Refuse – Part of the Circular Economy

Refuse – The first of the Circular Rs is the consumer economic behaviour of refusing products that are not circular, sustainable or made with pollutants. Do not buy something you do not need. Refuse to buy products that cannot be recycled or reused, repaired or remanufactured. Refuse a plastic bag or disposal single-use items (including single-use paper). 

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Refuse – A Consumer Behaviour

We live in a world of finite resources, the primary raw materials we extract from nature to manufacture the products we buy and later discard. The Circular Rs are the tools to improve resource management. For example, reuse or repair extends the life of products, away from single-use or early obsolescence. Product-as-a-Service aims to shift the ownership of a product to the sale of a utility. Instead of buying a light globe, we rent the light or the globe’s utility.

Download the second part – Refuse: Human Behaviour  PDF file.

The Circular Rs are part of the Circular Economy Foundation Course.