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The Six Rs
Transcript of The Six Rs
Repair Reuse Repair Recycle Refuse Reduce Rethink Reduce
Rethink Reducing the amount of material used in a product helps preserve that resource for the future, making it more sustainable. By using less of a material, less has to be mined or processed, meaning that time, energy and resources are saved. We are now using materials more effectively so that we can still achieve the same results but with less material used. As time progresses, often new, better ideas are made which allow products to be changed so that they are more environmentally friendly. A better solution could allow resources to be saved. Another way of rethinking is to think twice before throwing something away. For example, could this shirt be given away to charity instead of being thrown away and wasted? Or could this old shelf be broken up and made into something else? By thinking twice before we throw things away, we can save resources. Another example of recycling is the process used to make paper. After paper is used, it is broken down again to new paper. The new paper is of lower quality but the process can be repeated several times until the paper is too mushy to be broken down and reused. Recycling means using the materials in a product again, to make another product. For example, glass bottles can be recycled by being melted down and made into new glass bottles. By recycling, old materials can be reused a number of times and this saves resources, making them last longer. Reusing is similar to recycling, but the product usually remains whole rather than being taken apart or melted down and the materials used in new products. By repairing, we can use things for longer and do not need to buy new things. This saves resources and also extends the life of the product, making it more useful for us. An example is repairing an old bike rather than throwing it away and buying a new one. An example of this is reducing the amount of plastic in packaging, by making boxes smaller and more compact, or by replacing the plastic with more sustainable materials. From This To This By refusing to buy products that are not environmentally friendly, the demand decreases and it makes the manufacturer search for better, more environmentally friendly solutions. For example, a plastic mineral bottle could be reused again and again rather than being thrown away after the water is drunk. Life Cycle of Paper Life Cycle of Paper