The Five R’s: Reduce

The Five R’s: Reduce

Today, we will talk about the second rule of zero-waste: reduce what we need. For us, this rule is one of the main ones together with refuse — that is, reject what we don’t need.

Do not use public transport or take a taxi if you can ride a bicycle. Try to brush your teeth, take a shower, and wash dishes with the minimum amount of water possible. Choose a product that will last for a long time instead of a disposable item. Do not buy excess. Buy enough food, but only as much as you need. Only buy as much as you need to meet my basic needs. Find comfort in the minimal. Only use the most essential things for happiness, joy, and life.

The concept of conscious consumption is wide and affects a reasonable economy, the price-quality balance, and our emotions about a purchase. We make a conscious purchase if:

  • We know why we need the product
  • The item adds value to our lives and brings joy in the long term
  • We check its composition and its impact on our health and the environment
  • The item has an adequate price-quality ratio
  • We think ahead about what will happen to the item when we’re done with it

In the beginning, you will be lazy when analyzing your needs because society has accustomed us to momentary purchases and flashy “Sale” and “2 for the price of 1” signs. But gradually, you will begin to feel your minimum and hear your needs, and not those imposed by advertising.

Shop with a clear understanding of the amount of money you can spend. Make a grocery list or even a menu for the week to make sure you only buy what you need. Reassess what you already have, and if you really want something, then postpone the purchase for a day. Things often seem to be very necessary when they really aren’t.

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