The 6 R’s of Sustainability is a waste hierarchy that is addressing the every-growing problem of waste production in our society. This set of principles is urging us to rethink and question how our consumption habits are impacting our environment. As we come to understand that our resources are limited, how our rapidly increasing levels of waste is damaging our planet and that every piece of plastic that we have ever used still exists today, we will realise it is imperative that we do something now before the damage is irreversible.
Unfortunately, people think that recycling is the only answer. Recycling is great and is definitely part of the answer but should be the last resort. Before we recycle, our goal should be to decrease the amount of rubbish by refusing, reducing, reusing, repairing and rotting first.
Over the following weeks I will be highlighting each of these principles and listing a variety of ways they can be put into practice. I have gathered these ideas from a variety of sources including people who have shared their ideas and stories on Facebook.
It is important not to feel that you have to implement all these ideas all at once. That would be unrealistic and cause a great deal of eco-anxiety. What is important is a growing awareness which will lead to more environmentally conscious choices.
Just start with one small change. When that becomes a conscious habit, add another small change and then another. All those little changes will soon add up and collectively we can make a big impact on our environment.
Refuse can be defined as choosing not to buy, support or use products that are harmful to people and the environment.
What are some things that you can refuse?
Here are some other ideas and stories collated from Facebook suggestions:
Thanks for these awesome comments!
Do you have any other ideas, suggestions and practices?
Hello! My name is Margy. I enjoy living simply, I am trying to slow down and I am learning how to be still. I would love you to join me on this exciting adventure.