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Theo Haslam

on 12 November 2012

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By Theo Haslam The 6 Rs Lots of unnecessary materials are used when creating products. Mainly in food packaging but also in many other things. The picture above is a good example as a banana is already packaged in a skin so therefore the plastic is a complete waist of time and money. Also the packaging is clearly too big for the banana which makes the packaging even more wasteful. Reduce -Is it possible to reduce the amount of materials used? This will help to protect valuable resources. Sometimes things can simply not be recycled as they have chemicals in them which cannot be mixed with glass bottles and jars. It is best to just donate them using one of the 6 R’s (reuse).
Although like glass if something cannot be recycled it can most probably be recycled in a different way. Refuse - This means not accepting things that are not the best option for the environment. For example, is the packaging really needed? People do not often like to simply reuse things. Especially if they have previously contained food or other products. But it can be very useful and effective for example in the picture above where plants are being grown in bottles. People rethink ideas all the time. An example of this is energy. All energy used to make alot of harmful gases however scientists have invented ways of making ‘clean’ energy such as wind and nuclear. Inventions like this all contribute to a greener planet. Rethink - Is there a better way to solve this problem that is less damaging to the environment? Reuse - Could the product have another use? Could its parts be used in other products? Is this information clearly communicated on the product? This will extend its life. In this age most household materials can be recycled and made in to new things. They can be made in to what they were originally, or another product of that material. An example of this is cans which are regularly recycled and made in to either more cans or other products. Recycle - Could recycled materials be used, or is the product made from materials that are easy to recycle? Repairing things is a very effective way of helping the environment. For example fixing a bike wheel instead of buying a new one and throwing the old one away is alot more cost effective. It also saves it from having to be put in a landfill. Repair - Is the product easy to repair? This will extend its life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability What is sustainability?
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