1. Don’t waste food

Every day supermarkets and bakeries throw away tonnes and tonnes of unsold bread that’s no longer seen as “fresh”, before they are thrown away the price of them is often reduced. One example of how to use this to yours and the world’s advantage is to buy it when it’s reduced and freeze it until you want to use it. It’s a great way to stop food waste and you’ll save money in the process! Another method could be using any leftover food you have and making something else out of it, there are thousands of “left over recipes” online for you to look through.

 2. Cut down/ out plastic

Cut down on your plastic use by looking for food packaging that can be 100% recycled, taking your own metal cutlery to picnics and to work or by using a lunch box instead of food bags. Another great way of cutting down plastic – which is also one of the oceans biggest issues- is buying your own reusable plastic bottle, you can find these in different litres and colours. Coffee shops will offer to fill up your water bottle whilst you’re on the go- Starbucks even offer ice.

3. Cutting down on energy consumption

Did you know that you can use a microwave to cook things other than ready meals? You can cook things such as rice, jacket potatoes and eggs. You can also make hot drinks such as coffee and hot chocolate. Another great way to cut down on energy consumption is using LED/ energy saving light bulbs and by turning off appliances when not in use.

4. Go paperless

Try keeping everything electronic such as concert tickets, receipts, bank statements and letters. Keeping everything as digital as possible saves the use of paper and therefore save trees. If you find you are in a position where you have been sent something by paper and by email why not recycle the paper version of it and keep the email safe on your phone- you can also request PDF’s from some companies.

5. Plastic bags

Use canvas/ tote bags instead of plastic bags when it comes to shopping. It’s easy to get carried away with your shopping and before you know it you’re stuck with 20 plastic bags in the back of your car or around your home. If you take reusable ones with you the next time you go shopping you won’t have to pay for your plastic bags, re-usable ones are much stronger and you won’t be stuck with 100’s of plastic bags. The best thing about tote bags is you can find them in any colour you want.

6. Cleaning products

A great idea is using old clothes, towels, t shirts or rags instead of cleaning wipes and cloths. Buying cleaning wipes and cloths can be costly, as can buying cleaning products, using old textiles and soapy water to clean your house can be money- saving and it is better for the environment; the cloths can be washed and you can use them again and using soapy water decreases how many plastic cleaning products bottles you have- as some cannot be recycled.

7. Take shorter showers

Taking shorter showers can cut down on your water consumption massively as can fixing leaking taps. A tap or shower head that drips 60 drips per minute wastes 21 litres per day (5 gallons of water a day), that’s 2,082 gallons per year. If you cut down your 12 minute showers down to 4 minutes- it can save 5,840 gallons of water per year.

8. Change travel habits

A great way to cut down on your carbon footprint and do something healthy at the same time could be the amount of 2 minute car journeys you take. One day a week you could take the bus to work or even ask or offer your co- workers or family members a lift. You could also encourage younger people to bike to school and college – the majority of bus passengers tend to be school kids or young people.

9. Eco day/ week /hour – don’t use any electricity!

This one is simply for one day, hour or week a month, cut down on electricity use; try activities that don’t involve TV, phones, computers, game consoles or anything electrical.

10. Face wipes/ beauty wipes

Beauty essentials can be expensive long term, a pack of makeup wipes value at around £1-£1.50 and a large amount of them are not bio- degradable or even flushable. Wet wipes are a one use item so why not use face towels where possible? A pack of 3 face towels retails at around £1-£2. A study in 2017 revealed wet wipes made up 93% of blockages in sewers. Alternatively, if you prefer using make up wipes you can purchase bio- degradable wipes or flush safe wipes.

If you or someone you know wants to get started with their own recycling bin give Bakers Waste a call on: 0333 121 0426