The 4 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replenish

July 8th, 2019

You’re probably familiar with the first 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. They are key actions that you can take to reduce your environmental impact. But did you know there’s a fourth R? It’s just as important as the other three and also one that you can put into practice: REPLENISH. While the first three Rs focus on using fewer resources, it’s just as important that we give back by replenishing resources.

Replenish involves taking actions to increase the supply of clean and useful natural resources. And in some instances, these steps also incorporate one of the other Rs as well. Some examples include:

Composting: This enriches the soil while simultaneously keeping kitchen scraps and yard waste out of landfills, where they emit methane gas which contributes to global warming.

Collecting Rainwater: Use barrels to collect rainwater and then use that water to maintain your yard or garden. This also limits stormwater runoff and reduces use of municipal water, which requires energy to deliver.

Planting Trees: For every 100 trees, 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other pollutants are removed from the air each year (source: US Forest Service).

Companies can also play a role in this process of using less and giving back. We believe it’s important to give more than we take. Since we use trees to make our products, we want to do our part to plant more trees. Our suppliers generally replant a tree for each one harvested; while this is a responsible and sustainable approach, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. So we plant 3 additional trees for each one we use. These trees are planted in the DeSoto National Forest through our partnership with The Longleaf Alliance.

What’s one action you want to take to help replenish? Join us on our journey as we relentlessly pursue better.