Recycling is not the solution – how reducing waste can change everything

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Recycling has become one of the recognizable symbols of environmental engagement and environmental protection. However, while recycling has its benefits and plays an important role in reducing the negative impact of waste on the environment, the truth is that recycling alone cannot be a solution to the global waste problem. Today’s society is trapped in unnecessary waste generation and then recycling of the same waste. While rapid consumption and uncontrolled pooling of resources often seem inevitable, the imperative of waste reduction is becoming a key factor in creating a sustainable future.

Our daily routine, consumption habits, and how we manage resources directly affect the health of the planet. For this reason, Sunce seeks to place waste reduction at the center of its mission. In addition to being a way to reduce the negative impact on the environment, waste reduction also encourages changes in mindsets and behaviors that are necessary to build a sustainable future. Every step towards reducing waste is a contribution to creating a cleaner and healthier environment for us and future generations.

Below are some practical examples of how you can reduce waste generation.

How to reduce waste in everyday life

Reduce the use of plastic bags

In addition to the classic reusable shopping bags, did you know that there are reusable bags for fruits and vegetables as well? If you don’t already have them, you can find them in larger stores in the fruit and vegetables department. You can use these bags over and over again in shops and markets. Their biggest advantage is that they replace very lightweight plastic bags – bags that are almost impossible to recycle.

Reduce packaging

Buy groceries such as rice, pasta, dried fruits, and nuts in stores that offer bulk goods and store them in your own reusable containers. Buy products without packaging such as solid shampoos and soaps. Other stores offer the option of buying products without packaging. Find out what they are! Also, on the market, there are various reusable options of everyday products: cotton pads, cotton buds, menstrual cups, napkins, diapers, razors…

reduce the use of packaging

Digital bills and documents

Instead of printing receipts and documents, save them digitally on your computer or in the cloud. Pay your bills via computer or cell phone. But, be careful not to create digital waste.

Compost organic waste

Grow your compost or separate biowaste into special biowaste containers to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Composting organic waste creates compost that enriches the soil with nutrients. You can use this compost instead of fertilizers when growing your garden or house plants.

Repair

Instead of throwing clothes with minor damage, learn basic repair skills, such as sewing holes or replacing buttons. Fix a broken device, take old shoes to the shoemaker… Repairing items extends their lifespan and reduces the need to buy new ones. This reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or requires recycling, thereby reducing the burden on the environment. At the same time, a repair can be more economically viable than replacing items with new ones, and often supports local craftsmen and small businesses. Find out where you can repair used items in Split here.

Visit second-hand stores and find high-quality clothes at cheaper prices. Look for the items you need on the resale website and social media. There are various groups on Facebook where people sell and exchange items with each other! Don’t forget about Sunce’s Swap Fair every first Tuesday of every month!

Store food properly and plan your meals

Each food has a storage method that allows it to have the longest shelf life, maintains its freshness, and prevents spoilage. Proper food storage helps reduce food waste. Also, plan what you’re going to cook and buy only the necessary groceries. Reduce impulsive shopping and keep up with shelf life. Store shorter-term groceries in a visible place in your cabinets and refrigerator to be used up on time.          

properly store food and plan meals

Use DIY cleaning products

Create your cleaners at home using simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon, and avoid buying products in plastic packaging.

Reduce printing

If possible, keep documents digital instead of printing them. If you have to print, use double-sided printing and recycle paper.

Do not forget that it is important to gradually introduce these changes into your everyday life to become permanent habits! If you want to adopt a new habit, it is recommended to set small, achievable goals, monitor progress, and have flexibility in approach to adapt to change. Each step like this, although small, contributes to reducing waste and preserving the environment. Join the waste reduction movement today and feel the power of every small change. Your daily decisions can shape our tomorrow.

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