RETHINK

Consider your consumption habits before purchasing and make wise informed choices. Rethink ownership

Ask: Do I really need this? Do I already have it? Can I borrow it? Can I get it locally and from sustainable sources?

Act: Choose to open your mind to new ways of purchasing, be a citizen, not a consumer, get rid of the take-make-waste mentality. Before purchasing a product, investigate options to purchase a more sustainable response. 

REFUSE

Consider ways to respect and protect Mother Earth's resources. Find ways to NOT waste, purchase goods choices that do not generate waste. Just say no. Single-use plastic. non-recyclable packaging.

Ask: Does this product have the quality I need? Is it well made? Is it beautiful enough to please for a long time? Does it match my company’s ethics? Are there chemicals involved?  Does it use too much packaging?

Act: Choose to not generate waste. Buy products you cherish. Buy higher quality and make it last. One good product instead of four, this way you can pay four times about it.

 REDUCE 

Consider Instead of planning to just recycle, choose to reduce your consumption. Make decisions that decrease waste. the resources used to manufacture, package, transport, and dispose of products.  

Ask: How can I use less paper? Are there ways to reduce my power .usage? Are there leaky water faucets to fix?  

Act: Reduce consumption 

REUSE

  • Consider things we have acquired AND no longer use - could be household or kitchen items or clothing. Find ways to reuse them and give them a new life.  

  • Ask: Does this item still have life in it? Can this resource (paper, water, product, material) be reused? 

  • Act:  Make the choice to expand the shelf-lives of products. Make a rag or dishcloth out of an old t-shirt. Give your stuff away to friends or a place that upcycles, donate reusable items to thrift shops or to SCRAP www.scrap-sf.org 

  • 5. REPAIR

    • Consider repairing broken, torn or worn products before buying new. Before purchasing a product, investigate options to purchase it as a service; office printers is an example.

    • Ask: When purchasing, ask is this product easily repaired? Is it durable?  

    • Act: Fix ripped clothing, broken toys and office equipment.

  • 6. ROT

    • Consider Composting puts nutrients back in the soil and avoids exuding methane in landfills.

    • Ask: Is this compostable? Can I eat kitchen scraps or collect them for soup stock?

    • Act: Cook food scraps such as carrot, radish and beet greens for soup stock. Reduce food waste https://foodprint.org/blog/zero-waste-cooking/

  • 7. RECYCLE

    • Consider: Only as a last resort consider recycling.

    • Ask: Can I find a place that will recycle this?

    • Act: Do "dumpster-dive" in your landfill/black bin to find items to be recycled.