The Reuse Portal

The Reuse Portal is an open collaborative platform providing users – whether innovators, businesses, policymakers, activists, consumers or citizens – convenient access to practical guidance, tools and networks to take action and drive momentum for reuse solutions. It is championed by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Wildlife Fund and the World Economic Forum.

The shocking growth of plastic pollution is damaging our planet. With only 9% of global plastic waste being recycled, managing waste once it’s generated is not nearly enough. Reuse is critical to prevent waste upfront, and to shift away from a ‘make-take-waste’ system.

In this TED Talk, author and plastic-free advocate Beth Terry speaks about her journey to live a plastic free life. She holds up a bag of all the waste she has generated in the last year – less than 2 pounds! She uses herself as an example of how to change your life to reduce your plastic waste!

There have been plenty of anti-consumerism campaigns, but none quite as sustained as Jen Gale’s. In this TED Talk, Jen discusses how her year of ‘Make Do and Mend’ is seeing her buying nothing new, and leaping head first into recycling, repurposing, begging, and borrowing. She is keeping a blog of the experience to inspire others to try the same thing.

Plastic is harmful to your health and to the Earth. If you want to find ways to reduce your use of plastic, the ReThink Plastic Guide has some helpful information and tips for you! In the ReThink Plastic Guide, you will learn:

• What you can do to make healthier choices
• How to reduce plastic use in food prep, serving, and storage
• How to choose alternatives to single-use, disposable plastic

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today Bea, her husband Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they’ve cut their annual spending by a remarkable forty percent, and they are healthier than they’ve ever been.

This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea’s experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids’ lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family—and the planet.

In Plastic Purge, ecologist, SanClements has put together the most up-to-date and scientifically-backed information available to explain how plastics release toxins into your body and the effect they have on your and your children’s health. Both approachable and engaging, Plastic Purge provides easy-to-follow advice for how to use less plastic, thereby reaping the benefits such as eating a healthier diet and living with less clutter. Dividing plastics into three separate categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly, SanClements shows you how to embrace the good (items like your phone or medical equipment), avoid the bad (food storage containers and toys that contain toxic chemicals), and use less of the ugly (single-use plastic that’s just plain wasteful).