The Basics of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We were taught what it means to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ in school, but as we’ve grown up the constraints that come with being time poor and our desire to seek convenient and quick solutions to problems has often meant that we’ll turn to the easiest possible solution instead of adhering to these principles. In case you’re guilty of this, here’s a short reminder on the basics of reduce, reuse, recycle to reinvigorate your waste disposal habits, and help you get back on track with responsible and sustainable habits.
Your throwaway habits may need some adjusting here as you attempt to reduce the amount of waste you accumulate. Similarly, changing your buying habits may also help you reduce the amount of accumulated waste – for example buying the items you normally would at the supermarket but in their reduced packaging form (if available). To reduce your waste, try and recycle wherever you can – remember to use all your waste collection bins for different rubbish streams to their full potential. You should also aim to try and reduce your use of natural resources, so reduce reliance on fossil fuels by exploring renewable energy sources for your home instead.
Reusing everyday items that have outlived their original purpose is a great concept, as it immediately cuts down on the potential wastage and rubbish sent to landfill. One such area which has seen a rise in popularity recently is that of upcycling old furniture into new statement pieces. With some clever tips and inspiration, it doesn’t have to be a sacrifice either – your new statement chair or coffee table might actually be a project that turns out better than the original design. We recently wrote a blog post on some recycling ideas for common household items that you can reuse and repurpose with a bit of inspiration if you want some idea of where to start reusing everyday items.
Recycling is a crucial step in cutting down on waste sent to landfill, but thankfully it’s the easiest step to do in the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ sequence. Use your recycling bins at home to separate out your waste, and you’ll be amazed at how little rubbish you actually end up with in your black bin. We also have some great tips on our blog about how to recycle more at home – why not check out our recent post on the 7 things you should be putting in your recycling but probably aren’t? For more great tips and advice on recycling, check out Recycle Now. They have some great resources like a packaging symbol explanation chart if you’re a bit confused about what you can recycle and what you have to throw away.