Let’s explore a bit of the why’s of the three “R”s.
… between 1960 and 2007 the amount of waste each person creates has almost doubled from 2.7 to 4.6 pounds per day. The most effective way to stop this trend is by preventing waste in the first place.
Can it be re-used? Choose: cloth or string grocery bags and don’t collect more than you actually will use. (Remember, just manufacturing them takes a toll on the environment), rechargeable batteries, a diaper service using cloth diapers, and containers which can continue to serve as containers for other things or as space dividers)
Does it have a long product life? Select well made items which can be repaired if necessary and you’ll also save money in the long run.
Does it have minimum packaging? Buy in bulk or choose large containers; avoid blister packs and excess quantities of filler.
Does it have minimum toxicity? Choose the least hazardous cleaning supplies, paints, other substances to avoid harming people, land, or the water supply)
Is it really a necessary purchase? Resist buying as many unneeded clothing, entertainment items and other purchases; rent large equipment used infrequently)
We can help to save natural resources.
Waste is not just created when consumers throw items away. Throughout the life cycle of a product from extraction of raw materials to transportation to processing and manufacturing facilities to manufacture and use waste is generated. Reusing items or making them with less material decreases waste dramatically. Ultimately, fewer materials will need to be recycled or sent to landfills or waste combustion facilities.