[su_box title=”The Five R’s of Zero Waste:” style=”glass” box_color=”#e8d3a9″ title_color=”#235529″]â–¶Â Refuse what you do not need.
â–¶Â Reduce what you do need.
â–¶Â Reuse by using reusables.
â–¶Â Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse.
â–¶Â Rot (compost) the rest.[/su_box]
Think of ONE way you can move in the direction of just one of these this weekend.
As I wash the residue of well-rotted compost from the bed liner of my old rustbucket truck after sunrise, I’ll be working on the last R–and next year’s garden.
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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.
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