Go Green #9: Refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle


Read about the five R’s and why you should make them your new green lifestyle guidelines. ​Rapsmark


By thinking a bit more about saying no to what doesn’t suit your or the environment’s wellbeing you can become a much greener consumer. Give the stuff you buy and do an extra thought in advance. If you can begin to refuse stuff in favor of greener alternatives you’ve already come pretty far.


By reducing your consumption you become greener, and it might sound boring, we know, though it doesn’t necessarily mean compromise. As an example you can start by bringing down your consumption of cotton pads in your cleansing routine by using a washable cloth, or you can reduce your plastic consumption in the kitchen by using glass containers instead of single-use plastic bags. Start by implementing small, simple initiatives in your everyday life and advance as you get more experience and feel ready. Crumbs are bread too – remember this. 


Use what you have and buy less. Consider what you need and what you don’t need. 


Before throwing a thing away, try to reconsider its function and see if you can give it a new life. It can be everything from an empty jam jar that you give a new purpose, or a dress you deconstruct into a skirt – your only limit is your imagination, and it always gives a great feeling revisiting your old, hand-me-down stuff. 


Recycling is all about passing it on instead of destroying it. An example would be sorting your trash at home. Plastic, cardboard, paper, metal and food waste are the most common waste categories where great amounts of resources still hide. You can pass on these resources instead of just disposing of them. The same philosophy goes for your clothes – instead of just throwing it out you can donate it to charity. Here your clothes will be recycled – either by selling it or by reusing the fibers for new clothing or other purposes. 

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The five R’s overlap and complement each other in many ways and together they form the foundation of a green philosophy. Feel your way, experiment with the green mind set and remember that everything starts small and grows big over time – also your new, sustainable life style. Have fun! 

Rudolph Care 
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