The 5 R’s

Most often, when thinking about waste, which I know happens constantly, people think about the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. While these are definitely important there are 2 others that are often overlooked but equally as important. These are Rot and Rebuy.

Learn more about each of these important actions you can take.

Reduce
Reuse

Reuse

Recycle

Recycle

Compost

Rot

Rebuy

Rebuy

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  • […] The 5 R’s […]

  • 2. Jen CleanBin  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Sometimes I also hear people talk about another R – Refuse.

    Collectively, we have a lot of power as consumers.

    For example, if I have a choice between two electronic items and one comes in a plastic bubble and one comes tied to a piece of cardboard,I pick the one with less packaging.

    You can also make choices like refusing to use plastic bags or refusing to accept a styrofoam takeout cup.

  • 3. Recycle Raccoon  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I love it! Thanks for the input.

  • […] The 5 R’s […]

  • 5. Suzanne  |  March 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Cool- I like the “refuse” idea! Have to be careful not to pronounce it reff-yuce though. But that is probably the R that I use the most.

  • 6. katie rice  |  October 13, 2009 at 4:54 am

    The 6R’s are ……
    *Reduce,
    *Reuse
    *Rethink
    *Recycle
    *Repair
    *Refuse
    IS THIS TRUE CAUSE ALL THE TIME ALL I HEAR IS THAT THEY ARE AND I JUST WANT TO NO IF THIS IS TRUE X X

  • 7. gaggan  |  April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    The 6R’s are ……
    *Reduce,
    *Reuse
    *Rethink
    *Recycle
    *Repair
    *Refuse
    IS THIS TRUE CAUSE ALL THE TIME ALL I HEAR IS THAT THEY ARE AND I JUST WANT TO NO IF THIS IS TRUE X X

  • 8. gaggan  |  April 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    The 6R’s are ……
    *Reduce,
    *Reuse
    *Rethink
    *Recycle
    *Repair
    *Refuse

  • 9. kency  |  July 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

    reduce reuse recycle replant rethink

  • 10. Dr. John  |  November 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I’m an economist the 5r’s ar
    1. Reduce
    2. Reuse
    3.Recycle
    4.Refthese are the right answers hope they will help you
    Thx,
    Dr. J. Merit

  • 11. Anne Turton-Normam  |  July 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

    In my school we have 7 Rs:-
    Reduce
    Reuse
    Repair
    Recycle
    Respect
    Rot
    Rebuy
    … Or at least we try to adhere to the vision of a sustainable way of life.
    Regards from Northern England,
    Anne

  • 12. greencleanofavalon  |  September 1, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I love your blog!!!! Can you subscribe to me? So much education…it’s great..never knew about the other 2 R’s~Rot & Rebuy…that’s great.

  • 13. Elle Johnson  |  March 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Isn’t it recycle, reuse, reduce, refuge and reconsider – with sustainability?

  • 14. Joey  |  July 2, 2012 at 1:05 am

    refuse is a good one. It’s is amazing, sometimes here in Singapore I have to repeat myself, and sometimes raise my voice at the clerk, because they insist on giving me a plastic bag after I clearly tell them I don’t want one. They truly have no idea how wasteful they are

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