Consume carefully and recycle

Daily consumer choices and waste recycling are elements of a sustainable lifestyle. Everyone can reduce the detrimental impact of consumption on the environment through personal choices. As a rule of thumb, only acquire items and services you actually need, favour Fairtrade and environmentally friendly products, reuse, borrow, lend and recycle products, and finally destroy unusable products in the appropriate manner.

Sustainable consumption

The Earth cannot support modern consumer habits. Product and service production consume natural resources and stress the environment. To reduce the negative impact, we can reduce consumption, replace old production methods with alternatives that save material and energy, and enhance material recycling in order to gain new raw material.

In addition to books, libraries offer loans in the form of, for example, drilling machines, children’s costumes and litter pickers. You can also go to library workshops to use many different tools and equipment. You can borrow a trailer, transport bikes and reusable dishes from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre.

In addition to environmental impact, sustainable development observes economic and social repercussions. Favouring Finnish production generates wellbeing in the form of jobs, tax income and investments. The Fairtrade system is designed to offer a decent income for farmers and workers in the developing world. One of the first Fairtrade cities, Espoo is committed to using Fairtrade products. You can impact through your purchase choices!

In purchasing services, the city can conclude an agreement with the service producers based on which they will employ people who are in a weak position in the labour market. This has allowed several people to gain employment or an apprentice position in conjunction with city procurement.

City procurement 
Fairtrade City Espoo 
Sustainable travel in Espoo 
HSY’s tips for saving
The Reuse Centre’s eco tips

Sort and recycle

Recycling helps us reduce raw material and energy consumption. Correctly sorted waste can be utilised as raw material for new products or in renewable energy production.

Mixed waste that cannot be recycled is transported from Espoo to Vantaa Energy’s waste-to-energy plant, where it will be used to produce electricity and district heating. The waste-to-energy plant replaces landfill services and does not recycle waste. Organic waste, paper cardboard, metal and glass are sorted into separate containers. Mixed waste is more expensive to process than correctly sorted waste. This is why recycling saves natural resources in addition to money.

Kierrä – Find the nearest recycling point for any waste.
Waste and waste management
HSY waste sorting instructions
Reducing waste is smart
Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre