I Believe in Reincarnation! Do You?

I bet that headline got your attention. And I hope all of you believe in reincarnation as well. Read on, citizens, and become a believer.

Today’s blog comes from the Northwest Earth Institute. We will now look at the 5 R’s that support “reincarnation” pertaining to a healthy planet.

“PRACTICE THE "5 RS" -- REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPURPOSE, AND RECYCLE -- The linear and wasteful ways in which humans partner with the materials that make up the economy result in significant greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the products that meet our daily needs. Project Drawdown has measured, mapped, and modeled a set of solutions that, collectively, show a pathway forward to a more circular economy where material already extracted, produced, and used is recovered and efficiently reprocessed into reincarnateforms or, in some cases, more thoughtfully disposed of or transformed so as not to release potent gases with significant global warming potential into the atmosphere. “

Refuse: plastic straws when getting a purchased beverage.

Reduce: ask, is this purchase good for the planet? Do I really need another ______ ?

Reuse: can I make this purchase from a thrift store? Craig’s List or Nextdoor?

Repurpose: (my favorite) Is this item that I’m about to discard suitable for an alternative use?

Recycle: Ya’ll get this one!

The use of materials for a variety of purposes has an ongoing impact on the health of Earth. More from Project Drawdown:

“The linear and wasteful ways in which humans partner with the materials that make up the economy result in significant greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the products that meet our daily needs. A linear life cycle where material is extracted, processed, transported, manufactured, utilized, and discarded leaves a terrific atmospheric and financial footprint from the energy wasted, the embodied energy in the materials themselves, and the burden of handling the waste streams resultant from wanton consumption. 

Project Drawdown has measured, mapped, and modeled a set of solutions that, collectively, show a pathway forward to a more circular economy where material already extracted, produced, and used is recovered and efficiently reprocessed into reincarnate forms or, in some cases, more thoughtfully disposed of or transformed so as not to release potent gases with significant global warming potential into the atmosphere.  In some cases, simply more judicious use of materials results in significant energy savings, which mitigate emissions. "

It is exciting to read about hopeful ways to reverse, and reincarnate, damage to the planet. More information in coming weeks. You can find additional information at www.nwei.org.