Over 13 billion plastic shopping bags are given out in the UK every year. Their average use is 20 minutes, but they can take hundreds of years to break down.

The best thing we can do with waste is not to produce it in the first place!

Reducing our waste by not producing so much is something each one of us can do.

As consumers we can use our purchasing power and choose products which are produced sustainably, use little or no packaging and are durable. Buying only what we really need also helps reverse the trend of today's throw-away society.

Find out how you can reduce your waste with our tips on:

Interesting Facts

Waste typically costs companies 4.5% of their turnover (source: Envirowise).

An average office could save thousands of pounds a year just by using both sides of A4 paper.

Recycle Cartons

You can now recycle cartons.

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