Recycling and packaging

• Take a bottle of water with you when you go out so you don’t end up buying a drink in a plastic bottle. Buy a water filter if you don’t like tap water

• Take your own coffee cup if you want a take-away (keepcup.com is a good model)

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• Choose your products carefully according to their packaging e.g., packaging which is refillable (such as cleaning products) or products which are sold in recycled or recyclable material (such as glass). Resist plastic convenience packaging such as squeezy ketchup & mayonnaise. Never buy anything packaged in polystyrene.

• Always carry a re-usable bag so you don’t ever need to use a plastic bag in a shop.
• Take your own containers to the supermarket when buying things like olives from the deli counter, fish, meat, cheese…

Charity shop• Take stuff – clothes, books, CDs etc – to charity shops or list them on swap sites, such as ecomodo.com/ and freecycle

Clothes and shoes too old to go to a charity shop can be put in clothes recycling bins to go to night shelters for homeless people

• For unwanted furniture – sell it to second hand furniture shops, Freecycle it or just leave it outside for passers by
• Electrical goods can go to specialist Oxfam shops. See.oxfam.org.uk/shopfinder/ShopFinder

• Buy recycled and sustainable products as much as possible, even building materials. This website is a good place to start looking: recycledproducts.org.uk/view/

• Join Freecycle or Freegle – get rid of anything that someone else might find a use for, and request things you are looking for.

• If you get your shirts washed via a laundry service, take the hangers back for them to re-use.

• If you work in an office, try to influence the recycling policy if you need to. It can be very easy just to get an industrial sized paper recycling bin. Ensure that any new printers have the capability to print both sides (this will save money on paper). Start a pile of scrap paper and guillotine into A5 with a bulldog clip for an eco-friendly notepad.

Recycling• Ensure you don’t contaminate your recycling – dirty tins and food packaging get rejected at the recycling centres and go to landfill anyway, so wash everything out. Remove the caps from plastic bottles

• Ensure you break up your packaging if you need to – e.g., a sandwich wrapper might have plastic & paper, which might need to go in two different collections.
• Re-use anything you can –e.g., yoghurt pots as food containers, take-away packaging as lunch boxes etc.

• Don’t forget to Reduce before you Re-use before you Recycle. Recycling alone is good but think about how much you consume in the first place (especially packaging) and think about how you can re-use or repair things before you put them in the recycling