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Circular economy - reuse/repurpose

Often products are designed for convenience without considering the waste they produce.

A linear economy is when manufacturers take a raw material, for example, oil, make something with it, (sandwich baggies), consumers use the product (in lunches) and dispose of it (throw it in the garbage).

In a circular economy, manufacturers take a raw material that is designed to be recovered (tin) or incorporate the disposal into their product design, make something (bento box), consumers use it (in lunches) and reuse it repeatedly (indefinitely or recycle it when it has reached the end of its useful life).

Waste reduction in action

Reduce your waste and rethink your buying habits.
By watching some of the videos below you can learn tips to create long-term savings and environmental impacts that will benefit the world around you.

  • Reuse and refill packaging, such as containers for condiments, body products like dish soap and bringing your own mug
  • Repair products instead of disposing of them such as textiles, furniture or an electronic instead of buying a  new appliance 
  • Borrow or rent (instead of owning)  that you don't use very often., i.e. a book, renting a sewing machine or borrowing a specialized cake pan 
  • Buying second hand is a great opportunity for a new outfit that is unique, and of higher quality at a discounted price