Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Sustainability means making wise use of our resources, such as water and trees, so that future generations have what they need.  This is more than simply recycling. 

First R - REDUCE

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

  • reusable bottles and bags
  • alternatives for gift wrap - fabric, reusable bags, part of the gift itself - towels, tablecloths, cloth diapers, etc.
  • reduce the paper mailed to your physical mailbox (bills, catalogs, coupons, fliers, mailers, etc.)
  • try reusable razors
  • use motion-activated lights
  • ride share
  • give up receipts, meeting documents no one reads, plastic drink lids and straws
  • switch to solar or wind power
  • print on both sides of the paper

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:

  • use a tire to circle the base of a tree
  • use plastic bags to weave mats for people in shelters
  • use old clothing for rugs
  • use the back of paper
  • purchase products made from recycled items - paper, pens, decking

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!