Follow our top tips to become a greener shopper!
Every year we produce seven times our body weight in rubbish and unnecessarily throw away £420 worth of food. The key to reducing your rubbish is to create less in the first place. Here are our top ten tips to help you look after the environment and save money.
- Make a shopping list. Plan your meals before you go shopping and only buy what you need. Don’t be tempted by special offers on food items that may go out of date before you get round to eating them.
- Shop locally. Reduce your carbon footprint by buying food grown locally and products made in the UK. Buy from farmers’ markets, delicatessens, butchers and local organic delivery services.
- Take a cloth bag or ‘bag for life’ shopping and say no to unnecessary plastic carrier bags.
- Buy loose fruit and vegetables. They are much cheaper than pre-packed - and remember, only use a bag for them if absolutely necessary.
- Buy dry goods such as pasta, rice and cereal in bulk. Avoid multi-packs or individually wrapped items which are more expensive, contain less and create more rubbish.
- Choose products with recyclable packaging and avoid over-packaged goods. You can recycle paper and card, glass bottles and jars, tins, cans, empty aerosols and plastic bottles in your orange sack or recycling bank.
- Buy refills or long-lasting products such as rechargeable batteries and low energy light bulbs.
- Buy recycled products such as toilet and kitchen roll. Products made from recycled materials take less energy to make and help save valuable natural resources.
- Drink tap water and avoid bottled water. Tap water is just as good for you, cheaper and doesn’t create packaging waste. Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water to drink when you’re on the go.
- Keep your fridge between 1-5 degrees Celsius. Food will go off quicker if it’s not stored correctly.
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.
You can now recycle cartons.