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May 31

But Wait There's More - The 5 R's

Posted on May 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM by Regina Connelly

But Wait Theres More - The 5 Rs
Most of us are familiar with Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, but did you know that a few new R’s have joined the mix? “Refuse” and “Repurpose” have been added to remind us all, we really ought to bring home less and use what we have!

Refuse
The idea here, is to turn down things that you don’t actually need, and would otherwise cause waste.

  • Refuse “freebies” that would otherwise end up in your trash, unless there is something you will actually use (Ex: a reusable tote or a reusable water bottle are freebies!)
  • Refuse plastic grocery bags, especially if you only have a couple of items that you could easily carry out yourself 
  • Refuse plastic straws when dining out

Repurpose
Repurposing means to take something, and reuse it for something else. While this may require a bit of crafty thinking, it doesn’t have to be Pinterest-worthy to be good! Check out One Green Planet’s 6 Kid-Friendly Christmas Decorations to Make From Trash for some quick inspiration.

In addition to adding these steps, the arrangement has been changed to reflect the optimal order in which we should all follow along.

Refuse 
If at all possible, say no to things you are offered, but don’t need.  

Reduce
Minimize the number of items you are purchasing on a regular basis.

Reuse
Reuse something you already have, or purchase second-hand items when necessary.

Repurpose
Figure out a new way to use something before determining if you should dispose of it.

Recycle
If the above options don’t work, you should do your best to recycle it.


In the end, any combination of these efforts will make a lasting impact on the environment, and simplify your life at the same time!