Using What We Already Have
Take a moment and look around your house or even the room you are in. What do you see? The obvious answer will range anywhere from a chair to a soccer bag to a candle. But look closer at the little things. How can we take what we already have and make it go further? The ways in which we can do this are often simple but not always so subtle.We are all familiar with the 5 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle, Refuse and Repair. This article is about what should be the 6th R-Retain. Retain, meaning taking what we already have and getting more out of it. Here are 3 ways from when you get up in morning, while you are at work and when you arrive home.
Use Both Sides
For example, a bag of chips. Chip bags are not recyclable, as are most plastic bags of this type. This means we have two choices; throw the bag away or don’t buy them. But what kind of life would it be without potato chips! So, I guess we are throwing them out. The problem is the nature of the material causes them to expand and take up space (volumn) and air can get trapped in those spaces further increasing the size taken up. This is where the change in habit comes in. Keep a small pair of scissors near the garbage bin and every time you throw away a chip bag(or any non-recyclable bag), flatten it out and cut it up into strips. This will allow the other things you throw away to slide in around, and through the plastics strips you’ve created, increasing the area available in your garbage bag.
If We Have It, Use It Longer
Getting more in life doesn’t always mean accumulating more. Unfortunately, with the wealth of things available for us to purchase in our modern economy, we often fall into this trap. These are just a few of the many ways we can get more with less. Retain what you have and make it go further. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.