5 Simple Steps to Contribute to a Circular Economy

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Even though a completely waste-free circular economy is a grand vision, we can all contribute to conserving resources and reducing waste with small behavioral changes. Here are 5 simple steps for beginners:

1. Share and Rent Instead of Buying

Ownership is overrated – in many areas, we can share or rent items instead of buying them. Swap meets and rental systems are resource-saving alternatives to new consumption.

2. Stop Throwing Things Away

Do you really not need that old item anymore? Maybe someone else could still make good use of it. Give it away, donate, sell, or repair instead of throwing things away.

3. Focus on Durability and Quality

Whether it’s household appliances, clothing, or furniture – invest in high-quality products that last. This ultimately saves you money and resources.

4. Repair Instead of Replace

Use YouTube tutorials, repair cafés, or repair services to fix things yourself instead of replacing them.

5. Only as a Last Resort: Recycling

If a product could neither be repaired nor reused, professional recycling is the final step to return materials to the cycle.

Key Points

– We can all contribute to resource conservation in small ways
– Share, Repair, Reuse, and Recycle instead of Throwing Away is the way
– Conserve materials through conscious consumption and durability
– Recycling helps but is the last resort

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