The 3 R’s of recycling are at the heart of the ‘Go Green’ global movement. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle are considered to be a base of environmental awareness and a guide for conscious choices.
In the past, reduce was at the top of this hierarchical checklist that friends of the earth would refer to before deciding on a purchase, or to throw something away. Nowadays the 3 Rs has been expanded to include Refuse.
This fourth R is now the first to consider for many. It challenges consumers whether or not to even consider accepting something that is harmful to the planet. Consumers are now refusing:
– junk mail (using the red dot system. A red dot placed on a mailbox indicates that no junk mail is to be delivered).
– to buy a product they would otherwise, due to excessive packaging. Some are now writing emails to companies, and speaking to store managers to make their voices heard.
– the plastic bags offered at the cashier and instead using their own cloth bag.
More Rs are being added to innovative lists all the time. Check out this link for a thorough list of Rs that lower our impact on the environment, and create a lot of fun opportunities for creative expression and interaction to boot!
It is generally accepted that these 4 Rs of behaviour and consumer choices will contribute to a more sustainable way of living. And the ideal goal of zero waste is the cornerstone of our Waste Management Education Program!