- 15 Jan 2020
Step one, register to clean-up. Step 2, learn how to support a circular economy, here’s how
Taking part in a clean-up that collects 875kg of discarded trash in just 2 hours, trash that would otherwise pollute our oceans and impact local wildlife, is time well spent.
Independent ENJO Business owners along with ENJO HQ will be taking part in this year's clean up on 1 March 2020, along with thousands of Australians volunteering their time for a great cause.
To join us register to be part of the clean-up.
Can't join the clean-up?
Supporting a circular economy is a great way to prevent waste at the source, here's how.
The bigger problem
Cleaning up is just part of the solution to our growing waste problem.
Our ecological footprint measures how fast we consume resources and generate waste, compared to how fast nature can absorb waste and generate new resources.
Currently, we’re using the world’s resources at a rate of 1.7 times what the Earth can support in the long-term.
We’re in an ecological deficit.
An underlying problem when it comes to waste is our linear economy.
Linear economy versus circular economy
Make, use, dispose.
Resources in a linear economy are destined to become waste.
A circular economy looks to divert resources from ever becoming waste.
It’s about keeping resources in use for as long as possible to get the most value and to ultimately prevent anything from ending up in landfill by reusing or recycling resources.
Thinking about the lifecycle of the things we buy and supporting a circular economy is a great way to support Clean Up Australia and the planet this year.
6 practical ways to support a circular economy
1. Choose long-lasting products
Replacing lower quality products contributes to waste and ends up costing you and the planet in resources and emissions.
2. Consider a products ‘end of life’ before purchase
Thinking about how you will dispose of a product before you buy it is a great way to avoid waste and support a circular economy.
Will you be able to reuse the product, can it be recycled or does the manufacturer have an end-of-life recycling program in place?
ENJO International accept the return of old ENJO cleaning products for upcycling into car seats and home insulation.
3. Avoid single-use products
Single-use items are a big contributor to waste.
Most single-use items have reusable alternatives that will save you money, reduce waste and support a circular economy.
4. Repair don't replace
When something breaks, it’s so easy to replace it without considering where it will end up.
Investing in quality, long-lasting products makes repairing broken items worthwhile.
If something breaks beyond repair, think about other uses for the materials or recycle if possible.
5. Buy second hand
Donating old clothes, shoes and furniture is a great way to avoid contributing to the waste problem.
Sourcing and buying second-hand products means you’re helping prolong the value of resources.
6. Choose products made from recycled materials
Look to support products and brands that use recycled materials.
Choosing to buy more products made from recycled materials helps boost the market for recyclables.