Waste Reduction Week is October 21 to 27 2019, here is a look at what you can do and How Waste Reduction Week Supports A Circular Economy!

Each day of waste reduction week has a theme: circular economy, textiles, champions and innovators, plastics and packaging, food waste, swap-share-repair, and e-waste. Looking at the list, you probably have a sense of what you already participate in, and what you love to do. Here are more ways to Support the Circular Economy! 

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What’s the Circular Economy?

Historically, products have been designed to be convenient for the buyer, without having the dis-assembly and disposal in mind. The circular economy aims for goods to remain in use as long as possible, then if discarded, the item is repurposed into other things or recycled. It’s a way to “advance resource efficiencies and waste reduction”


How can I reduce my waste? 

  • Attend an event for Waste Reduction Week. This can mean you’ll end up repairing an item at a repair cafe, attending a second hand or clothing swap event, learn about a local initiative.
  • Access over ownership. Is there something you were considering buying, or saving up for? Many libraries have technology and instruments you can rent; some municipalities have bicycles for rent, and my favourite is accessing tools from tool shares.  Ask yourself: why not rent infrequently used items instead of owning them?  
  • Host a clothing swap! This can be very easy: tell 5 friends to bring their extra clothes, and a friend. I’ve attended incredibly successful clothing swaps with as few as 7 people at someones house, and as many as dozens in a rented space! 


  • Dispose of e-waste… PROPERLY! Start by rounding up all the old cell phones, the dead batteries, the defunct laptop that are stowed away in the bottom of office drawers. Then, look up where to dispose or donate them on Recycle My Electronics
  • Have a make-in. Using only a few ingredients, you could create a plastic free cleaning kit with friends and avoid purchasing products that send toxins down the drain. 
  • Buy bulk. Not only is there cost savings, but save yourself the trouble of dealing with flimsy plastic bags! The Eco Hub has created Zero Waste Shopping Guides for many Canadian provinces, so find a bulk shop near you that will let you tare reusable containers.
  • Fix it!  In the words of iFixit, “if you can’t fix it, you don’t own it”. The website has an incredible number “repair guides written for everything, by everyone”, not to mention their awesome repair manifesto that makes the case: fixing what you own instead of buying a new one just makes sense. 
  • Trade it up! Do you have a quality item you never use? Either swap or share it for something you would use! This can be as simple as texting a friend, or using an app like Bunz!
  • Follow @WRWCanada, and tell a friend how you participated! 

Getting inspired to reduce your waste, and participate in the circular economy? Keep on going long past waste reduction week and see your home become simplified, and your costs plunge!


Libby Jeffrey

Libby Jeffrey is a writer and hosts a podcast, Travelling Minds in Winnipeg Manitoba. With a degree in International Development, Libby loves to explore subjects including sustainability, travel, and waste with The Eco Hub.
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