50 ways to cut down waste


INDIVIDUALS


 
 
  • Use a reusable water bottle.

  • Say no to straws.

  • Use a reusable coffee cup.

  • Use a bar of soap.

  • Use beeswax wrap instead of cling film.

  • Replace your plastic toothbrush with bamboo.

  • Use solid bar shampoo.

  • Take your reusable shopping bag shopping.

  • Refuse to buy fruit and veg that are wrapped in plastic.

  • Use reusable cotton pads.

  • Avoid plastic packaging during your food shop.

  • Make a meal plan to avoid food waste.

  • Cook only the amount you need to avoid leftovers.

  • Don’t buy more food than you need.

  • Wash dishes with natural sponges.

  • Buy loose leaf tea instead of tea bags.

  • Carry reusable bamboo cutlery.

  • Use cloth napkins and hand towels.

  • Ditch disposable baking paper and go for a reusable baking sheet instead.

  • Stop chewing gum.

  • Buy wood toys for children.

  • Unsubscribe to unwanted emails.

  • Store food correctly to avoid it going off.

  • Shop locally.

  • Join a veg box scheme.

  • Reuse single side printed paper.

  • Take a container for fish and meat when shopping.

  • Holiday in the UK rather than abroad.

  • Put a “No Junk” on your mailbox.

  • Start composting.

  • Cancel your magazine and newspaper subscriptions and read them online or at the library.

  • Choose milk delivered in glass bottles.

  • Take your lunch to school or work and avoid take away.

  • Use glass jars or metal containers for storage.

  • Use old clothes for rags for cleaning around the house, instead of paper towels.

  • Buy in bulk as much as possible.

  • Bring your own containers to fill e.g. laundry detergent.

  • Give your old clothes to charities or others who can use them.

  • Stop buying polyester clothing.

  • Make your own cleaning products.

  • Buy second hand.

  • Learn to repair items instead of buying new.

  • Stop buying stuff you don’t really need.

  • Use non-disposable feminine-hygiene products.

  • Grow your own food.

  • Buy from a green energy company.

  • Drive a very low emission car.

  • Install dry toilets.

  • Install solar panels.

  • Turn off your electrical equipment when not in use.