Countdown to Zero Waste
National Zero Waste Week will take place from 1 September to 7 September 2014. Now in its seventh year, this year they’re asking “One More Thing” – What one more thing could YOU do to reduce the amount of stuff you throw in the bin?
We generate about 177 million tonnes of waste every year in England alone. Looking at what is thrown away and how much there is can be truly amazing or really frightening. It’s really easy to reduce your rubbish though and as well as saving money Zero Waste Week founder Rae Strauss believes there are lots of other benefits for you too.
So use this week to work out the one more thing you can do to use rubbish as a resource and make this the best Zero Waste Week yet!
Not sure what to you could do? Why not consider…
- Using reusable shopping bags
- Make a shopping list to avoid buying food you don’t need and won’t get round to eating in time
- Making full use of your kerbside collections- including food waste collection and recycling all the materials you can
- Switching to paperless billing – some companies will even offer you a discount
- Using reusable rather than disposable items like cloths instead of kitchen towel, refillable water bottles and using washable nappies instead of disposables
- Saving vegetable stalks and freeze until you have enough to make soup or mix with cooked leftovers then make soup
- Mending your clothes instead of binning them, not sure how? Then check out these easy to follow guides from Love Your Clothes
- Donate or list for free on line (Freecycle or Freegle) furniture you no longer want
- Re-vamp a piece of furniture instead of throwing it out – get inspired
- Sort out some clothes you no longer wear and bring them to a Swish to get yourself a new outfit you’ll love
If you are still stumped, there are plenty of ideas out there. Check the Zero Waste Week blog and The Rubbish Diet site for inspiration and suggestions on how to reduce your landfill waste. You can sign up for the Zero Waste Week newsletter too.