Low Impact 30

Understanding Your Wasteful Habits and How to Tackle them

 
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The Challenge

The aim of this challenge is to try and learn about your own behaviours. How and why you waste, and then using that information critically analyse those results. Research will be your biggest asset because it will give you the information to understand what you have available to you and what you can reasonably reduce in your life. For example, you may have farmers markets or a bakery near you that you didn’t realise, where you can buy at least a few of your weekly groceries unpackaged. Remember this is about doing your best, not about being perfect. Or you may even decide to learn how to make bread yourself, along with various other foods, toiletries, or even clothes that you love but cannot find in any eco friendly packaging.

So where to start? Always with you, and always with the 6 R’s that embody the core sustainability values:

  1. Refuse 2. Reduce 3. Reuse 4. Repair 5. Recycle 6. Rot

 

 

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 We would also like to offer Borrow as one as we have found that it has been a life saving rule to live by. It helps to ensure we don’t buy ‘new’ or even second hand things. Over the years we have found ourselves in a position where we had ‘nothing’ to wear to a party or a wedding, but have been lucky enough to call upon family and friends to borrow something that would only have been worn once and then give back without producing any waste.

So what do these mean? Well Refuse is at the top because living a less wasteful life starts with learning how to live with less, and also without. We are surrounded by choice every single day and being able to say no takes practice and a lot of unlearning bad habits. So here are the 6 R’s that we try to live by that encourage us to think before we do and therefore create as little impact as possible.