[Infographic] How to create your urban garden?
Reducing, reusing, and recycling is so very important these days, most particularly in our gardens. Sustainable practices by homeowners can truly make a difference for the environment. Estimates by the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice say that the nations on earth generate 1.3 billion tons of waste annually. This is expected to rise alarmingly by 2100.
Additionally, expenses are rising in waste management with cities in developing countries spending up to 20% to 50% of their budgets working to maintain waste issues, which citizens pay for in tax money. Trash has to be hauled away to landfills which are over-filling and some landfills around the world are poisoning our ground waters with toxic discharge. When you use an item such as a bicycle, old barrel, or lawn furniture, it is important that you do not throw it away after the first use. Instead, reuse the item in a creative and sustainable way to extend its life outside of the landfill. It is better for the landfills, but it also saves you money.
One such money-saving example of reusing is transforming a bicycle or tricycle into a garden container. It’s easy to do and looks adorable in a little garden niche or on your patio.
Next time you are getting ready to discard an old item in your garbage, think about how you might reuse it sustainably in your garden. If you are able to reuse it creatively, then do so, and if you cannot reuse it, please take it to the local recycling center for processing. Reduce, reuse, and recycle for a stronger environment.
Shawna Coronado is a successful author, blogger, photographer, and media host who focuses on wellness by teaching green lifestyle living, organic gardening, and anti-inflammatory culinary. Most recently Shawna has written the books, “Grow a Living Wall” and “101 Organic Gardening Hacks”. Shawna campaigns for social and community good – her garden, food, and eco-adventures have been featured in many media venues including television news programming, radio broadcasting, and PBS television. You can learn more about Shawna at www.shawnacoronado.com.
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