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Essential to our ancestors, commonsense to our grandparents, but alien to us.
Much of what we send to landfil or burn could be resused or recycled. Reuse is even more important than recycling, as it not only saves waste, but does not have the travel and energy impacts of recycling.
Online trading sites, community swap meets and charity shops all help by offering second hand goods, and many creative people use reclaimed materials in their work.
We also need to think before we buy, and choose items that are well designed, long lasting and above all, repairable.