the other side ofz the homework sheet is blank, which lets you use it for other purposes, such as scratch paper, drawing, or any other writing purposes. After you finish using the paper, there are still some uses for it! For instance, you can fold the paper into many layers, which could prove useful as a coaster for some cups for cold drinks. Sometimes, people watch movies or play video games at home with something to drink on the side of the computer, but it may be able to damage your computer because of the moisture coming out of your drink, which you can avoid by using paper as coasters. Another example would be to buy one water bottle instead of buying a bunch of plastic bottles. Although recycling is good for the environment, it takes up a lot of strength, which could cost a lot of pollution. One metal re-useable water bottle could save a lot of money and a lot of manpower. Even if you do buy plastic bottled drinks instead, you can recycle them at a nearby recycling center, in which you can exchange a plastic or aluminum bottles for money. Another example of reducing the process of trash increasing is instead of buying single bags, such as for chips or candy, you could buy only one giant bag, which could reduce the amount of plastic being used. The same can be used for juice and other drinks. Also, if you have clothes that you can't wear anymore, instead of throwing your clothes away, you could donate it to a nearby clothes drop box. When grocery shopping, you can use re-useable bags instead of plastic bags. This is for the eco media challenge for Mr. Wiener's class.

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Written by Paul Zhao, Design&Tech, Period 3