An experiment in conscious living.

Commitment #1

“I will reduce, reuse and recycle. . . in that order.”

Recycling is synonymous with “going green” and waste is the enemy of sustainability so there really is no better place for me to start this journey. I’ve been recycling for so long that it is second nature. That’s the problem. I am so quick to throw a tin can or an empty cardboard box into the mixed recycling bin that I often forget to think of ways to reuse these things.

Why reduce, reuse and then recycle? By reducing your need for things like cereal boxes or plastic packaging you conserve resources and minimize your negative impact on our environment. If you just can’t seem to dodge the need for said things, consider your ability to give them a second life. Recycling should always be a last (not first) resort. Well, last, before the landfill that is. The landfill really is the last place you want to send anything.

If you have some time, read up on Hawai`i’s Zero Waste Plan. Simply put, “zero waste” means nothing goes to landfill. In Nature there is no such thing as waste. The outputs (waste) of one cycle are the inputs (food) for another. Plus, there really is no away. Our planet is a series of ¬†amazing, interconnected cycles and what goes around comes around. Meaning, we can only keep dumping so mindlessly before it comes back to bite us in the you-know-what.

Need to know what can be recycled and where? Both Hawai`i Zero Waste and Recycle Hawai`i are excellent resources that will help get you on your way. Also, stay tuned as I will continue to seek out clever ways to deal with the idea of waste throughout this project.

Join me in making this lifestyle commitment at Kanu Hawai`i.


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