At this point, we have to start to consider a few points, knowing that globally, waste treatment is not sustainable. There is a consumer mentality, created over the years, which has resulted in an exponential increase in the mass production of waste. It's also convenient for most consumers, by the way. It is estimated that more than two billion tons of waste are produced every year. Most of this waste ends up in landfills and oceans.
With this information, we should start focusing on the little things that we can change right away, and that make a difference! The 5 R’s model is perfect to help us reduce the amount of waste we produce on a daily basis, and / or give it as green a purpose as possible:
- Refuse (refuse) – If we don't need it, we don't accept it. Understanding that we don't need something at first is difficult. Learn to look at each item critically and assess whether it will be of use to us.
- Reduce – Weigh what we buy, and buy only what we really need.
- Reuse – If we can give a new life or new use to many things we have at home, why buy new? Example: glass jars – wash, remove the label, and it looks great in any kitchen or pantry to preserve what we buy in bulk. Pull from your imagination!
- Recycle (recycle) - Everything that we cannot reuse, or refuse, must be placed in the correct recycling bin, to be properly recycled.
- Rot (compost) – Did you know that the decomposition of organic matter in landfills leads to the production of methane, which is one of the causes of the greenhouse effect? Composting: this is one of the points that unfortunately is difficult to apply in an apartment. We have to be creative: here at home, we place organic waste during the week in a container with a lid, and deliver it to the Quinta Courela dos Pegos, close to our house (by the way, their hampers are crying and João is a sweetheart).