It's a great message and I love the philosophy. However I don't believe it is enough. I have a favourite 'R' and believe we should reuse, reuse, reuse. By reusing, we automatically reduce our rubbish and conserve energy. Recycling is great in theory, and certainly better than throwing our rubbish away willy nilly, but items can't be one hundred percent recycled and they use a lot of energy in the process.
Let me give you a couple of examples of the reuse that happens in this house. Last week I dealt with a pure wool top. I received it second hand from a friend. It was so badly moth eaten as to be unwearable. Rather than throw it in the bin, I cut it into cloths to use for cleaning. Today I cooked pumpkin soup and all my scraps were placed into the chook bucket for the chooks to pick over. Anything not eaten by them can decompose in situ rather than become land fill. My chook bucket itself was gifted to me by a friend when she saw the jealous longing in my eyes as I gazed at her chook, compost and worm buckets on her bench. Old yoghurt buckets of a good size with nifty little handles!
I also needed to buy milk in containers last week. Due to a test I needed I wasn't allowed to drink full cream milk. Ouch! This goat milker who hasn't needed throwaway milk containers for a couple of years! The upside is, I will use these cartons for soap moulds. Perfect!
Recently I've had cause to think about my shopping choices. A win really. Years ago I bought the children drink bottles. The dilemma! I was sick of throwing away plastic drink bottles which harboured so much bacteria that they were no longer usable. This was back in the dark ages (pre homeschooling) when the kids were at school and the rule was, they were to have sipper bottles to avoid spillage. Fair enough really because the rule allowed children to have their water on their desks.
After much searching, I decided on stainless steel bottles for them. I was apprehensive about my decision because the production of stainless steel products has a greater negative effect on the environment so is only beneficial if you get years of use from them.
|The lovely new bottle for the giveaway|
I'm happy to report that three years later after many bottles of water we are still using two of them. I'm not quite *ahem* sure where the third one is. These were pretty clever drink bottles. They have a silicon insert for the sipper part and a straw, and you can buy replacement parts. After being shoved under car seats, being lost behind the couch for a week or two, being left in the bottom of a bag for days after a day trip, they were getting pretty manky! At first they washed up well but over time they just weren't coming clean enough. It was wonderful to be able to hop online and buy the parts that I needed from Biome. The sipper part and the straw can both be purchased separately which is perfect.
I would love more people to find ways to reduce the rubbish they create and, guess what?! Biome kindly agreed to supply a bottle for a giveaway. The Funtainer drink bottle is 335ml and the replacement parts can be purchased online from them as well. The winner will be randomly chosen. I thought I'd number the comments and get the kids to pull one out of a hat rather than an online selector.
|Belle's well used and perfectly functional drink bottle with a lovely clean sipper straw|
Good luck. Happy reusing.
*I'm not receiving any kick back for this post. I just think it's a great product and was delighted that Biome were happy to support a giveaway. I am considering becoming an affiliate with them in the future.*