Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse…huh!?
Yep, you did read it correctly. The classic three R mantra has a little something added to it. In my last blog, I mentioned the lengths that my dad has gone to with recycling. In all honesty, I could do an entire blog entry titled “Dad’s Recycling Practices: My ultimate goal” and I am not ruling it out as a possibility, but I am limiting this short blog post to spreading the word on his ideology.
All three words listed in the classic recycling mantra: REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE are worth practicing . At my dad’s suggestion, I want to add REFUSE. The application of refusal goes back to my very first blog entry titled “conscious decisions”. By choosing to refuse (a wonderful little rhyme I might add!), you are sending a clear message of active disagreement. With a single shake of your head, you are telling the store that you do not want another plastic shopping bag. And, in effect, you are stopping the cycle right there. No recycling needed. No reusing required. By dining at the restaurant that chooses to purchase their food from local farmers and vendors, you are refusing to eat at restaurants that are not part of this sustainable system. And, by purchasing delectable morsels of free-trade chocolate, you are sending the global message that you value fair wages and will not purchase from companies that don’t subscribe to these practices.
Don’t forget to reduce, reuse and recycle, but make sure that you remember to choose to refuse!