Waste prevention happens before a material or product has become waste at all.
Thinking about waste prevention starts before you buy a product, before you make a purchase decision. It is primarily about planning or changing the way you plan many and different activities in life, which should include an important goal from the very beginning – to prevent waste.
Here are some examples of thinking along these lines:
Instead of printing and sending out hard copies, I use email.
Instead of buying products wrapped in multiple paper packaging, I opt for products without any wrapping and packaging.
I use linen instead of paper napkins.
Instead of making flyers and posters, I use online advertising.
- Instead of plastic or paper, I use canvas bags,
- I exchange used clothing with my friends, neighbours, relatives, acquaintances, or I donate them to the less fortunate,
- I buy reasonable quantities of food – I don’t buy excessive amounts because I know it will spoil and I will have to throw it away later,
- I use reusable products,
- I don’t use disposable products,
- I choose a reusable glass bottle instead of disposable plastic packaging.
I buy household appliances or devices that use rechargeable batteries.
I will repair a defective appliance instead of shopping for a new one immediately.