“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a saying that has been circulated for years and is an easy way to encourage people to make a difference. However, there is another “R” that can make an even bigger difference to the planet… Refuse.
Refusing the flyer as you walk down the street, the map as you walk into the museum, the business card when you meet a new person all make an enormous difference.
While all these items are likely recyclable, by accepting them you are creating demand for more to be produced and accepting the resource cost to produce them in the first place. Everything we use in our day to day lives has an impact on our planet and by using the word “NO” more often and thoughtfully you can make a difference today!