Everything we buy - from clothes to electronics and more - has a planetary cost attached to its manufacturing, packaging and transportation. Here are some tips to reduce your impact on the planet and save some money along the way.
Buy less ‘stuff’
By thinking carefully about whether we really need an item, we can avoid buyers remorse, reduce unnecessary clutter in our homes, save money and help the planet at the same time. Helpful tips include delaying before making a purchase, only shopping when you really need something and making good use of what you already have.
Consider gifting experiences (like a cookery course) rather than material items which may one day end up in the rubbish.
Buy items that are made to last
Buying a white shirt produces the same carbon emissions as driving a car for 35 miles, according to a study by Oxfam. Avoiding so called ‘fast fashion’ and instead buying items that are made to last could be one way of reducing your carbon footprint and saving money in the long run.
If something gets damaged, bring out the sewing machine or ask for help from a practical friend or family member to make a repair.
Avoid single use plastics
There’s been lots in the media recently about the damage single use plastics do to our environment, and rightfully so. There are lots of ways we can reduce demand from manufacturers of single use plastics, such as carrying a bag for life, using refill stations rather than wasting money on plastic water bottles and saying no to plastic straws at restaurants.
Use charity shops and ‘upcycle'
By buying ‘preloved’ furniture, clothing and other items from charity shops instead of new items you can stop adding to the emissions that come from the manufacturing process and at the same time support a good cause. You might also choose to ‘upcycle’ items to create something exactly to your taste that is truly unique.
Tetrapaks and other items, like hard plastics, can be recycled at selected household waste and recycling centres around the Borough.
It goes without saying that no one should be dropping litter, but unfortunately some people do. If you spot a litter problem, you can of course report it to the Council, but some people are choosing to take direct action themselves through group litter picks.
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