By reusing something, you are taking something that is in its current form and using it again. This occurs when using a water bottle for a second time. The bottle is still in its original form and requires no energy to use again. Recycling refers to putting energy into breaking down that product from its current form into a material that can be reformed and used again. This happens when you put a bottle into the recycling and it is used to create a plastic bench.
Reusing something means that you continue to use it for its original purpose or find a new purpose for it, so that you do not have to throw it away or recycle it. For example, instead of throwing away or recycling a plastic cup, you can keep it and use it again for drinking, or use it as a cup to store pencils or loose change in.
Recycling is a process in which an object is broken down into a raw material that can be used to create a new object. For example, aluminum soda cans are crushed, shredded, and then melted at recycling factories and the melted aluminum is used to form brand new cans.
Reuse is always preferable to recycling, as it saves energy, since recycling requires energy to repurpose the materials into a new object. Saving energy is important, as it reduces greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change. Additionally, reusing an object ensures that it does not end up in a landfill, and reduces the amount of “junk” on earth.
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