Agustina Bluthgen / 08/16/2021
Easy Ways To Start Your Circular Economy At Home
You might now have heard of the concept of a circular economy. The biggest takeaway is that we are all part of the solution. There’s a lot each and every one of us can do to combat climate change. You don’t need to devote your life to recycling, or join an NGO, even though you are more than welcome to do it if you want to! There are some easy good practices you can start from the comfort of your couch. The best way to help is to start your very own circular economy at home!
One of the ways to address your rate of consumption is definitely to consume less. Think twice about buying new clothes or accessories. When you’re buying something, think about how and how many times you’ll use it. Many of us consume far too much, without being conscious about it. A circular economy focuses on better use of natural resources. Cutting the use of single-use plastic bags is common practice in many countries. It’s important that we all take part in it, not only our governments. Try to bring your own bag with you while shopping, for example.
Another way to start your own circular economy at home is to consume better. Read the labels and be conscious of the products you buy. There are always versions of products that are produced in more sustainable ways or that can be recycled. Better consumption also refers to the products we consume. Some of them are way more pollutive than others. For example, shifting to a plant-based diet will help you reduce your carbon footprint.
Your circular economy at home also includes how you come and go. Carpooling is very popular among working parents that can’t always drive their kids to school. How about also carpooling to work? Taking public transportation such as trains and buses also helps reduce your carbon footprint. If possible, riding a bike or even rollerskates, walking is great exercise and helps save the planet.
Reusing is also an easy way to encourage your circular economy at home. It is important to reuse all or part of any products that have come to the end of their useful life. Think twice when you are about to throw something in the trash. Plastics, for example, are not only damaging but are also difficult to reduce in parts. Think of ways to reused plastic containers. You can sanitize them and reuse them in the kitchen, bathroom, or even to make toys for kids and pets!
When it comes to a tool, you can first think about repairing it. You can do it yourself or take it to a professional. It is important to consider refurbishing before getting rid of something. Do you have a pair of shoes with a broken sole, or an old smartphone with a chipped screen? You can even bring new life to old furniture that no longer fits your style
Many NGOs, associations, recycling centers, and even individuals may help you. You can donate your old clothes, books, toys, electronic devices, anything you no longer want or can’t find a new use for. Someone who needs it will come along and your item will not contribute to the landfill.
Finally, another way of collaborating with the circular economy at home is recycling. You don’t need to set up a recycling center at home, but you can make it easier by carefully sorting your waste. Almost any material can be recycled and be used as raw materials to make new products. You can also think about recycling your organic waste by composting it. As you can see, there are various ways in which you can help the planet right from your home. All it takes is one change in habits at a time!
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