Day 2. - Reduce...Just use less!
Summary: Live more simply; purchase and use less of everything so you can simplify your life. Read More
The first question to ask is “Do I really need this item"? Lowering our personal consumption and preventing waste (source reduction) means not just consuming less, but also throwing away less.
According to the EPA website: "Source Reduction refers to any change in the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of materials or products (including packaging) to reduce their amount or toxicity before they become municipal solid waste. Source reduction also refers to the reuse of products or materials".
Source reduction on a personal level requires us as individuals to pay attention to our purchases and how the manufacturer of items that we purchase follow source reduction practices.
Keep these filters in mind when considering a purchase:
Be sure to choose more durable and longer-lasting products from the beginning; Is this the highest quality choice?
How long is the product intended to last?
Are replacement parts readily available?
Purchase products with packaging that minimizes waste and toxins;
Extra & unnecessary packaging may include many sub-parts wrapped in plastics or separated by cardboard.
Does the manufacturer stuff paper or packing peanuts when just using a smaller container would suffice?
Buy products that use fewer raw materials, last longer, and/or can be used again. Single use products are a big problem and should be avoided whenever possible.
Does the manufacturer promote responsible design & production?