The 7Rs of Zero Waste Maldives

When it comes to any waste management initiative we always hear about 3Rs (Reduce Reuse Recycle) but frankly that is no longer enough. To effectively deal with waste we need to employ 7Rs especially in a country like Maldives that lacks the infrastructure to deal with waste.

Refuse

Refusing is the first step. Learning to say NO to things that you don’t need and can live without will go a long way to eliminating waste. This is the simplest thing you can do.

Reduce

Using and consuming less materials is the next key step. Asking yourself is you really NEED or WANT certain things will help you reduce waste further by eliminating the nunessisary.

Reuse

One of the most important aspects of going zerowaste is to reuse. Always opting for materials and goods that can be reused long term rather than anything that is single-use-disposable and meant to be discarded. 

Repair

Repairing instead of throwing away and buying new is equally as important. Repairing doesn’t mean it has to look bad either, get creative and up-cycle and give the old a new look.

recover

Food waste, garden clippings and other organic waste can be composted so that they can also go back into the earth to give new life to something else and generate value for the soil and plants.

Re-purpose

Finding a new purpose in things that would have otherwise been disposed of. Eg: Old clothes may be unsitable to be a hand-me-down, those can be come a wet rag in the kitchen.

Recycle

By following the 6Rs mentioned previously, there would be little left to be recycled. Making sure that materials are cleaned, dried and segregated to at least wet and dry waste will go a long way with recycling. Also important to know what can be and cannot be recycled.

Refuse

Refusing is the first step. Learning to say NO to things that you don’t need and can live without will go a long way to eliminating waste. This is the simplest thing you can do.

Reduce

Using and consuming less materials is the next key step. Asking yourself is you really NEED or WANT certain things will help you reduce waste further by eliminating the nunessisary.

Reuse

One of the most important aspects of going zerowaste is to reuse. Always opting for materials and goods that can be reused long term rather than anything that is single-use-disposable and meant to be discarded. 

Repair

Repairing instead of throwing away and buying new is equally as important. Repairing doesn’t mean it has to look bad either, get creative and up-cycle and give the old a new look.

recover

Food waste, garden clippings and other organic waste can be composted so that they can also go back into the earth to give new life to something else and generate value for the soil and plants.

Re-purpose

Finding a new purpose in things that would have otherwise been disposed of. Eg: Old clothes may be unsuitable to be a hand-me-down, those can be come a wet rag in the kitchen.

Recycle

By following the 6Rs mentioned previously, there would be little left to be recycled. Making sure that materials are cleaned, dried and segregated to at least wet and dry waste will go a long way with recycling. Also important to know what can be and cannot be recycled.

Waste Elimination Projects

Zero Waste Maldives is engaged at almost every level to try and eliminate as much waste as possible. To do this, we are engaged in a few projects and startups. Through these projects we want to change people’s view on waste, extract value from waste resources and ensure that anything and everything that can be diverted from landfill or open burnt is diverted.

Want to take the first steps to ZeroWaste?

You’re Not Alone! We  are here to help!

Whether it is going #plasticfree or #zerowaste it comes with it’s own set of challenges. This is especially true for Maldives where the challenges will seem immense considering the lack of alternatives and the disposable culture that has become intertwined with modern Maldivian culture. 

We have a support group for like minded folk that are interested to go on this journey. To support each other and share tips on how to go zerowaste and to share their personal experiences.