The phrase 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' is commonly used when we talk about how to live a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. There are lots of different ways we can reduce what we use, reuse things before throwing them in the bin, and recycle what we don't need, but I thought it would be useful to share with you six more 'obscure' ways we can do these things and some cool apps to help along the way!
1 Reduce by Sharing Tools and Appliances
For items that we use rarely like bicycles, tools, or outdoor gear, consider sharing them with neighbours and friends to reduce the number of items you need to own. Not only does this reduce waste and help the planet out, but it also saves a few pennies!
The app Fat Llama is perfect for this as it allows you to safely borrow. You can even rent out your own underused items to your local community and earn some extra cash yourself! What's not to like?
2 Reduce by Using a Digital Library App
If you love reading but want to cut down on physical book clutter and paper, free apps like Libby are for you.
Libby connects your local library card and allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks!
3 Reuse by Sharing Unused Food with Olio
Olio is an INCREDIBLE platform for preventing food waste. You list your unused or unwanted food (for free) and somebody who can make use of it will come and collect it. It’s a win-win.
This fun, hassle-free app battles waste, encourages the reuse of items and brings neighbours together.
Did you know that 2 in 3 Olio-ers say sharing has improved their mental health?
4 Reuse Your Old Cereal Bags
Transform empty cereal bags into practical bags for storing leftovers or use as sandwich wrappers for your lunch.
They even make great bags for loose fruit & veg when shopping.
However, if you just want to recycle them, Co-op now accepts them!
5 Recycle Your Unworn Bras
Against Breast Cancer is an AMAZING initiative to prevent textile landfill waste.
Your unused or forgotten bras help support small African businesses and provide crucial funding for breast cancer research. It's a double victory!
With thousands of donation locations across the country, this fun, effortless scheme combats waste, promotes recycling and connects communities.
What a bra-illiant idea!
6 Recycle Hair to Help Clean The Ocean!
Yes, hair can be recycled! Hair salons often collect cut hair for composting or to make hair mats used for soaking up oil spills.
We can save our oceans… with HAIR. With hair hubs across the world, find out how you can help out HERE.
I hope you have found this helpful! Please don't hesitate to leave a comment if there are any other more obscure ways you can think of to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!