Step 1 – Rethink: The first step is most effective in minimizing waste and maximizing savings, but it can often be the most challenging. We are conditioned to say yes – to disposable cups, utensils, straws, magazines, flyers, unnecessary packaging, and swag. Practice accepting the things you need, and rethinking the rest. Making thoughtful choices and setting standards for your team (or your household) can make it easier to “rethink” waste in the future. Here are some resources that can help you explore options.
Rethink Clothing Purchases
Conscientious Coffee Drinking
Tips for Slashing Trash
Waste Free Holidays
Step 2 – Reduce: Where possible, reduce the use of harmful, wasteful, and non-recyclable products by simply using less. Be realistic about what you need, and take good care of what you have, reducing the need to repurchase in the future.
How to Reduce Your Wardrobe
Reducing Food Waste at Home
Reducing Food Waste with Apeel
Step 3 – Reuse: This is where a circular mindset begins to comes into play. Consider how you can reuse an item to keep it out of a landfill. Can you repair a damaged product instead of purchasing new? Reusing also means selling or donating your used items so they go to loving homes instead of the landfill.
Reusables Versus Disposables
Big Businesses on Reusable Packing
How to Reuse Wine Bottles
Step 4- Repurpose: We can creatively repurpose (or upcycle) products to give them new life and avoid waste. The possibilities are endless.
Turning Food Waste Into New Products
Repurposing Glass Jars
Step 5 – Recycle: After practicing the first four R’s, recycling is your best option.
Importance of Rinsing Recyclables?
The Amazing Aluminum Can
At Home Composting