Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Practice makes perfect!
When it comes to waste management, organisation is key. Firstly, it not only allows you to manage items you no longer need in a systematized manner, it also lets you practise eco-friendliness in a doable way. So, let’s take a look at the 3 Golden Rs.

1. Reduce

The main objective when it comes to reduction is less usage. Think about what you use and buy, and ask yourself: could you use less? We all have a lot of things at home we never use. Some of them we haven’t even ever unpacked! Why? Because many of us tend to buy based on impulse rather than need. It’s also important to reduce overall consumption. Some tips on reducing:

Give your things a second life

Do your good deed of the week or month by donating the things you aren’t using or don’t really need – provided they’re in good condition. Donate your things to your nearest charity shop or give them away using local Facebook groups.

Simplify your life with DIY products

Clever marketing campaigns and TV ads have taught us that we have a lot of needs, and that there is at least one uber-specialized product for each of our crazy needs. For instance, you can use white vinegar or baking soda for cleaning. Say good bye to toxins and hello to a lot more cupboard space where your usual army of cleaning products would be stored!

Use or buy only what’s needed

Think about it this way: when there’s no waste generated, then there’s no waste to be treated. Make a shopping list before your next trip to the supermarket. This will guarantee that you don’t buy things which aren’t needed. Don’t give in to temptation of buying items on a whim.

Buy items that can be re-used

A typical example of such items can be rechargeable batteries. Much less waste is created and they can be reused over and over again.

Unsubscribe from paper mail

Opt for emails instead, plus, you’ll have less useless papers lying around on your kitchen top.

Buy products with minimum packing

Remember, flashy and fun packaging doesn’t necessarily mean having a better product.

Say NO to plastic bags
Try to make it a habit to start carrying your own reusable shopping bags.

2. Reuse
If waste is produced, explore the feasibility of reusing waste. Avoid throwing away items that are reusable. Here are some useful ideas on how to reuse those everyday bits and pieces.
Glass bottles and jars
Use these items as storage containers after cleaning and drying. Glass jars such as the ones from pickles, jellies, and sauces can be used as containers for leftovers or pantry storage.

3. Recycle
If reusing isn’t viable, explore the next option of recycling waste. As there are economic and environmental costs associated with waste collection and recycling should only be considered where reduction and reuse of waste isn’t feasible. Recycling is a great way to understand the items that you throw away and allows you to rethink your future purchases. Some tips on recycling:
  • Keep recyclable bins at strategic locations at home / work place. This will foster better participation in the recycling process from everyone.
  • Recycle all the basics you can – paper, plastic, metal, and glass
  • Recycle all electronics
Our team at GreenPak always makes sure to endorse the eco-friendliest way to make use or get rid of your waste. In fact, we’ve been working so hard at doing so, we’re even giving away cash to selected recyclers, through our Crush & Win Campaign!
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