Reusing essentially is employing activities to lengthen the life of a product. If you own a product, it is important to create a need to reuse it before trashing it off. Why is reuse so important? Why can’t you just use and throw stuff?
Well here’s answering your question:
- We are creating a dangerous waste stream that is only spiralling. Reuse hence, keeps products and materials off the waste stream for a longer time.
- Reuse advances source reduction. Fewer raw materials are used to produce fewer items because replacement products reduce.
- The embodied energy that was used to manufacture an item is preserved when it is reused.
- Making a new product always contributes minutely or significantly to air and water pollution. When the need to manufacture new products reduces, it brings down pollution levels too.
- Reuse accomplishes the goal to support a productive economy more effectively than recycling because product reuse reduces the strain on valuable and limited resources of mother earth such as fuel, water supply, and forests.
- Product reuse creates a chain of affordable supply of goods (often of good quality), so more people gain access to them.
- The money spent on purchasing an item and then its disposal costs are greatly reduced when the items are put up for reuse.
- Most importantly, individuals and organizations are better enabled to access resources that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to acquire because of product reuse.
Sustained growth in reuse efforts will go a long way in building a better world for our present as well as our future generations. Passing on collected goods to others with little or no processing is the best we can do to safeguard our planet.
If the reasons are enough to make you want to start reusing (big things start small), here’s how you can take positive efforts:
- Repair items than can be repaired. Just a little fixing up will give the product new life and save you money. Before thrashing every single item in your house, ask yourself if it could be fixed if you tried.
- Some items that are beyond repair can still be handed over for remanufacturing. The manufacturer takes the product, breaks it down and rebuilds it using some of the original parts and a tad bit of new raw material.
- If the product is in good condition, rent it out. There may be several out there who desperately need products that you consider obsolete. Renting products are the easiest way for some to access items they cannot afford to own. What’s more, if you rent things you don’t use, you earn a little extra bucks while making space in your home.
- You can choose to donate your stuff (that is collecting dust in your home and you don’t wish to use it). Some rental companies such as SabRentKaro run special programs for people stuck in natural calamities wherein they can rent things for free for limited periods of time. Helping someone in need is better than any satisfaction a new product can bring.
- You can even choose to get things for yourself on rent rather than investing in new products. That way you can try before you buy or better, choose not to buy later because the rental sufficed your need!
There you go! Conserving the planet is easier than you think. Happy reusing.