Three words have been burned into our heads: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
For years the three Rs have been a pillar of society: reduce, reuse, recycle. Most of this has focused on recycling, which has become a part of our everyday lives: we talk about how to recycle; we have recycling bins and recycling days. We look for recyclable products and clothing, and we try to shop for items made with recycled goods.
As climate change accelerates and garbage starts to pile up in landfills, however, we have begun to realize that recycling programs are not as powerful and effective as we once thought.
Here is a sobering statistic: only 7 – 10% of plastic products that get produced end up getting recycled. According to a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed Science Advances journal, that means 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste are either accumulating in landfills or the ocean. Plastic manufacturing has doubled roughly every 15 years, outpacing nearly every other material we manufacture. Unlike steel, which has a decades-long lifespan, half of all manufactured plastic becomes trash in less than a year.If we continue to use plastic at the current rate, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste in landfills in the next 30 years.
The other two Rs – reduce and reuse
These words are now more critical than ever. Reducing and Reusing work powerfully to help reduce climate change by reducing the amount of waste that we put into the world.
It makes sense: if you reduce the amount that you purchase, then you will throw out far less – whether recyclable or not. Reducing the use of plastic means reducing the amount of plastic that you buy. This practice will help slow the production of plastic because, without the demand for it, the production of plastic products will decrease.
Reusing products is another great way to reduce waste. There are many products that you can buy second-hand or even reuse. For example, you can put Ziploc bags in your dishwasher or convert glass jars of pasta sauce into drinking glasses, spice jars, soap dispensers, or frozen food storage.
How Lendy is making an impact
Lendy has embraced the ideas of reduction and reuse. We focus on supporting the circular economy. A circular economy reflects three principles: designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. This kind of economy builds economic, natural, and social capital by redefining growth and focusing on positive, society-wide benefits.
When you purchase products through the Lendy shop, it supports the reduction of buying brand new products. Instead of buying something brand new, you buy second-hand (new to you) products from people in our area who have either sold their stuff or given it to Lendy for sale. Buying second-hand products can help to divert waste from the landfill. Its a simple equation, the more people that buy second-hand less items to landfill, lower demand for new products and production slows.
If you have items of value that you want to sell but dread going through the trouble of listing them online, Lendy can help. We will happily come to you and pick up your stuff. If you have too much stuff to manage, if you want to clear out your garage, or if you have stuff in your basement that is too hard to pick up and move out – and you don’t think people will necessarily want to come to your house to buy it – Lendy will.
We are here to help reinforce and support the circular economy. We believe that through ShopLendy and our buying of second-hand goods, it will help limit the number of things that go to landfills – and we’ll help more people have access to better stuff.
As always, we’re unlocking the value of your stuff. If you have anything that you’d like to share with us, please go to our website and getlendy.ca