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Conservation and recycling

Both population growth and the increase in living standards, means that there is more pressure on resources than ever before. People in less economically developed countries (LEDCs) produce much of the world's resources, but most of these are used in more economically developed countries (MEDCs).

As LEDCs are becoming more developed, their quality of life is rising, which means that people there are using more resources  e.g. by using electricity, driving cars, buying goods, building homes that use more resources.

Whilst it is a good thing that more people in the world are enjoying a better quality of life, it means we need to manage resources carefully and find alternative ways of meeting our needs.

One important way we can be more sustainable is by recycling materials
wherever possible and by designing products that are easy to recycle.


Do you know how to recycle?