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Reduce

Definition

Reusing means minimizing our ecological footprint by changing consumption habits and reconsidering the need for product ownership.

Reducing

  • Plan consumption and purchase of perishables to minimize discards due to spoilage and non-consumption
  • Implement sustainable purchasing that supports social and environmental objectives as well as local markets where possible
  • Minimize quantity and toxicity of materials used
  • Minimize ecological footprint required for product, product use, and service provision
  • Choose products that maximize the usable lifespan and opportunities for continuous reuse
  • Choose products that are made from materials that can be easily and continuously recycled
  • Prioritize the use of edible food for people
  • Prioritize the use of edible food for animals

Guiding Questions

  • What supports the use of less material and less toxic material?
  • How can we reduce the amount of waste we create?