First it was the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Then it was the 5Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. But with the new challenges our society faces nowadays the new concept of 7R was created. It represents 7 steps and their order that you need to go through each day to minimize your personal negative impact on the environment. 7Rs aim to make your consumption more thoughtful. Conscious consumption is a basic eco-friendly approach. It is about asking questions and searching for the best solutions. So…
𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗞 your attitude towards shopping and consumption in general. Ask yourself: Why do I need this purchase? Do I need it at all? Is it good value for money? Will it bring me joy for a long time? Is it long-lasting, eco-friendly? What impact will it have on the environment and health?
𝗥𝗘𝗙𝗨𝗦𝗘 things you don’t need or want. It can be free samples, unnecessary gifts, extra packaging, etc. Refuse single-use things, replacing them by reusable ones. Georgia offers many options to buy food items in bulk in your reusable bags/containers. Refusing unnecessary things will also save you money that you can spend on something more valuable for you.
𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗔𝗜𝗥 things you already own. Free yourself from marketing network of fast fashion and global brands trying to sell you new items when you don’t really need them. Take care of things you already own and repair them if necessary. There are a lot of options here: sewing ladies who can fix your clothes, shoe repairs, home appliances repair shops, etc.
𝗥𝗘𝗗𝗨𝗖𝗘 your consumption. Our consumption oriented culture screams that you need to buy new things all the time. But in fact, you don’t really need all this stuff to feel happy. Do you really need that 10th pair of jeans or another t-shirt? Just imagine how much energy and water was spent to produce them. Speaking of energy, don’t forget to switch off the light in the room when you leave and turn off all your home appliances when not in use.
𝗥𝗘𝗨𝗦𝗘 everything that is still good and working. Reusing what you already have saves you money and resources of the environment. It also prevents litter from piling up in the landfills. Find new life to wine bottles and corks, glass jars in the kitchen and old t-shirt (that can become a good cleaning cloth). Reusing is also about sharing. You can swap clothes and other stuff at SWAP-parties and participate in sharing projects like Airbnb, AiCar • აიქარი and other.
𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗬𝗖𝗟𝗘 everything that is recyclable in Georgia.
Recycling is an important step of reducing the amount of waste you create and also supporting circular economy that uses already existing materials without producing new ones. Please find the closest collection point on this map.
𝗥𝗢𝗧 organic waste you create. It can be from 30 to 50% of all waste you create. What is organic waste? Food scraps, brown paper, textile, leaves and pieces of plants and flowers. In the landfill this waste releases very harmful greenhouse gas – methane, while composting it you can end up with amazing and all-natural fertilizer. More on the composting options in Georgia soon!
7 things at once may feel a little bit overwhelming at times. But if moving gradually from one to another at your comfortable pace you can easily bring real change in your life and environment around you.