al·che·my / Spelled Pronunciation [al-kuh-mee]
1. a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life.
2. any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, usually of little value, into a substance of great value.
If you think about it, we’re all alchemists when we recycle. We may not be discovering the “elixir of life,” but we are taking every day objects of little value, such as empty and used tin food cans, soda bottles, junk mail, cardboard boxes, car tires, etc., and having them recycled into useful consumer products. All which helps all life on our planet.