Recycling is an excellent way to keep money in use and is far superior to dumping recyclables in landfills. At the same time, we should not focus only on recycling to do all of the heavy lifting; we must understand how we can make smarter buying decisions to reduce ALL of our waste, including recyclables. This is where precycling comes in. The Department of Environment Conservation of New York defines precycling as ‘PREvent waste before you reCYCLE!’.By not producing garbage, pre-cycling eliminates the need to recycle or dispose of waste. This is something you can do before you have to compost. In many ways, this is simply a new name for things that environmentally conscious people have been doing for decades, but by giving it a name, we aim to raise the consciousness of the importance of our consumer choices in reducing the amount of waste we make.
However, preventing the creation of waste at its source is easier said than done. Consumers need to make an active decision to remember the waste caused by their purchase before making it. Is the commodity made of recycled materials? Is the commodity recyclable in itself? Is there a lot of packaging? Is the wrapping made of recyclable materials? And, more specifically, do you really need this item? Is there something you should repurpose or reuse instead? Consider these issues until you buy anything, and you’ll be well on your way to successful precycling.
From the start, I realize that it would be impossible to fully comprehend Nissreen’s artwork without understanding the daily reality of the Palestinian people and their recent history, so I direct my next question around this. “I always try to talk about what I know, what has been part of my own experiences and what catches my attention,” she explains. Nissreen works with video, performance, photography and sculpture. This combination of installations and different techniques provides her with multiple possibilities when it comes to communicating complex themes. “I bring my identity and myself to the ‘white cube’, breaking it down through confession. I baptize my cultural elements and turn them into subversive and obsessive materials.”