Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
Waste hierarchy models are changing to reflect a primary imperative to reduce our patterns of consumption and then, lastly, to recycle what we can.
The inverted pyramid model starts with a call to REDUCE our consumption in everything we do, whether energy use or purchasing goods. Drawdown* rates reducing food waste as the #3 solution out of 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming. drawdown.org
Nowadays, you can be mindful as well as fashionable about REUSE by shopping for vintage clothes and scoring thrift shop finds. You can support green and sustainable industries by using products made from recycled goods – such as outdoor Trex decking made from 95% recyclables.
At the bottom of the pyramid is the last option, which is to RECYCLE. Recycling rules are changing. Use the recent restrictions on plastic packaging as a chance to develop new shopping practices – such as buying more in the bulk foods section.
Lend Me A Plate – A volunteer project by SOMRA (Southern Oregon Master Recyclers in Action) Lend Me A Plate (LMAP) provides an alternative to the use of paper, plastic, and styrofoam products at events such as weddings, reunions, meetings, parties, or memorials, whether in a public or private setting. LMAP’s service is free of charge to Ashland and Talent residents.