It Isn’t Waste Until We Waste It: The 3Rs Of Zero Waste For Your Home

Nature, Earth, Sustainability, Leaf, Arrows, Caution

How much rubbish do you dispose of each week? One bag full, two? Of course, once it’s out of our homes, we don’t tend to think much about it anymore. After all, most of us live in places where our trash gets picked up and disposed of in landfills. Unfortunately, a lot of what we throw away doesn’t biodegrade, which means landfill sites are getting fuller,  and new locations just for rubbish needs to be found. Then there are the things that begin to break down, but also leak nasty chemicals in the surrounding ecosystem as they do so. In fact, as a rule, rubbish is bad, and making as little as we can is a smart idea. A topic you can get some tips on the post below. 
Repair

First of all, the society we live in right now puts a lot of importance on convenience and new consumer items. However, this was not always the case. In fact, back in the day, if something expensive such as washing machine broke, we would do all we could to repair it rather than throwing the whole thing away. 

Of course, nothing is stopping us doing that now either. In fact, you can easily use sites like Online Appliance Spares to track down the parts you need. Something that will allow you to get your device back up and running quickly, and will save your money and minimise waste too. 

Reuse 

Just because an item in the home no longer serves the purpose for which it was intended, doesn’t mean that it can’t have a second or even third life as something else. In fact, often we throw away items that would serve perfectly well for tasks, that we then go an buy additional supplies for. 

A great example of this being shelling out money on fancy dusters and dish clothes when old clothes, towels, and bedsheets cut down into squares will serve just as well. 

Additionally, there are plenty of other uses for old items of clothing. Such as making reusable shopping bags from t-shirts, and even cutting up old pairs of tights to create eco-friendly, no-snag hang bands. Then not only will the original item not end up in landfills, but you help to save all the needy that would be used to make the product as well. 

Recycle 

Finally, when it comes to waste, we must remember that recycling properly can make a massive difference. In fact, not only does recycling as much waste as possible stop it going into landfill. It also stops additional energy being used to create brand new items as well. Something that means the environment is protected in two ways. 

In fact, an excellent example of this is plastic water bottles because recycling just one will save enough energy to keep a 60W light bulb going for 6 hours. Additionally, it takes 75% less energy to create a new bottle from recycled materials. Something that shows household recycling is a vital aspect of minimising both physical waste, and the waste of valuable resources such as energy. 

 

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