- RETHINK, Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and rot
- Avoid-over packaging, which often comes from purchasing online or supermarkets. Ask yourself whether you need to buy items individually wrapped? If yes, what is the material made of. Can it be recycled?
- Prevent the use of plastic at all levels, if possible!
- Bring your own (reusable bags, containers, bottles, cutlery)!
- Single use is abuse (minimize use of disposable plastics).
- Put your trash where it belongs (please don’t litter on the road, alleys, streets or in the water – waste pollution is beyond anyone’s imagination). Remember, that recycling isn’t always the solution. Look for options to upcycle, check with local organizations, small enterprises who are using the circular approach.
- Raise the plastic waste issue at work, school, businesses, and organization. Its time for all of us to wake up and take actions!
- Communicate it as much as possible within your own network!
“A clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.” – Dalai Lama
Additional effort might be required….. (You can do it, create a community around you!)
- Compost all your garden and kitchen waste – if you still need to learn attend a workshop perhaps Compost Workshop – August 2017
- Identify what you are throwing away (for example plastic bottles, containers, clothes, books, shoes) and check out my guide on where to drop them off, so they can be repaired, reused, upcycled or properly recycled.
- Check in your local neighbourhood for local coops, which work with local farmers who either provide package-free or natural packaging for your fruits and vegetables.
- If you need something for your house or garden, check for local second hand shops or online groups (You can save money, stop things from ending up in the landfill and extend a products life)
- Switch your lightbulbs to low energy options, once they have stopped working.
Going the extra mile!