You may be aware of the three “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle but another very important R is to Rethink. Why rethink, you may ask?  Because it’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to the waste we create, items we purchase, and the end life of products.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink are standards for sustainable living. You can rethink the waste you produce by using sustainable products and staying away from single-use items such as plastics.  Consider using natural cleaning products, instead of harsh chemicals.  Think about the end life of products and if they can be recycled or repurposed.

Minimizing the amount of waste you create can bring about a more sustainable environment for future generations. Rethink before throwing away an item you think is broken, worn out, or is no longer wanted.  Before discarding any item, first ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can it be reused?
  • Is it repairable?
  • Is it recyclable?

Finding environmentally friendly alternatives rather than wasting is the easiest and most convenient way one can begin to rethink.