Reducing your consumption might sound like a big challenge at first. After all – it’s not like we walk around deliberately wasting our money on items we don’t need. This week, we want you to take a step back, put on a fresh pair of eyes and really evaluate where you can reduce consumption. Here are some easy and quick wins.
Tip 1: Birthdays, Valentines, Christmas, Anniversaries and Easter
What do all of these events share in common? Gifts. Most of us will purchase a card at these times of years to send to loved ones, friends, families or even work colleagues. We hate to break it to you, but this is the easiest way to reduce your waste. Don’t buy into the gimmicks. If you love someone on Valentines day, show them by cooking them a romantic meal or writing them a love letter. You can always buy eco-friendly gifts; even an Easter egg can be eco these days! It’s about adjusting your habits, and this is a great place to start.
Tip 2: Swap out your most used items
Some items are a ‘must-have’ on our weekly shopping. It might be toilet roll, shampoo, meat, or like us – cookies. Take a look at what you buy regularly and ask yourself if there is a way to reduce the waste created from them. We stopped purchasing cookies in wrapping and started batch cooking, making our own using raw ingredients that we picked up in a reusable tub from a refill store! No more packaging waste.
Tip 3: The power of saying no
Leaflets through your door. Unwanted straws in your drinks. Free cutlery with your takeaway. All of this additional waste adds up, and the easiest way to reduce it is by saying no. Are you ordering food or drinks? Tell them no straws, no napkins, no cutlery – you don’t want waste. Pop a sign up on your front door saying no leaflets. Saying no is a powerful way to reduce your waste.