The following content was brought to you by Chartered Professional Accountant, Charn Hansra, who is dedicated to using any natural resources available. We use natural resources for everything that we do, whether it's just fueling our own bodies or building grand mansions. There is no way to avoid using natural resources, but it is in our best interests to do so in a sustainable way. Otherwise, we might quickly find that there are no natural resources left to use. If you want to learn more about what qualifies as a natural resource, how natural resources are used, what the risks of using natural resources are, and how we can use them responsibly, you've come to the right place.

Natural resources are substances and materials that are found in nature. That includes air, wood, soil, water, coal, diamonds, iron, potatoes, and just about everything you need to manufacture lead weights in a factory if the components are broken down enough, since unnatural resources are all created by combining or breaking down natural ones. Because they are found in nature, harvesting natural resources means the environment around them must be affected.

Natural resources are used for just about everything, from making pancakes to making crafts, which means we humans have a big effect on the environment. Sometimes the natural resources, such as plants and animals and even coal and oil, will (eventually) regenerate themselves if left alone. But other natural resources, such as water and metal, are present only in set quantities, so once we've harvested it all there will be no more to be had on this planet.

We can't avoid using natural resources, but we should avoid using them to excess unless we want to ruin our environment and run out of resources. Mining of precious stones and metals to make tray packers, for example, tears up the countryside, marring its beauty and creating dangerous sinkholes. Harvesting plants like trees and bamboo without replanting reduces the planet's ability to remove carbon dioxide from the air and created the danger of landslides. And the processes which turn resources into products pollute the air, the water, and the soil.

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Conservation is one way to use resources wisely. By reducing the amount of paper they use, is helping the planet. By replanting the trees that they do harvest, they're helping even more. Another way to live sustainably is to reduce the amount of non-renewable resources, such as oil (which takes a very long time to form) and metal and instead use renewable resources like plants. And finally, for those non renewable resources we do use, we should recycle what they were made into so that the substances won't run out. These are the basic principles of a sustainable life: reduce, reuse, recycle.

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