How can we be more proactive in managing our waste to improve environmental outcomes?
PRE-CYCLE Pre-cycling simply means we give consideration to the use and disposal of all components of an item you before you purchase it, including the packaging. It means buying products that use less of the earth’s resources, create less solid waste, and conserve valuable landfill space. In other words, Think Before You Buy.
REFUSE First question to ask is ‘Do I need it?’ Is this item going to be something I want on a whim and are then likely to toss away? Do I need this plastic bag to take it home in? Hopefully you have brought your own.
REDUCE How many knives forks, spoons & cooking gadgets are in your cutlery drawer? How many pairs of socks do you have? Most of us have more than we need of most things, so before we buy more, let’s use what we have.
REUSE We are awash in the massive problem of plastics, but rather than eat your take-away dinner then toss the container, wash it, use it again and again and again so at least it is not a single use plastic. Still feel the need for plastic bags? So many things come in plastic bags, like bread. Wash, dry and reuse, you’ve got it, again and again and again!
RECYCLE Need a new look? Check out your wardrobe and see what you can UPCYCLE for a fresh new look or have a fun clothes swap with your friends. Used glass jars and bottles are great containers for your pantry or as containers for yummy gifts for friends. Before you throw something away, look and see how you can repurpose it to creatively turn it into something useful. It’s very satisfying!
REBUY Emporiums full of refurbished goods, furniture, recycled plastic garden furniture, whatever you can imagine, are starting to pop up.
Let’s remember, everything has a carbon footprint. Somewhere along the way fossil fuels have been used to get ‘it’ to you.
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- Carol Shantal
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