1. Re-think → Rethink your consumption and evaluate if you really need that new thing. Refuse to consume what you don’t need. Sharing economy shows that ownership of product is not essential and rethinking the business model is vital (e.g. Sharely)
2. Reduce → Reduce your consumption of energy and materials, make sure that you are purchasing products that have a long life-spans. Invest in products, with ethically sourced materials, that will last you longer.(e.g. Faircustomer)
3. Re-use → Sell the products you no longer use to others and consider purchasing second-hand instead of brand new. Be creative and come up with new uses for products (e.g. old bottles can be used flower vases) (e.g. Foifi)
4. Repair → Try to fix your broken products instead of throwing them away and buying new ones. You can repair them yourself if you know how or you can support your local “repair businesses” (e.g. Dynamo Werkstatt)
5. Refurbish → meaning that you should preserve and extend what’s already made, upcycle old products by giving them new life, remake old pieces of clothing by sewing and transform them into currently fashionable models. Simply use waste as a resource.
6. Recover → embedded energy from non-recyclable waste material where possible. Non-recyclable waste can be at least converted into energy through waste-to-energy processes such as combustion and gasification.
7. Re-cycle → this one you know pretty well already, separate and recycle!
*********** If you want to have a look on the key circular economy principles and business models have a look here **********