We live in a society with a disposable attitude to much of what we buy. Many things that we purchase are thrown away long before they come to the end of their lives, be that as we keep up with changes in fashion, technology or are just tempted by ever slicker marketing.
Reducing what we use is at the core of the western world’s current drive to engender change. But this is not necessarily about hugging trees and wearing footwear made from rushes. Most of what we can do is sensible, practical and will save us money.
Below are some obvious and perhaps not so obvious ways to reduce. If you have any others you want to add click here, let us know and we will add them to the list.
- Let the lawn grow longer, it will stay greener and need less water
- Defrost Fridges and Freezers regularly
- Don't put hot food in the fridge
- Use red chilli powder or paprika to repel ants
- Use non-toxic glue and water-based paints
- Keep your car's engine well tuned
- Use the Local Authorities Recycling Scheme
- Turn off lights when you leave a room
- Use reusable bags when you go shopping
- Do not pour used cooking oil down the drain
- When replacing appliances, check energy efficiency rating
- When replacing light bulbs, use the energy-efficient type
- Buy products that contain recycled materials
- Only use the washing machine if it is full
- Repair dripping taps
- Use a glass of water when rinsing your teeth, don't leave a tap running
- Use water that eggs have been boiled in for watering plants
- Use herbs or a small dish of vanilla as a room freshener
- Ensure correct disposal of hazardous materials, not down the drain
- Use cat litter or sand (instead of salt) on icy paths
- Waste reduction starts at the supermarket. By making slight alterations to your shopping list you can significantly reduce the amount of waste created in and around the home.
- Buy only what you need- avoiding those pointless purchases. Items that rarely get used can be borrowed or shared with others.
- Buy products that can be reused - bottles instead of cans and rechargeable batteries.
- Buy all-purpose household cleaner Instead of buying many different ones for each cleaning role.
- Buy products with little packaging So that less packaging ends up in your rubbish bin.
For those items you use regularly, buy them in bulk instead of in smaller amounts.
- Sell or give away unwanted items even sell your possessions in a car-boot sale and earn some extra cash.