Think before you throw away!
- Choose products with minimal packaging wherever possible
- Take your own shopping bag with you. Make a habit of keeping a reusable bag in your pocket or at the bottom of your handbag all the time. Disposable plastic bags create litter and harm wildlife, especially marine life
- Give unwanted items in good condition to charity shops rather than throwing them away
- Join Freegle (an online network) to get hold of second hand items for free and to give away things you no longer need.
- Try out cloth nappies (maybe get some on Freegle) or try a real nappy laundry service – it’s no more expensive than disposable nappies, especially when you average the cost over more than one child. There are a wide variety of very hi-tech real nappies these days – easy to use, reliable and comfortable. They even come in bright colours and pretty designs! Each day 8 million nappies are thrown away, creating a massive amount of waste
- Recycle as much as you can – paper, envelopes, card, plastics, foil, tins and glass can all be recycled together in Merton
Reduce, re-use and recycle
Products and packaging require energy and raw materials to be made. Plastic packaging is made from valuable oil; much of it will remain unaltered in the environment for well over 100 years. In the UK we are running out of landfill space and every year it becomes more expensive, putting up your Council Tax.