The 3 R’s – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle Explained

How can we use the 3 R's to save our planet!

Author: Ghadah Albar

The 3 R’s are reduce, reuse and recycle, but what do they mean?


Reduce is the first step we should all take to save our planet and reduce our use of plastics. You can reduce the amount of waste you create by choosing what rubbish you throw away.  What if you refill your water bottle instead of throwing it away, or use stainless steel straws instead of plastics ones that are harming our environment. 


Reuse means taking action to use something more than once, for example, you could refill your plastic water bottle instead of buying a new one every single time. An even better way is to repurpose the plastics we use to something more useful, look at my reused slushy plastic bottle for example. After I finished enjoying a cold and yummy slushy, I reused the bottle and made a musical instrument out of it 🙂

Recycle, after reducing and reusing it is time to recycle. Recycling is the key to making sure all of our rubbish is taken and then processed into new materials. This way we can make sure we never let a balloon (waste) fly away and we keep our planet clean and safe for every living thing.