Do you know what will happen to the Earth or where humans will be in thousands of years from now? Obviously, you don’t…

But a plastic bottle you threw in the rubbish today will be there sitting in a landfill or floating in the ocean for thousands of years. It’s scary! Isn’t it?

There are billion tons of waste that is thrown in the thrash. The world’s dumps and landfills are fast filling up and very soon there won’t be any space left to dump waste. So, before you throw things in the rubbish, think about the 3Rs of waste management for a greener and better environment.

The 3 Rs — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle — have been around for a while now but haven’t been emphasized enough with the “green” word.

The importance of the 3 Rs

Companies target consumers promising them cool cars and diet sodas, but what they don’t promise is a greener planet to live in. That’s the hard truth.

People recycling
Group of people team with recycle project

Global warming, deforestation, pollution and other environment-unsafe activities have made Earth accumulate a lot of toxic waste. It’s high time that we express our love for our planet and act responsibly by imbibing these 3 Rs into our system.

1. Reduce

It’s the first step in waste management. Reduce, simply means produce less waste by using fewer resources.

Prevention is better than cure, after all.

It is the hardest step because reducing your resources means letting go of few better, bigger and finer things in life. You don’t need to completely let go of things, but you may as well reduce or look for greener options.

For example, when buying food packets, buy the ones that have less packaging materials. With electronics, buy products that are durable and long lasting and repair them instead of replacing them.

Also, employing recycling equipment such as trash compactor will help reduce landfill waste coming from industries and households.

Man carrying recycling to bin
Recycle responsibly

And let’s not forget about embracing minimalism. This is a perfect way to reduce stress and anxiety in your life, in addition to helping others and giving back to the less fortunate.

2. Reuse

Before you throw anything in the rubbish, think whether you can reuse it. If it has life left in it, squeeze it to extend its use. In a broader sense, reusing means lengthening the life of an item.

Although it sounds un-glamorous, you are actually avoiding the use of new resources for a while longer and preventing the old resources from falling in the waste system.

A few examples of reuse of resources are reusing a wrapping paper, donating cell phones, repairing your dish washer, updating your computer, etc.

This is also known as up-cycling. It’s a massive trend that continues to grow across the world and it also means people are getting extra creative and producing unique, hand-made products which look amazing from people’s rubbish.

3. Recycle

Of the three R’s, recycling has caught on the best. Thanks to the various recycling programs that have instigated people to be more aware about their environment.

Recycling means extending the use of a product by reprocessing or converting the raw material of the product for use in a new product.

Plastic is the biggest contributor of garbage in the world. Recycling the waste has a positive effect on the environment, so try to do your part towards making the environment green by learning the ways of recycling your waste.

The 3Rs Mantra in a Nutshell

Reduce – Limit the waste you are producing by buying products that have less packaging materials.

Reuse – Avoid disposable bags, cups or plates, rather use bottles or mugs that are reusable.

Recycle – All kinds of waste – paper, glass, electronic, plastic, etc. can be recycled into new products with the use of natural resources and less energy.

Now that we know the positive effect of reusing and recycling on the environmental & economic front, it’s important that people understand the basic concepts of the 3Rs and make an attempt to reduce, reuse and recycle as many materials as possible.

Not only will it save energy, but it will also save Earth’s resources. It will save the land and the oceans from the garbage overflow, and leave a place for us to live, sustain and grow.