The first “R” is “refuse” but many people—myself included!—often find it challenging to say no. If you’re new to the idea of Zero Waste and struggle with the thought of declining single-use plastic, free promotional items, or other unwanted items, you may find these tips helpful. If you’re a seasoned pro, you may wish to share these ideas with your friends who are just starting out.
Please keep in mind that the situation may be more complicated than these simple tips. (I’ve written about the privilege involved in refusing, and I will share that post again in my stories.) As always, there is nuance and complexity involved.
I’ve found that I’m becoming more and more confident at flexing my “refusal” muscle as times goes on. How about you? Do you struggle with this? Do you have a “script” or a saying that you often use? Any tips to share?