We can all do our bit to help the enormous collective impact we’re having on the environment by doing more to reduce, reuse and recycle. In fact, here are 24 ways:
– Avoid giving presents with excess packaging and wrapping, use fabric gift wrap instead!
– Reduce unsolicited mail by registering with The Mailing Preference Service.
– Bring back the local milkman! Milk and other produce often come in little and/or returnable packaging.
– Look for solar-powered items such as garden lights, pocket calculators and watches.
– If not solar powered, choose products that can use mains power rather than batteries.
– Grow your own veggies. Even small gardens and windowsills can be used to grow vegetables and herbs.
– Donate unwanted furniture to a furniture reuse scheme or charity shop.
– Don’t be too quick to bin scrap paper or used envelopes. Use it for shopping lists, to-do lists and phone messages.
– Re-use containers like butter tubs, jam jars and used glass candles for storing pens and odds and ends.
– Donate unwanted clothing to charity shops.
– Swap magazines with friends or give them to hospitals, doctors or dentist surgeries for their waiting rooms.
– Donate old toys. Call your local children’s centre, preschools or hospitals to see what they can accept.
– Opt out of Royal Mail deliveries of unaddressed mail.
– Compost your garden waste and vegetable peelings.
– Buy loose fruit and veg rather than pre-packaged at the supermarket.
– Look for refillable products when you’re buying products like detergents, household cleaners and fabric conditioner.
– Instead of buying lots of different cleaning products for different purposes, choose a multi-purpose cleaner.
– Buy reusable products instead of disposable ones eg. proper napkins that can be washed and reused.
– Look out for products made from recycled materials like toilet and kitchen rolls.
– Be mindful of choosing things that come in recyclable packing.
– When you’re having a home clear out or renovating your home, use a skip company like Rabbit Skips that will recycle as much of your waste as possible.
– Consider using reusable nappies rather than disposable ones.
– Pack your lunch in a reusable box instead of wrapping it in foil or cling film.
– At work, only print or photocopy when absolutely necessary, and when you do, use the double-sided printing option to cut down on paper.