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Recycle Design: by Nitia Tasnim


In our daily lifestyle, many wastages are produced from the stuffs which we use for our necessity or comfort or luxury. On the other way, it is also our concern how to save our environment from pollution due to these wastages. As the nature is our home, it is our duty to make it remain fresh and healthy. Thus, we can make any kind of product with these recycled materials, as long as they’re recyclable.

As the time passes, the world population is increasing day by day and in this process, we exploit our natural resources without thinking about the future of future generation and loss of environment. It’s seemed like we use the concept “Take, Use and Throw”. In this process we produce more waste and allow our environment to satisfy our greed.

This create major problems. Our world is facing problems like greenhouse effect, iral diseases, pollution and other. So, proper management of the waste products is very much needed. Recycling is effective in the sense we use the product which are waste and old and are no use of converting it back into some new products.

It involves collecting, processing and selling products made from old materials. These three steps create a continuous loop. This concept of recycling has actually been around for thousand years even though it’s seemed like a modern concept. It has come across a long way in its journey. The materials which can be recycled include many kind of glass, newspaper, magazines, office paper, metal, plastic containers, grocery bags,tires, cardboards, textiles, batteries and electronics.

In 1031, paper recycling was first recorded in Japan. In the early 20th century, the growing steel and automobile industries purchased scrap.These secondary products are stored and processed for recycling. At some drink manufactures in Great Britain and Ireland, there’s found information of recycling beverage bottles with a refundable deposit. Since it was not that easy to make goods quickly and cheaply in the prior to the industrial age, in many ways everyone performed recycling in various form. Moreover, when the laws of making sure that the waste needed to be disposed of at least one mile away from city walls, in the western world way back in 500 BC, the city organized municipal dump program for the first time. There are records pf beginning the first ever reuse of waste paper in Japan in the year of 1031AD. In Philadelphia, the Rittenhouse Mill started making papers from fibers which are derived from recycled cottons and linen rags. Thus, the recycle paper manufacturing process somehow got a light of ray of their beginning. In the year of 1865, the Salvation Army commenced collecting, sorting and recycling unwanted goods in England. They employed unskilled poor peoples to recover discarded materials and in this way, the chances of employment got increased and this inspires peoples more till nowadays. People of that time even started to store burlap bags, horse hair, twine, rubber, carpets, metals and various kinds of papers. It’s interesting to take a trip back in the beginning of recycling history and see how they are coping with amazingly in the modern day recycling and waste industry.


The world has become so advanced along with time as there are technological and industrial fastness throughout the world. In many ways, we can say that the reason for large scale recycling is somehow the massive production of industries. This economic boom of postwar made it faster.

Further, technology is changing and improving very fast with the explosion of smartphones, tablets and laptops all over the past decades, therefore, there’s a huge production of electronic waste. In a survey, it is found that the US generated 3.41 million tons of E-waste, of which only 850,000 tons were recycled in 2011. Then there are offered a trade in program where the businesses wanted to take responsibility of the produced electronic wastes in order to recycle them. Besides, many desktop computer models are becoming obsolete, but they still contain a wealth of valuable components, including but not limited to steel, aluminum, power boards, copper, hard drives, black and white acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, net plastics and other miscellaneous e-waste parts.


As we know that plastic isnon-biodegradable which is made with polyethylene terephthalate, they do not mix with soil or environment let alone UV light. It takes 500 to 1000 years for a piece of plastic to degrade back in the environment. The amount of plastic we use and throw away is almost beyond comprehension. But it is a sad fact for us to know that currently, less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled every year.



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