How you can support Zero Waste Week
A statistic we refer to a lot is that every year 2 million tonnes of waste is created in London. That’s a crazy amount. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to curb our wasteful habits; it just takes a bit of thought.
Here are a few basic ideas that you can adopt.
- Use a reusable bottle and cup
The results of the Big Plastic Count revealed that every household is throwing away an average of 66 single-use plastic items a week. Instead of buying a bottle of water every time you’re out and about, start using a reusable water bottle. Not only will this reduce waste, but it will save you money too. The same goes for taking your own reusable cup.
- Use reusable grocery bags
A bag for life will help reduce waste. All you have to do is remember to take it with you. Of course, they’re not just for your weekly food shop; taking a bag with you every time you head to the shops will have a significant impact on the amount of waste plastic bags that fill our landfill every day.
Buying products that come with less packaging or recyclable packaging goes a long way toward reducing your daily waste.
- If you don’t eat it, compost it
Did you know all your fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, grass clippings, and leaves can be composted? Yes, it takes a bit of work, but it means you’ll save on buying fertilisers and plant food as well as help the environment.
- Buy second-hand items and donate used goods
Do you really need a new dress, pair of shoes, jumper, or shirt? Before you dash out to buy something new for your wardrobe, consider buying something pre-loved. Websites like Vinted, eBay and Thrift offer lots of fantastic clothing items for sale at a fraction of the price of new, plus you’re doing your bit to reduce waste.
In the same way, when you’ve finished with something, think about whether it can be upcycled or reused. Donating it to charity shops or second time around outlets will allow others the chance to use it too rather than sending it to the tip. We’ll come back to this in a moment
- Reduce paper: mail, receipts, magazines
It’s easier than ever to go paperless. Online bills, e-receipts, and online magazine and newspaper subscriptions help reduce