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The 5 R's to sustainability.

According to the 5 R's, four actions should be taken, if possible, prior to 'recycling': refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and then recycle. Incorporating this methodology into your business' waste reduction and recycling efforts will minimize landfill waste and help take your recycling program to the next level.
Step 1: Refuse
Talk to your procurement team about refusing to buy wasteful or non-recyclable products. When working with vendors, refuse unnecessary product packaging and request reusable or returnable containers. Making smarter purchasing decisions and setting standards and expectations early in the process makes it easier for organizations to “refuse” waste in the first place.
Step 2: Reduce
Reduce the use of harmful, wasteful, and non-recyclable products. Reducing dependency on these kinds of products results in less waste materials ending up in landfill and the associated negative environmental impacts.
Step 3: Reuse
Single-use materials have created a "throw-away" culture by normalizing consumer behavior of using materials once and then throwing them away. In an effort to reduce waste, reuse items throughout the workplace instead of buying new ones.
Step 4: Repurpose
For every item that can't be refused, reduced, or reused, try repurposing it. Many people in the green community refer to this method as upcycling. You may be surprised to learn how many common office products serve more than one purpose. Sometimes it requires using some creativity, but the possibilities are endless. We'd love to hear what products your business repurposes!
Step 5: Recycle
Last but definitely not least: recycle. Once you've gone through all of the other R's, recycling is the most environmentally friendly waste disposal method.

  • Evangeline Wanjiru

    16 w

    Keeping all these 5R's in mind we can all be able to shift the current trend and save our planet.

    • Sarah Chabane

      33 w

      Definitely! Steps 1 to 4 should pre prioritised :) you should add a picture to your post to make it more impactful!

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