Here’s a quick guide on how to re-use more often, and to be conscious of just how quickly we throw away things that still have a lot of use left in them. Not only do consume single-use products, we’ve also been conditioned to have a single-use mindset. This means that we’re discarding items for reasons other than “they don’t work anymore” – maybe we’re bored of them, maybe we want to stay on trend?
Whatever the reason, this guide on how to re-use will help you re-use more, take a step towards a zero-waste lifestyle, and do your bit towards making a sustainable difference to the world.
What Is “Re-Use”?
Because the words re-use and recycle are used together so often, we forget that they are not the same. Reusing items are better for the environment because using products longer means you are minimizing waste, reducing consumption and its associated carbon footprints, while also creating a positive social impact.
Here is a rule of thumb to live by – only products and materials that are no longer fit for purpose should be recycled.
Why Should We Re-Use?
Not only is re-using products good for the planet, but it’s also good for the planet. Here are all the reasons you should make re-use a practice.
– You Get To Save Money
Antiquing and buying pre-loved items are on-trend. Not only is it cheaper than buying new, but you can also often find some real one-of-a-kind bargains.
– You Get To Help Your Local Community
It gives people in need in your community the opportunity to buy high-quality products that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford at a cheaper rate. Often, second-hand stores share their profits with a charity, making this a double whammy in hitting your RYTHM goals this year.
– You Get To Save Energy
The production of new items obviously requires a lot of energy. By re-using products for as long as they are functioning, you reduce the need to mass-produce new ones, thereby saving energy and resources.
– You Get To Reduce The Waste We Create
Did you know that every year, approximately 5,000 tonnes of sofas and 9,700 tonnes of washing machines are thrown away in a landfill? By re-using these products till they’re unable to be used, you reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill.
How To Re-Use
First things first, assess if the product you want to use is reusable or not. If you are unsure, read this post about how you can find out if something is re-usable. Then, here are the options available to you.
Thanks to the internet, even if you don’t have access to second-hand charitable shops in your city, you can sell your products at a wide range of websites that include eBay, Gumtree, Pre-loved, and even the Facebook marketplace. Each city has its own share of flea markets and car boot sales as well if digital is not your style.
If you’re not bothered about making some money off your pre-loved goodies, find a charity to donate to. It’s a great away to give away your products to help people with lower budgets than yours, while also contributing towards a great cause.
Remember that re-using doesn’t just mean giving away products you no longer need, it also means buying pre-loved products that are still in good shape.
And there you have it, your guide on how to re-use more in your life. Adopt a few of these Sustainability 101 projects this 2020, and let us know how its going for you. Don’t forget to share with your friends and family.
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