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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Ideas for Your Home

Your home is the perfect place to start practicing sustainable living! With these tips on how to reduce, reuse, & recycle, you'll see the impact in no time.    

So, why is recycling important, anyway? Well, it’s all about protecting our natural environment. Sustainable living is now considered vital for the planet’s future and your home is the perfect place to start practicing the ‘3 R’s’. Check out these handy recycling tips and learn the best ways to reduce, reuse, & recycle effectively.

Reduce

Reducing means cutting down on the amount of waste we produce in the home, and the amount of energy we consume. In terms of reducing waste, think carefully when you pop out to do your weekly grocery shopping. Even though you might find a great sale – buy one get one free – think about whether you’ll actually use the free item, or whether it will simply end up as waste. Remember the important reasons why we should recycle – our planet, its plants and creatures, need us to.

In terms of reducing energy, one of the best ways is to rethink your laundry habits. If your washing machine allows you to wash at a high temperature, and you tend to wash only half loads, then you could be wasting both energy and water. For instance, it takes much more energy to heat water to high temperatures than it does to medium setting, and most laundry detergents work just as well with or without heat.

Reuse

Water reuse is a trend that’s growing in popularity because it’s so easy to do, and yet makes such a huge difference. Waste water from the sink, the bath, or that’s collected in the shower can be used for watering houseplants, garden plants, or your lawn. You could also look into harvesting rainwater, while soapy water from your bath is actually great for controlling bugs!

How about reusing packaging in your home, rather than buying new packaging each time you run out of a product? Breeze Liquid Detergent sachets are small pouches that are made from eco-friendly packaging with 78% less plastic than a standard laundry detergent bottle. Keep your old Breeze container and reuse it by pouring the detergent from the sachets into the bottle.

Recycle

Did you know that it takes 70% less energy to recycle paper than it does to create paper from raw materials? Saving energy is just one of the reasons why we should recycle. There are many ways we can recycle, including organizing our papers, plastic bottles, glass, and food cans and taking them to a local recycling center, or popping them in the recycling bins at the nearest shopping mall.

Plastic recycling is particularly important, when you consider plastic items take around 1000 years to decompose in landfills. These days, plastic recycling is becoming more common. For instance, empty plastic sachets are being turned into bricks for houses by organizations in metro areas — just be sure to clean them first!

In the family home everyone can follow some recycling tips! Get creative with recycling:

  • Old microwaveable plastic containers are great for making Easter baskets;
  • Empty liquid soap bottles can be crafted into dolls and other toys;
  • Tissue rolls tube are great for crafting decoration items;
  • Old clothes can turn into reusable or even rags for the kitchen

We all know why we should recycle – it’s really important for the planet. Luckily, as these recycling tips have demonstrated, living a more sustainable lifestyle isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Remember – you don’t need to make big or expensive changes to make a difference. Sometimes, the smallest changes can have the biggest impact, helping us all to do our part for the environment.

Top Tip

It’s something that many of us have heard of, but what are the 3Rs ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ all about? The ‘3 R’s’ are about helping regular people all over the Philippines to easily practice sustainable living at home, ensuring they do their part for the environment. It’s a simple, 3-stage process that focuses on minimizing waste output and energy consumption by reducing what we use, reusing what we produce, and recycling what we cannot sensibly reuse in the home.