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3R – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduction of waste has long been a hot topic, discussed not only by the environmental organizations, but also politicians all over the world. The issue covers already existing waste, waste that is being introduced to the market, as well as future waste generation. Laws, directives and restrictions shed light on the problem and force entrepreneurs to take preventive measures in order to reduce to minimum the landfill sites that are scattered all over the world.
You don’t need to read legal documents –  you can follow the 3R theory, which can be a path to success in waste management. 3R stands for – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

This seemingly trivial motto, when applied on a larger scale, can become a perfect solution to the
problem of waste.

First and foremost - reduce.

Call for waste reduction should be implemented on two levels – on the level of entrepreneurs that bring waste to the market,  and on the level of consumers.

Not long ago there was a viral video on the Internet that showed absurdity of putting toothpaste tubes in cardboard boxes. The box does not really serve any purpose. It doesn’t protect the toothpaste in any way better than the tube does, and does not contain any additional information that could not be placed directly on the tube. Right after we buy a toothpaste, the cardboard box immediately lands in the bin. The nonsense of this extra packaging is evident!
Naturally, the mentioned video encouraged to buy toothpastes without the cardboard boxes.
We leave it for your reflection.
Unfortunately, there are many other examples of products that serve no other purpose than being waste. Limiting such practices will not require companies to rebuild factories or even change the production lines. The only consequence will be a simple removal of one unnecessary link from the entire production process.
Consumers are the second social group to which the REDUCE request is addressed to – each and every one of us belongs to this group.
There have been millions of gigabytes of blogs, thousands of books written and countless training hours devoted to the subject of the waste reduction. It had impact on some people that have willingly introduced the presented ideas and solutions into their lifestyles.

Others have been convinced by the “money” argument when the government introduced the law that all plastic bags have to be sold with additional fee. The ever-present 'plastic bags' have almost completely disappeared from our landscape. Now the attempts are being made to reduce the gusseted thin plastic bags on rolls used for vegetables and bread, and replace them with paper bags or reusable ones, the so-called “vege-bags”.

Environmentalists often show us the way or give an idea, but at the end of the day it us who need to introduce these changes to our lifestyles. The success depends on us all.

Use, use, use!

For many years now a trend called “up-cycling” has become more and more popular. Instead of throwing away old items, we can give them a second life. Got bored with your old lamp? Freshen it up with a hand-made lampshade. Empty coffee can? Use it as an organizer in a home workshop. Crooked fork? Bent it some more and make yourself a nice, original bracelet, or drawer handle. Be creative, come up with an idea and just do it.

Our creativity is often evoked by the need of the moment and we don’t have to be rebellious designers in order to give a second or even a third life to old items. d of the moment and we don’t have to be rebellious designers in order to give a second or even a third life to old items.

Today the terms recycle or recycling are probably present, or at least sound familiar, in almost every language. Everyone understands not only the words, but also the sense and the idea of the whole process (HERE WE WROTE ABOUT IT FROM THE TECHNICAL POINT OF VIEW). Although the waste sorting has not yet won all hearts, this is the first, crucial point of the whole process of the energy and materials’ recovery. From July 2020, 50% of all waste in the European Union  is to be processed.
At the current stage of the technological development, we can recycle virtually everything.
We can build a waste-free society by recycling bio-waste into compost, generating energy from waste incineration, producing plastic regranulate, or infinite glass and aluminium processing cycles.

Since 2003 the Japanese city of Kimkatsu has been conducting an environmental experiment. The idea was to create a waste-free city. This year the goal was achieved! Garbage has simply ceased to exist. It is neither stored inside nor transported outside the city. Residents sort waste into 43 categories and deliver each fraction to a 24-hour service recycling station. Everything is recycled: glass, plastic, textiles or bio-waste.

Is it possible for our planet to become such an idyllic place?
Let’s learn and teach from the basics and make people aware that they are the main cause and effect of the global changes. That’s the best remedy that can cure our tormented planet.

Once more, we encourage you to include the colour of the proper bin on the label.
A small touch that will help the planet!