Refuse single use items. A single use item is anything you use once and then throw away. There is a significant amount of energy that goes into the production and distribution of single use items like disposable cups, plates, utensils, and napkins. In addition, all of these items end up in a landfill somewhere where they can take thousands of years to decompose. How do you refuse single use items? I carry a water bottle or mug, small utensil set, and cloth napkin with me.
Reduce your overall consumption. Buying less stuff. Ask yourself "Will I use it or wear it at least 15 times this year?" "Can I make this from something I already have?"🤔 These questions can help you make the decision if the item is really worth purchasing. Hey, it could save you money too! The term "reduce" goes far beyond what you buy. In your everyday tasks, be mindful of your overall energy and water use.
Reuse. This is wear your creative hat is put on! Play with what you have and make it into something new and exciting. I had old mugs that no one wanted. So I filled them with baby succulants and gave them away as gifts.
Repair. Might be described as a lost art. Learning how to sew is a blessing! Recycle. If you can't repair it anymore, then you can send it to the recycling center. Recycling is still a form of waste (although much better than a landfill). Energy must go into repurposing recyclables therefore it is at the bottom of the list. Rot or compost is a great way to sustainably "throw away" you food scraps. Composting can be made easy for anyone to accomplish.
Result is free soil! Zero waste. It's a goal anyway. Be mindful of what you are throwing away and you will eventually get there. Looking in your own garage can be the best educational tool.
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