From the 7th to the 11th of September it is Zero Waste Week!
We have been sending out a Zero Waste Tip every single day this week and today is the last day! You can look back over all our previous tips here, our goal was to make them all really easily to do in your own home with no need to necessarily go out and buy anything, using what you have to reduce your waste.
Zero Waste Tip #5: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
For the final day of Zero Waste Week we wanted to remind you of the most important elements to get you closer to zero waste living. Usually referred to as the 5 Rs we have reduced it down to just 4 as we covered the 5th R, Rot, in yesterday's tip on Composting, read more about that here. These Rs should be followed in this order, Refuse first, then Reduce, next Reuse and finally Recycle.
Refuse: When you are out shopping refuse to buy single use plastics and avoid those last minute purchases that you don't actually need.
Reduce: Look at your current waste habits and work out what areas can be reduced. Use less, buy less, waste less.
Reuse/ Repurpose: You would be surprised what you can reuse and repurpose for something else. Reusing glass jars for food storage, upcycling metal cans for decorative plant pots.
Recycle: All the basics that can be recycled, should be recycled, paper, plastic, metals and glass. Donate old clothing and usable homewares, and look at how you can recycle broken electronics.
Supporting The Ocean Cleanup
This month Ocean Helper is donating 10% of profits to the Ocean Cleanup because we adore everything they stand for and do! The Ocean Cleanup is at the forefront of developing technology to help erase plastic from the ocean, with the most recent accomplishment being the launch of the Interceptor 4 which is extracting waste from one of the dirtiest rivers in the world. We suggest checking out their Youtube Channel to learn more!
Though today is the final day of Zero Waste Week we want to continue the celebrations, so we are having a 25% sale across our site all weekend! This is your chance to buy those reusables you might not have or get a gift to help your friends on their journey to reducing waste! Or maybe just treat yourself to an ocean inspired piece of jewelry.