…Rethink, Refuse, Rot

The global climate change crisis is a real problem. Regardless of who caused it, how & why: it’s still a problem. A problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

We’ve all heard the mantra of environmentalists: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It began in the 1970s & since then we’ve added more: Refuse, Rethink & Rot.

Reduce

Reducing the amount of everything that you consume is the first step in reducing your carbon footprint. It’s the first and foremost of the Rs, because as we do the others we are also reducing our impact on the environment.

Reuse

Reusing whatever you can to avoid buying something new to do the same thing is a great way to save money & the environment. You can reuse plastic shopping bags for small waste bins, or turn old t-shirts into craft smocks or garage rags. Another great way to reuse is to donate what you can. You’re not reusing it, but someone else is & that’s all that matters.

Check out this short video to learn more about reusing.

Recycle

Recycling is a major talking point for environmentalists, but a lot of people are generally very confused about what, how & when to recycle:

The EPA has an entire set of resource web pages regarding recycling, from FAQs to the not so frequently asked questions. Tho these are good guidelines to follow, it’s important to check with your local recycling center to see what they accept, how & when.

Refuse

Refusing to purchase products from companies that don’t have recyclable and/or reasonable packaging is an easy way to refuse to add to the problem.

Rethink

Rethinking your needs & wants, and place in the world will help you reduce, reuse, recycle & refuse your way to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Rot

Last, but not least: The only one syllable R in this mix will not be ignored. Composting, mulching & feeding wildlife are all viable ways of discarding biodegradable waste.

The basics of composting are actually quite simple. You need to right balance of browns (dry material, like leaves), greens (new material, like food) & water. Good compost is equal parts browns & greens in alternating layers with just enough moisture to help break everything down.

Where to keep your compost pile depends on your living situation. If you have space to do it outside, great! If not, there are community & indoor composting options as well.


It’s already too late for too many species. It’s already too late for those permanently affected by pollution. It’s already too late for the glaciers that have melted.

We missed the opportunity to save what we’ve already lost, and we will lose more, but we don’t have to lose everything.

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