Reduce – to limit the amount of our consumer purchases or to buy 2nd hand.
Reuse – finding other uses for items we no longer need, limiting the need to throw out those items.
Restored – old stuff becomes new again with a coat of paint, glue etc and some love.
Recycled – turning unwanted items into new items that we do need.
Rescued – my new ‘R’ word. Rescuing items, other people throw out and giving them a ‘second life’.
These children’s toys where left on the curb, destined for the tip – for landfill. I still intend to give them a new coat of paint and love (to restore them). In the meantime they are outside but under cover, near our clothes line. Our Little One now plays with these rescued toys, as her Mummy hangs out the washing.
Brand new is rarely better. Our belief that new is ‘king’ is robbing our Earth of natural resources, our back pockets of funds and our minds of fun and creative solutions.
Do you get what I mean?