1. Stop junk mail

To stop receiving junk mail, get in touch with the Mailing Preference Service and Royal Mail.

Make sure that when you give your name and address, you tick that you don't want your details to be used for future promotions or passed to other marketing agencies!

2. Think before you shop

Before you shop, think about how you could reduce your waste. For example, you could buy things with less packaging or you could buy second-hand. 

You could buy something that will last longer, rather than something disposable. Re-chargeable batteries are cheaper than disposable ones for example and can be used over and over. Using real knives and forks for parties, instead of plastic ones, can also make a real difference.

To avoid taking home more carrier bags, choose reusable shopping bags. If you have a car, keep them in the boot, or keep a tote bag on you so you always have it to hand.
 

3. Your rubbish is another person’s treasure!

Contact your local Furniture Re-use Network. They distribute unwanted furniture and household goods to those in need. You can also advertise your old furniture in your local paper or on websites likeFreecycleor Freegle. If you're having a clear out, you can donate your unwanted clothes, books and gifts to charity shops. Alternatively use clothing banks at your local recycling centre.

4. Avoid wasting food

Every year in the UK we throw away £12.5 billion worth of good food! This costs the average family almost £60 a month. To find out useful tips on how to store food, tantalising recipes and advice on portioning and meal planning, visit Love Food Hate Waste.

 

5. Re-paint

You can donate leftover paint to your local charity. To find your nearest scheme visit Community Repaint.