Often referred to as the 3R’s, this concept applies to the minimization of waste.
Reduce and Reuse
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy. Consider that the raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.
- buy used items;
- look for products that use less packaging;
- buy reusable over-disposable items;
- maintain and repair products items;
- borrow, rent or share;
- Upcycling. Reuse discarded objects or materials in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash, and turning them into new products.