Since the last 1970’s, the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” has been a part of the global mindset. We all know why the 3 Rs are important for the environment but we don’t always know how to implement them in our day to day lives.
How to Reduce
This is always the first place to start. It is all about finding ways to reduce the purchase and consumption of items that are in some way disposable. It could be the item itself is disposable after a single use e.g. paper towel or it is purchased in disposable packaging.
How to Reuse
Here we are finding ways to clean up disposable products and use them in other aspects of life. The kitchen, the garage, and your car are the best places to reuse disposable products.
Why Reduce and Reuse is Better Than Recycle
Most people focus on the recycle portion of the 3 Rs, but recycling has its own baggage. Recycling plants need energy to dismantle and re-manufacture the plastic, paper, and other materials they are recycling.
As a result, reducing and reusing disposable products is more cost effective, and solves the core issue that recycling is meant to address. If there is less waste to begin with, there is less to recycle.
While reducing the purchase of disposables is the perfect place to start, it is not always practical and feasible. There is always going to be some items that find their way into your home. So the next thing is to look at ways of reusing them.
To get you started, below is a 105 creative ways to reuse disposable products. These ideas help to reduce the amount of disposables by replacing or reusing them more than once. This goes a long way to help minimize waste, plus they are a lot of fun 🙂