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Single use items

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What are single use items?

Single use items are products and packaging that we dispose of after one use. These items tend to be used for only minutes, yet their impact upon our environment can last thousands of years. Even when these items are recyclable – and many of them are not – energy and resources have been used to produce them in the first place. And with so many more sustainable options available, using something once and throwing it out is truly a waste. That's why it's so important to think about whether we really need to use these items. Here, a small shift in our behaviour can make a big difference, and the alternatives are often innovative and better than the disposable versions.

Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Better than reusing or recycling is avoiding the use of the product in the first place. Ask yourself if it can be re-purposed somewhere else, to give it a second life. If a single use item must be used, reduce the amount you use and recycle appropriately.


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