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Easy ways to reduce the amount you throw away

A lady wearing a denim jacket, carrying a cardboard box with a lamp, cushion and throw inside

Thursday 6 September 2018

Many of us are already trying to cut down the amount of plastic we use to protect the environment, but there are so many other things that we can save items from the bin!

  1. It all adds up… the amount of food we throw away that is.

The average family in the UK could save up to £70 every month, by reducing the amount of food thrown away.

Save money by planning ahead, discover perfect portions, and find out how best to store food to keep it fresher for longer! Visit Love Food Hate Waste for great food saving tips and recipes to use up your left overs… best of all it will save you ££s. 

  1. Don’t throw it away, give it away. Freegle it!

Every year tonnes of items which could be loved by others are thrown away.

There are many ways to pass items on, from furniture to kitchen equipment or even clothing and accessories – you can Freegle it. Freegle is an online platform where you can give and get all kinds of stuff… all for free. So next time you have something to get rid of, try Freegle. It’s also a great way of supporting people in your local community. 

  1. Birthdays and Christmas can be a zero waste nightmare… but they don’t need to be!

The average household in the UK will throw away almost a third more than usual over the Christmas holidays.

We all love giving and receiving gifts, but they don’t need to cost the earth! Experience days can be the perfect way to enjoy a gift even after the holidays have finished. There’s so much to do in Essex, so why not visit one of our many Country Parks or Activity Centres? There’s something for all the family to enjoy. 

  1. Switch to cloth nappies

Each baby will need between 4000 and 6000 disposable nappies…

… Or 30 cloth nappies. Parents could also save up to £1000 when opting for cloth nappies. Purchase any cloth nappies and claim your £30 cloth nappy refund to get started today. #MakeClothMainstream

  1. Find out how to make compost at home… it’s easier than you think!

Utilise your own kitchen and garden waste to feed your garden. Find out how to get started with composting at home and order your reduced price compost bin today! 

  1. Your unwanted furniture has the power to support people in your local community.

If you have great quality items of furniture that you no longer want, you may be able to donate your items to pre-loved furniture stores. 

Items donated and purchased in these stores may directly go towards supporting people in your local community as well as providing work opportunities. Visit your local store and find out how your unwanted items can make a difference in your community.

Please note; stores may be unable to accept all items, this may be due to legal requirements for all upholstered items to have a fire label in tacked or may be due to limited storage facilities. 

  1. Throw in the towel… for wet wipes that is

The Marine Conservation Society found 27 wet wipes littered for every 100 metres of coastline.

Ditch single-use wet wipes and replace with reusable wipes, cloths or flannels. Not only are these items washable, but they can make cleaning easier. Reusable wipes are a great switch for baby wipes and make-up wipes too!

  1. Do you love getting lost in a good book? We do too!

In Essex we are very lucky to have more than 70 public libraries, with hundreds of thousands of books, resources and even e-books for you to borrow.

There’s no need to buy another great book… grab you library card and visit your local library to borrow your next great read instead. 

  1. The environmental cost of fashion…

The full impact of clothing and textiles on the environment is still not fully understood. Fast fashion, poor quality clothing and synthetic (man-made) materials are all impacting the environment around us.

Much of the clothing we wear is made from synthetic fibres such as nylon, lycra and polyester. When clothes are washed small fibres, or micro-fibres, are washed away. 

So what can you do?

  1. Purchase clothing made of natural materials.
  2. Wash clothes less often.
  3. Wash clothes on a fuller load to reduce friction, which causes these fibres to break away.
  4. Increase the life span of clothing by passing unwanted items on and purchasing pre-loved.

Find out more ways to #LoveYourClothes 

  1. Recycling is great, but is there another way?

It’s fantastic that most of us recycle in Essex, but is there something more we can do to protect the environment?

Yes, opt for reusable items where possible. For example; if you find your often recycling batteries, then investing in rechargeable batteries is a great waste-free alternative. It may even save you money in the long run too.

Find out how to go plastic free.