Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Green recycle symbol

Reduce, reuse, recycle (also known as R3) is a widely accepted waste management method designed to reduce the total use of environmental resources and lessen humans' carbon footprint on earth.  

Reducing involves limiting purchases and accummulation; consequently reducing the amount of waste produced. Reduction strategies include buying used products; avoiding disposable products; renting or borrowing in place of new purchases; and phasing print mail out of your life.

Reusing products makes both environmental and economical sense. Reusing strategies include buying used goods, reusing products such as bags for the same purpose, repairing broken products instead of buying new ones and borrowing or sharing infrequently used items such as decorations.

Recycling refers to processing, treating or converting an object into reusable materials. Commercial products made from recyclable or recycled materials almost always contain a symbol on their packaging. Buy these products instead of conventional ones. You can also practice recycling by collecting recyclable materials such as old electronics in your house and dropping them off at a collection center. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Is there a reason toothpaste has to be in a box?

Why it's so hard to fix stuff that needs repairing

What to do with the stuff that doesn't spark joy

19 ways to stop creating unnecessary trash

What to do with your used Christmas tree? Paint the house with it

9 ways to resist the siren call of consumerism

7 bizarre Christmas tree displays

Starbucks proves you can recycle coffee cups

Don't let the name Unicorn Spit fool you

In Istanbul, your recyclables can reduce your subway fare

Used oyster shells are saving New York Harbor

Why we need to be smarter about recycling