REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTIONYou can reduce your waste by only buying what you need – we throw away 2 million slices of ham in the UK every day! Check Love Food Hate Wastefor great tips on making the most of your fridge.
REUSE ITEMS FOR A LONGER LEASE OF LIFEItems you can easily reuse are carrier bags, jam jars or envelopes. Maybe your household is up for buying refurbished fridges and cookers from a charity such as Create UK. And make sure to bring your clothes to the charity shop for someone else to wear!
RECYCLE EVERYTHING YOU CANGo to your council’s website to find out how recycling works in your area. Request a leaflet or print out what you can and can’t recycle and get an extra container in your kitchen to make separating your waste as easy as possible. Can you get subsidised compost bins in your area? Find out at getcomposting.com.
Turn off the lights when you leave a roomSomething as small and simple as turning off the lights when you leave a room will help you reduce energy bill.
Turn off all appliances at the switchTurn off all appliances at the switch and don’t leave them on standby. For example, most microwaves use more energy to power their clock rather than heating food!
Turn down your heating and your boilerJust turning the central heating down by 1 degree can save a household 10% a year on heating bills.
Install a water-saving device in your toiletWe use a third of our domestic water just to flush it down the toilet. With a free Hippo bag from Thames Water you can save two litres with every flush. You can also get free shower heads and tap inserts from them. Have a look!
Have quick showers instead of having bathsWrite something clever here!
Buy locally and in season
Walk or cycle placesGetting places this way is not only making you less prone to heart disease, it also makes communities safer and improves how people feel about their area.
For longer journeys make sure to use public transportIf you do have to use your car, think about car sharing and use websites such as London LiftShare.
If you are an environmental organisation or community group and are interested in sharing knowledge and best practice in engagement and community development, we would like to hear from you. We put on regular talks where people from the third sector can present their practice and share ideas with like-minded people.