Reduce / Reuse / Recycle
second level of the waste hierarchy is Reuse.
If you can't prevent waste, then try and get your money's worth out of
it by reusing it.
Reusing items means that you don't have to buy new ones. This saves resources.
Here are some ideas:
- old wine and beer bottles make great candle-stands, especially
if you alternate the colour of the candles so that you get multi-coloured
drips down the side.
use old jars for new jam or even to freeze handy meal-sized portions
of leftover soup etc.
creative and paint old jam jars to turn them into funky toothbrush
holders or pencil-pots, or even vases (glass paint is available
from any art materials shop).
- use sealable containers to store food/drinks. You can use pots
for gardening - growing seedlings in small tubs (yogurt pots etc).
Recycled: - buying recycled goods means that you are using something
that was made from something else. Encourage your local shops/supermarket
to stock recycled products if they do not already. Recycled goods are
also just as high quality as other non-recycled products. Recycled loo
paper is NOT made from used toilet paper! Lots of people complain that
it is difficult to find recycled products, so just to make life easier
for you, we have included a Recycled Product Finder on this site.
Rechargeables: - batteries are difficult to diapose of safely! Try
to buy rechargeable batteries for small electrical goods (discmans,
cycle lights etc) or items that can be charged up directly from the
Second-hand: - second-hand stuff is cheaper and it means less waste
and more savings! Most towns have good second-hand or charity shops
and if you have a good root around, you'll be sure to get a good bargain
whilst supporting a good cause.
Damaged/Broken Equipment: - don't throw away things that could be
repaired easily or cheaply.
with Disposables: - disposable stuff like pens, razors, nappies
amd so on end up in landfills and persist there for many years. Continually
producing short lived items also uses considerable more energy per life-span
than making longer lasting products.
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