the 5Rs: principles of Less Waste

the 5Rs: principles of Less Waste

Tracey BanksApril 22, 2020
 5Rs Refusing - the power of saying no

REFUSE

AVOID BUYING UNSUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

Say no to anything that ends it's life in landfill.

It's usefulness is temporary, it's existence may be permanent.

Rethink: Do I really need this?

Result: Using buying power to reduce production

5Rs Reducing

REDUCE

BUY LESS, BUY QUALITY

Reduce general consumption.

Use well made, long lasting products. Use multi-use. Use natural, homemade products.

Rethink: How much do I really need?

Result: Lowering the amount of waste produced

5Rs Reuse

REUSE

BUY PRE-USED, REPAIR, UPCYCLE

Stop falling for the convenience of the disposable, start making the effort with reusables.

See the value in pre-used goods. Turn old into new. Fix what would have been thrown away.

Rethink: Do I really need to throw this away?

Result: Getting the most value out of materials

5Rs Recycle

RECYCLE

KEEPING VALUABLE RESOURCES IN USE

If it is man made and can't be refused, reduced or reused, make sure it is recycled.

Make sure it is clean and in right collection.

Rethink: Can this material be reused?

Result: Using materials to make new products

5Rs Rot

ROT

...THE REST

Compost food scraps and return to the soil.

The ultimate circular & sustainable system.

Rethink: Can I put this back into nature's system?

Result: Recovering organic nutrients from waste

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