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The 5 R’s of Zero Waste

The whole Zero Wate movement is built upon the following 5 main R’s of living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot:

  1. Refuse what you do not need
  2. Reduce what you do need
  3. Reuse what you consume
  4. Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce or Reuse
  5. Rot (compost) the rest.

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Zero Waste

It’s a philosophy of creating a more sustainable lifestyle by keeping your waste down to a (pretty hardcore) minimal amount, while helping the Earth and your own happiness in the process. Consequentially, you also save a ton of cash in the process.

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Cut Out the Worst Offenders

Avoid the worst contaminating plastics, like [polyethylene food wrap] and BPA plastics. Don’t use the straw, don't buy the plastic toy, or take the plastic bag.

Start focusing on the other easy changes you can make—such as carrying your own shopping bags to the grocery store and cutting out things like plastic wrap.

Determine What The Sender Needs From You Asap

Ask yourself:

  • What’s the meaning and the value of the message?
  • What action does this message require of me?