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Sustainable Living

The Goal of Zero Waste is to have a circular economy where there is no such thing as rubbish so that we are copying nature. There is no rubbish in nature. So instead of disposing of resources, we create a system where all resources can be put to use in one capacity or another.

Birdhill Zero Waste Tips:

Tip 1. Buying Less is the Number 1 thing you can do in order to have less waste. Ask yourself 4 questions before purchasing:
a. Do I really need it?
b. Is it absolutely necessary?
c. Can I make do with something I already have?
d. Do I need to own it? Could I rent or borrow it?

Tip 2. Buy with Thought. Before buying, ask yourself?
a. Can I find it second hand?
b. Can I source it locally?
c. Could I borrow it from a friend?
d. Is it made to last and can it be repaired?
e. When finished with it, what can I do with it?

Tip 3. Refuse disposable straws every time you order a drink. FACT: Plastic straws cannot be recycled & take up to 200 years to decompose!

Tip 4. Give up bottled water and use a stainless steel one. There is one on the market designed in Ireland.
FACT: It takes 3 litres of water to manufacture a 1 litre bottle of water!

Tip 5. Use a reusable coffee/tea mug/cup rather than countless disposable ones for your caffeine fixes. Many outlets are offering discounts when you do so.
FACT: In Ireland, it is estimated that we dispose of over 200 million of theses disposable every year!

Tip 6. Aim to purchase the large cardboard version of detergents rather than the plastic pods or tablets in plastic packaging. The cardboard box can be recycled.

Tip 7. Pour unused liquids into containers with lids instead of covering a pouring spout with cling film.

Tip 8. Place sandwiches in lunchboxes instead of wrapping with cling film

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