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How to Recycle

How to reduce and re-use

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Reducing what you waste and reusing items as much as possible is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. From thinking differently about what you buy, to refilling water bottles or using bags for life, to composting at home - there are lots of ways to make a real difference.

Ways to reduce the amount of waste you create

  • Only buy what you need, and use what you buy

  • Buy loose fruit and vegetables and avoid items that are heavily packaged

  • Sign up to paperless billing or banking

  • Buy products with refillable packaging

  • If you are able, try home composting your food waste

  • Use refillable water bottles and coffee cups

  • Buy second hand clothing and consider hiring clothing

  • Have a go at replacing buttons and mending faulty zips or fallen hems rather than buying new clothing

  • Buy items that will have a longer life than disposable items, such as rechargeable batteries and use real crockery and cutlery for your parties instead of disposable ones

Ways to reuse

  • Donate items that are still in a good, usable condition to charities or charity shops

  • Repurpose glass, plastic and cardboard containers to give them another life

  • Carry a re-usable shopping bag

  • Re-use wrapping paper or gift bags

  • Convert old clothing, towels or sheets into cleaning rags/cloths

To find out more about reducing your food waste, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website

To find out more about reducing the environmental impact of your wardrobe, visit the Love Your Clothes website

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