Reduce Reuse and Recycle

Reduce Reuse and Recycle is a necessary component to protecting our natural resources.  Reduce the amount of materials in the building with resource-efficient engineering and no waste construction methods. Use of Recycled material wherever possible. Design for Re-Use and ease of repair.  First we Reduce:  reduce energy demands, sizing of home, heating and air conditioning demands, construction material waste, and water demands before recycling and reusing saves natural resources from being used in the first place.  Then We Reuse:  saving and salvaging old materials from another project or structure that are in good condition can prevent them from ending up in a landfill.  Last we Recycle:  using materials that have a recycled content in them or that are recyclable ensures that they can be reused again when they no longer work anymore rather than being thrown in the trash.

Environmental Benefits

RRR saves energy, creating items from recycled material uses less fossil fuel than creating the item from raw natural resources. Reducing our energy consumption, in turn reduces our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels and our emission of air and water pollutants. Reusing and recycling reduces landfill space. By reducing the need for landfills, more land can be used in environmentally friendly ways.  This also reduces the amount of methane released when the product decomposes.  Reusing salvaged wood and recycled wood content saves trees. By decreasing the number of trees that are cut down, we are able to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide and increase the amount of oxygen in the air. One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.  Compared to using virgin materials, recycling reduces the amount of 27 Different types of air and water pollutants.  Reducing, reusing and recycling conserve all our natural resources.

Health and / or Social Benefits

Most people never take the time to think about the impacts their waste has on other people.  In many Third World nations, pollution is unrestricted.  Countless other environmental problems are also not addressed by the government.  Usually, creating and enforcing environmental regulations would be economically disastrous for a poor country.  As a result, it is forced to choose between buying food and having a clean environment.  The more pressing concern is almost always the former.  Often, rich Western countries take advantage of the dilemma of Third World countries.  They dump garbage and hazardous waste in developing countries.  First World companies might also build plants, which emit considerable pollution, in Third World nations to avoid the regulations these companies would face at home.  By being conscious of our material usage and waste using RRR, other societies benefit.

Economic Benefits

The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive estimates that recycling and remanufacturing industries account for approximately one million manufacturing jobs and more than $100 billion in revenue. Recycling employs low, medium, and highly skilled workers in a variety of jobs—from materials handling and processing to high-quality product manufacturing. The drive for efficient handling and use of recycled materials spurs innovation, a key to long-term economic growth. Investments in recycling equipment and the companies themselves also filter through the economy and contribute to economic growth.