Why is reusing important? First, every time you reuse a product you save the raw materials, production and transportation of a new one. Secondly, it is also better to try to reuse before you recycle as it saves the energy needed for the recycling process. Finally, you will save the space in landfill.
Many of you probably try already to reuse jam-jars, egg cartons and remember your plastic bags when doing a food shop, but are there any more impactful ways you can reuse? Well, we’re here to tell you that yes, there are.
Greywater is wastewater from showers, sinks, baths, washing machines and dishwashers which can then be used to flush toilets and irrigate gardens. It has been shown to reduce water usage by up to 40% and the system will typically pay for itself in three to five years. There are multiple different ways of using greywater, check out our blog post on it here.
Putting your waste to compost can be incredibly useful for many reasons: it helps to fertilise your garden; it reusing organic resources while conserving landfill space; it reduces the demand for commercial soil conditioners and fertilizers. Read our article here on how to properly compost to achieve the best results!
Instead of throwing away old furniture, consider upcycling it! It’s amazing what a fresh paint of coat can do and when it comes to upcycling you can experiment with different options at very little cost. You can't really go wrong! It is sustainable, cost effective and can be a great way to spend some spare time. If you no longer have room for the furniture in your house, make some money by selling it on Depop, Shpock or Facebook Marketplace.
Please get involved by letting us know whether you have tried any of the above or any tips you may have for reusing in the comments below!