If there is something that we all have to be clear about today, it is the importance of taking care of the environment. And that means saving, reducing and consuming intelligently. In the 21st century we can not afford to waste resources, so we propose to make yours the rule of 3 R. Do you know what it consists of?
Surely if you are worried about the future of the planet you have already heard about the rule of 3 R. It is a rule, formulated by the organization Greenpeace, which is based on three magic words, from the point of view of sustainability: reuse, recycle and reduce. The objective is not other than to try Minimize environmental waste to try to prevent the world from being filled with garbage.
And, although this ecological and sustainable norm has to be implanted in society from a collective point of view, there are many things that you can do to try to Take it to practice at home. Discover how you can make it yours to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.
Reuse: one of the points of the 3 R rule
It is the first key of the 3 R rule and, as the word itself indicates, consists of Give a new life to the used objects when we already think that they have lost the function for which they were manufactured. Yes, instead of throwing them in the trash, we think how we can continue to use them, surely we are capable of lengthen its useful life.
Do not throw away your things and think how to reuse them You can think of new applications for plastic jars or cardboard boxes. Make the most of the sheets of paper by writing on both sides, and give new uses to those items that you are thinking about discarding from your life. Furniture, for example, has a long life ahead of it. If your auxiliary table does not convince you anymore, you can still use it as a bedside table, what do you think?
Another idea to reuse arises when it comes time to do the change of clothes in the closet. Do not throw away the clothes that you no longer use; better give it to some NGO so you can continue to serve someone.
As you see, it is always possible reuse things that are not damaged, although sometimes it costs us to see how we can do it. This task is an incentive to develop creativity.
Recycling: a sustainable transformation
Consists in treat waste that we generate in the right way to transform them (at least some of them) into new objects or materials, with much more useful life. In this way, what was originally only trash becomes new objects ready to be used. It is the case of packaging, waste paper or glass bottles.
Recycling is one of those tasks in which the collaboration of all is necessary. It is true that you need recycling plants that transform waste into new things, but you can also do your part, separating domestic garbage depending on whether it is organic or not, whether it is glass containers or bottles, etc.
A good idea is to Organize the recycling area well. In this way the daily task of separating the garbage will cost you much less, and you will better observe the 3 R rule. Find the right corner and install containers. If space is scarce, better choose small cubes and opt for a model with a lid (to keep the area more orderly). You already know that you will need a bucket for organic waste, a yellow container for packaging, a green one for glass and a blue one for paper and cardboard.
Another idea to recycle is to convert organic waste into compost or fertilizer for the garden and the terrace plants. For this you need a composter, which is nothing more than a box in which organic waste is decomposed into fertilizer.
Reduce: the third key
It is the third leg on which the 3 R rule is based, although it is not the least important. In fact, I would say that it holds one of the secrets of ecosystem sustainability. And it is logical: although it is very good to reuse things and recycle waste, the best is reduce the consumption of everything that we do not really need.
Reduce is the goal of the 3 R rule: that we all have the need to buy less things, less unnecessary products that really do not bring us anything important.
However, I will not deny that this is quite difficult, in the society in which we live, dominated by consumerism. But it is always a good idea to try it to the extent of each one.
Other ways to reduce are to try bet on local commerce and buy products made near your home to eliminate transport costs to the maximum. Forget about throwaway products, reduce energy consumption at home and try save water.
If we all join and follow the rule of the 3 R, we will be working for a better world.