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Reuse and recycling

Reuse and recycling

This guide shows you how to reduce your carbon footprint by reusing and recycling, inspired by "The Story of Stuff".

🌍 Understand your carbon footprint

First, you need to understand what a carbon footprint is. This is the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that you directly or indirectly cause through your activities. For example, when you drive a car, you directly generate CO2. But also when you buy a product that was manufactured and had to be transported to you, you indirectly contribute to CO2 emissions.

🔄 Start with reuse

Before you throw something away, consider if you can reuse it. For example, an old glass bottle can be a beautiful vase. Or an old t-shirt can become a cleaning rag. By reusing, you can reduce the need for new products and thus reduce your carbon footprint.

🗑️ Learn to recycle properly

Not everything can be reused, but many things can be recycled. Learn what materials can be recycled in your area and how to separate them properly. For example, paper and cardboard can be recycled in most areas, but they must be clean and dry.

👕 Buy used things

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy used stuff. Instead of buying a new t-shirt, stop by a thrift store. You'll be surprised what you can find!

🌱 Make compost

Kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peels can be composted. This reduces the amount of waste you produce and you get valuable fertilizer for your plants.

🚲 Use environmentally friendly means of transport

Try to leave your car behind as often as possible and walk, bike or use public transportation instead. This not only saves CO2, but also keeps you fit!

💡 Save energy

You can also reduce your carbon footprint by saving energy. Turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug appliances you're not using. Every little step counts!

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