Thursday March 12

Lend ladders, mowers, share shopping trips and trade things in your community to reduce unnecessary purchasing.

“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42

We fill our houses with too much stuff that we only use very rarely. Rather than buying your own, borrow and lend ladders, mowers, drills and other equipment. Share shopping trips. Look at your cupboards, why not give away or sell on gumtree or ebay those items have been sitting un-used for years. Your rubbish is someone else’s treasure. This is a good way to get to know some of your neighbours as you share equipment. The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy: raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money.

  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials;
  • Saves energy;
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
  • Saves money;
  • Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and
  • incinerators;
  • Allows products to be used to their fullest extent.

Reducing and Reusing Basics

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