Reduce Reuse Recycle

Why?

Save Your Money

By constantly replacing disposable items, or always buying cheaply made products you spend a lot of money and it is not cost effective.

Cut The Waste – Cut The Chemicals

Disposable products are made from very harmful types of plastics, such as BPA, and harmful chemicals. Harmful chemicals are also used during manufacturing, for example bleach is used to make napkins white, this can then contaminate your food.

REDUCE – Tips On How To Use Less

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Why?

Did you know that 30 billion plastic bottles are thrown away every year? To produce that much plastic it takes 1.5 billion barrels of oil and it take the plastic 1000 years to decompose. Not only that, the really scary thing is that plastic bottles contain BPA, a type of plastic, which has been linked to cancer, neurological issues, diabetes, reproductive issues and many more. BPA leaks into the water in the bottle and then when you throw that bottle away, and it begins to decompose the toxins leach into the soil, this then effects the water supply, plants, animals and people. Scary right?

What’s The Alternative?

By buying a stainless steel water bottle not only will it save you a lot of money and reduce waste it’s also a lot healthier. Stainless steel doesn’t leak any harmful chemicals into the water that you drink. It’s a lot more durable, so lasts a lot longer and doesn’t wear out over time.

Make sure the bottle you buy is actually stainless steel and not the cheaper metal, aluminium. Aluminium has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

Reusable Bags

Use cloth bags instead of plastic. They last longer and are better for both your pocket and the environment.

Reusable Razors

Why?

Money Matters – How many razors do you use in a month, or a year? What’s the total cost? How long does one razor typically last for? Think about it. How much of your budget could you free up and spend on more important things, such as family and friends?

Reduce Waste – The EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, estimated that Americans throw away 2 billion disposable razors every year! That’s just in America! That is a lot of waste.

Toxic Shaving – The Environmental Working Group looked at the shaving supplies that people use, not a single one on the whole list could claim that they had no health or ecological concerns. The chemicals and fragrances used are both bad for our health, our skin and the environment when we throw them away.

What’s the Alternative?

Razors

There is an alternative to using disposable razors, by investing in non-disposable razors you will free up a lot of your budget for other things. Straight razors and safety razors are sharper and the results are a lot cleaner. If they are looked after properly they can last a lifetime.

Shaving Creams

Shaving after a hot shower or using a hot towel is just as effective, you also produce less waste as you are only using water.

If you still prefer to use something to help you shave a great alternative is either coconut oil, or aloe vera which help to moisturise and protect your skin.

After Shave

Coconut oil is moisturizing and naturally antibacterial.
Aloe vera is naturally antibacterial and aids in healing.
Essential oils, especially lavender, frankincense, are great for the skin irritation, minor nicks, have cleansing properties, and only require 1-2 drops.
For the cool effect after aftershave try a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.

Tissue box to bag dispenser

Plastic bottle to garden planter

Coke bottle to Go Pro float

Sauce bottle to pancake dispenser

Shoe holder to pantry organiser

Plastic bottle to watering can

Tube to chargers organiser

Jam jars to mugs

How much waste do you throw out every day? How much of it could be saved and put to another use? Challenge yourself and your family, how much can you recycle?

Food waste

Did you know that plants just love your food waste? Eggshells, fruit peel, vegetables all help give your plant the nutrients it needs to grow and be healthy. Plus during photosynthesis your plant absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen which will make the air in your house fresh and clean.

Here’s how to begin composting your food waste.

Get a small bucket with a lid. Put it somewhere in the kitchen where you can throw food waste into it easily.
Get a 4-5 gallon bucket with a lid and put it outside, near your back door, somewhere easy to reach.
When your kitchen bucket is full empty it into the big bucket outside and let the compost biodegrade.

Why can’t you compost this food waste?

They inbalance the otherwise nutrient-rich structure of other food and vegetation waste and breakdown slowly
They attract rodents and other scavenging animals
Meat attracts maggots
Your compost bin will smell!

How long does it take?

To make compost it takes about 3- 12 months to be ready to use on your plants. You can add the food waste directly to plants but it will smell and attract flies and possibly rodents, which no one wants.

How do I know when it’s ready?

You will know when it’s ready when it has a dark, rich colour and crumbles easily. You shouldn’t be able to see any of the original ingredient and should have an earthy smell. If your compost is still stringy or lumpy it’s not ready yet and needs more time.

How do I use it when it is ready?

You can add compost to your plants at any time of year, it won’t damage the plants or pollute the soil. Put the compost around the plant in a thick layer, worms will help the compost to meld with the soil.

What are the benefits of composting?

Helps the soil retain nutrients, water and air
Helps protect from drought
Helps soil to maintain a neutral pH
Protects the plant from diseases commonly found in the garden

Books

Don’t throw your old books away, think of all the other people who could read and enjoy them.

Gift them to other people.
Sell them on Amazon or eBay.
Use the pages as artistic gift wrapping
Shred them to use as your pet’s bedding.

Games, Music and Movies

Sell them on Amazon or eBay.

Electronics

E-waste in Nepal is becoming a big issue, with little education or conversation around the subject many people are unsure what to do when their electronics break and they can’t repair them.

Here’s why you shouldn’t just throw them away

Throwing your used electronics away is very dangerous, they contain very harmful chemicals that then leach into the soil and affect our plants and water source.
Burning them releases poisonous toxins into the air and contributes to pollution and is dangerous for the people breathing in the fumes.
The lead used in electronics contributes up to 70% of our toxic waste.
Because of the gold and silver in these electronics, we’re dumping an estimated $60 million of precious metal a year!

Luckily there are some easy steps that we can take to reduce this e-waste.

Extend Their Lifespan

When you’re looking to buy a new computer, phone, or tablet don’t go for the cheapest product, their lifespan is not long and before you know it you’ll have to buy a new one. Buy from trusted brands, do your research on how long the battery life is, read customer reviews on how the product performs, how long it typically lasts for.

Yes, it will cost more initially, but think about how much you will spend replacing or repairing the cheaper item and how much you will save by having a product that lasts a lot longer.

Consider having your electronics repaired, or parts replaced, instead of buying a new one. It will waste less material and save more energy.

If your laptop, tablet or phone isn’t as great as it once was consider giving it to a child. It can be easily wiped and used to play games or write school reports.

Can You Recycle Old Computers, phones and electronics?

Yes. Before you do that though ask around and see if anyone else can use them. Could you gift them to a school or community centre, is there an organisation who might need a computer, printer or scanner and not be able to afford it?

If you can’t gift it to someone try these other ideas.

Doko recyclers based here in Nepal gives cash for trash. Check out their website.
Google your manufacturer, such Apple or HP: many will send you a box to mail it in for free or provide you with a local drop-off.

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