Waste Reduction | May 10, 2021

It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people.~Unknown

According to Joshua Becker, the founder of Becoming Minimalist, the most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy. 

The management of natural resources is a crucial focus of sustainability. Reduction in the amount of waste generated saves the raw materials, energy, and water that businesses could have used for product manufacturing and saves the cost of purchasing new items. Buying what you need or reusing items will save you money and provide a more sustainable future for your children in the coming years. As the title suggests, the less we waste, the less humanity will need in the future. 

Did you know that reducing the amount of waste we produce can significantly impact the Environment? Interestingly, reusing an item can save about 20 times as much energy as recycling it. Environmental sustainability requires making wise choices. We can prevent waste from happening if we reduce the products we buy and increase our reusables. Small actions like preferring reusable items over disposable ones can make a HUGE difference. First, find out what products you usually waste and then match that with more sustainable alternatives.

I prefer long-lasting effects. Never refuse to reuse. Choose products with less plastic packaging. I am maintaining and repairing broken items instead of replacing them. Donate, borrow and share things. Rethink what you need. 

Waste reduction aims to improve environmental sustainability by redirecting the waste out of the economic system and substituting raw material inputs. This integral cause needs the attention of both individuals and society as a whole. 

Haste Makes Waste;
Michael T. Thomas