Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

First R - REDUCE!

Before worrying about recycling, first try to reduce the amount of waste you produce.  Here are some ideas?

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Alternatives for gift wrap - fabric, reusable bags, part of the gift itself - towels, tablecloths, cloth diapers, etc.
  • Stop the junk mailed to your physical mailbox (coupons, fliers, mailers, etc.)
  • Try reusable razors
Have items to add to this list? Email us!

Second R - REUSE!

There are so many ideas for reusing everyday items.  Here are just a few:

  • using tires at the bases of trees
  • using plastic bags to weave mats for people in shelters
  • using old clothing for rugs

Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas and email us if you would like some ideas added to this list.

Third R - RECYCLE!

Finally, if you have items that you can't reuse, dispose of them properly. First, see if there is a way to recycle them. Recycling is such a big topic, we have an entire section on it here:  sustainable-campus/campus-recycling

If your goal is Zero Waste, please email us to share your progress with other Cardinals!