Biodiversity, Food and Farming for a Healthy Planet

What can you do?

Rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle!

Thinking about the four “R’s” is an easy way to remember how you can protect biodiversity.

Start by rethinking. How much waste do you produce? What resources and biodiversity went into the products and packaging that you throw out? Where does that waste go? What species and ecosystems do the wastes affect? What can you do to minimize your impact?

The next step is to reuse your consumption and waste. You could buy only the amount you actually need and buy products with little packaging. You might eat more fresh foods and compost the waste into your garden.

After rethinking and reducing, it is time to start reusing products. Reusing is a great way to decrease wastes (and save money!) Think twice before throwing something into the garbage. Can it be repaired? Can someone else use it? Can you invent a new creative use for it? Remember, whenever you reuse something, you are saving resources and biodiversity.

If, after rethinking, reducing and reusing, you still are left with wastes, then try recycling. Recycling transforms wastes into products that companies can use to make new products. It can help preserve biodiversity by limiting the amount of resources needed to make new products, but it is not perfect. Lots of energy is used in collecting, transporting and processing recycled material.