DAUWIN Papavasileiou adheres strictly to a recycling program in all its products
Let’s start from the basics. Nature does not produce waste. In natural ecosystems what is regarded as waste coming from one organism is a useful raw material for another and so nothing goes to waste, seamlessly continuing the eternal cycle of life.
If nature did not recycle and produced garbage as man does, there would be no life on the planet today. It all starts with our set of mind. If we comprehend that the garbage is not waste, but useful raw materials for the appropriate industries, then we will realize how wrong is the culmination of these materials in landfills, with enormous environmental and economic costs.
Did you know that if all the inhabitants of Greece recycled the aluminum cans they buy (cans, beer, etc.) the emissions of carbon dioxide in Greece would be reduced by 250,000 tons per year? Or maybe that If they recycled all packaging materials and paper, they would avoid a release of 3.84 million tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Every product we buy is produced using energy and each additional kilowatt-hour pollutes the atmosphere with one kilogram of carbon dioxide. The production of goods from recycled material requires less energy than the production of raw materials. Therefore, one of the multiple benefits of recycling is that it saves energy. The energy that can be saved by recycling of packaging and paper material corresponds to the energy consumed by the city of Athens in four months. Every ton of waste which is warded from landfills and, instead, is recycled or composted, prevents an equivalent of 260-470 kg of carbon dioxide from being released in the atmosphere.
What can you do?
- Reduce waste before even buying the products, by preferring the ones that have a small packaging and are environmentally friendly.
- Look for the recycling logo on the products you buy.
- Avoid disposable. Prefer returnable bottles and packaging.
- Reuse materials rather than throw them in the trash. Maybe your old products or devices could be useful for another fellow citizen?
- Beware of the packaging of the products you buy. Glass packaging is evidently considered to be more environmentally friendly than plastic and aluminum packaging.
- Do you always need plastic bags? Prefer a cloth or paper bag.
- Recycle! Press your municipality to start recycling programs, if there is not one running already. The new legislation requires recycling of all waste (not only packaging, but also the electric-electronic appliances, vehicles, waste oils, batteries, building waste, etc.).
- Use reusable containers for storing food in your refrigerator instead of covering it with aluminum foil.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Recycle the engine oil of your vehicle. Hand it over to the workshop and do not pour it down the drain.
Beware of markings that may be misleading!
The following two marks, although similar to each other, are very different in their meaning.
The first one refers to products from recycled raw material, while the second one argues simply that the product is "recyclable" (which means that the product uses virgin raw materials and its future recycling relies only on the good will of the consumer).