The 7 R’s of Regeneration

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“Regeneration is more than a tool to sequester carbon. It’s the path to honoring Indigenous wisdom and practices that will build resiliency and abundance for future generations.”

-Kiss the Ground

It means to compost our organic materials, to plant seeds with the cycles, to tend to our gardens, to steward our lands, and to vote with our consumption.

“If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health and democracy crisis, then the people will. Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” 

—Dr. Vandana Shiva 

Implementing the 7 R’s is a great step towards regeneration in every way! The following is my take on the 7 R’s of regeneration.

  • Rethink
  • Refuse
  • Reuse
  • Repair
  • Recycle
  • Repurpose
  • Regenerate! 

When I became fed up with plastics and other wasteful patterns of consumption, I began my journey to zero waste. Along the way, I started to rethink what is really possible when it comes to regeneration at the individual level. Based on my ongoing regeneration journey, I’ve created the following guiding questions to help you think about the 7 R’s in your life.Do you need to go shopping? If so, do you need to buy new clothes, gadgets, and gear? Consider buying second-hand, borrowing from your neighbor, or saving resources and things from the trash pile. Where do you spend your money? Are you bringing benefits directly to a family by shopping locally? Support small entrepreneurs and avoid mass consumerism. Set up exchanges to trade clothing or household items that you are no longer using. 

Food, packaging, paper? How much of that could you refuse, reduce, reuse, or recycle? For whom are you doing what you’re doing? And why? What are the consequences of what you eat/drink/buy/do? What impact do those actions have on yourself and your environment? 

Where does your food come from? Do you know its source? The source is not the supermarket. It’s the soil and water that determine the quality of the food you buy. Rethink your groceries and your diet. How much waste do you generate each week? What is it? How was your food produced? Our current agricultural model is extractive, while regenerative agriculture works to build topsoil, nourish the environment, draw down and sequester carbon, and bring back health and wealth to communities. Check out Kiss the Ground’s purchasing guideReady to get deeper into regeneration? Regenerate Your Reality: Your Guide to Regenerative Living, Love, Happiness, & Sovereignty is available to order. Visit to learn more. 

Much of the proceeds from this book will be filtered back to regenerative community-based farming models and planting trees that feed through Kiss the Ground and Jungle Project!


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