Getting To Know The 6 R’s Of Sustainability.

So as you know, we talk about the 3 R’s of sustainability - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But really, we can go 3 steps further to the 6 R's of sustainability.

If you’re just starting on your sustainability journey, then don’t worry! These are simple steps you can follow, so you don’t have anything to catch up on. When it comes to the next 3 R’s of sustainability - Rethink, Refuse and Repair, they are important pillars for reducing your waste and living a more sustainable lifestyle. These 3 R's are a lot less common but work alongside to make all 6 R’s come together.

So let’s break down each of the six R's, and how you can use them as cornerstones for a waste-conscious, sustainable lifestyle.

Rethink

We’ve all been shopping and been tempted to buy things that have caught our eye, or teased by adverts online which could have something on its way to you in a matter of clicks. But this is where RETHINK comes in. Getting into the habit and being strict with yourself when it comes to being tempted to buy unnecessary items will help you make healthier choices - for the planet and your bank account

We're not saying you have to think again any time you want to buy something, but when it comes to clothes shopping habits, take a little time first to put together some seasonal outfits you already own and work out what you need.

Refuse

This ‘R’ is about refusing to pay money for something that would end up generating a lot of waste, has a big carbon footprint or something that you won’t get any use out of. 

Freebies, buy one get one free offer and sale items can look attractive but is it something that will only bring you a minimal amount of use and a lifetime in the cupboard? Choosing the right companies to buy from who are eco-friendly and conscious about waste can help you limit how much you have to refuse by researching the companies. 

Reduce

Almost everything that we buy has a price for the environment. From where it has come from and how it's been made, to how it can be reused or where it will end its life? We dramatically need to reduce the amount going into landfills by finding eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items.

Reducing is all about cutting down on the things that you have. If you break the harmful habits of consumerism and adopt new habits to consume less for a while you’ll generally find you waste less too.

A few simple ways you can do this can be not washing your hair every day and buying quality products to make your hair fresher and longer. Also swapping to a concentrated eco-friendly washing liquid for your clothes means you use less and can refill at a local refill store cutting out more packaging.

Re-use

Investing in reusable alternatives compared to single-use products is a habit that can continue throughout life. This could be as simple as reusing shopping bags, using bamboo Tupperware and swapping to refillable alternatives and overall saving landfill sites and oceans from plastic waste.  

If you’re swapping to refillable jars you can even get creative and create aesthetically pleasing labelled jars for your washing liquid, laundry sheets, eco eggs, hand wash and so on. You can also use jars for pasta, grains, seeds, cereal and more.  

Repair

When you have little ones toddling around, keeping everything in perfect condition can feel like an impossible challenge. Maybe it’s not the children, but more the fact you’re juggling 3 things at once and accidents happen! Instead of sending any damaged items straight to the bin, think, is there anything you can do to repair it? Can it be used for anything else?

Youtube is your best friend when it comes to a little DIY. But if it’s a little more than a job you can take on yourself, decide if it would be cheaper to take it to a local repair shop than replace the item.  

As an example, a smashed vase could be turned into some mosaic coasters. Get creative! There are plenty of awesome things you can create!

Recycle

It's time to get serious about recycling. But even though we all know how important it is, it can be hard to figure out what exactly goes where when it comes to throwing things away. 

When all else fails, disposing of things sometimes has to be done. That’s why this ‘R’ is the last on the list! Make sure you have a look at your local council guidelines. There are also some smaller acts of recycling that you can do around your home which help more immediately. Recycling water from boiling pasta or rice to water your plants, or starting a compost heap, are some easy ways of doing more hands-on recycling.

Are You Feeling Ready To Welcome The 6 R's Of Sustainability Into Your Life?

We hope you've enjoyed this little crash course on the 6 R’s of sustainability. Remember: these are just tools to help you be your best sustainable self, and we're here for you if you have any questions or concerns about how to incorporate them into your routine, so feel free to reach out!

On the other hand, if you have any tips and tricks to share with us, please tag us on social media! We love to see what you’ve all been up to and share your tips with others.