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Cooking Oil

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An absolute must in some dishes but if we want to avoid another Fatberg what can we do to reduce, re-use and recycle? Reduce Not all methods of cooking use oil, try alternatives to frying – grill, bake, steam, poach or slow cook instead Measure out how much you use rather than pouring liberally into…

Junk mail

Junk Mail

Every day items are posted through your letterbox, some of which you did not ask for and do not want. Unwanted mail includes: Advertising from companies wanting you to buy something from them e.g. a takeaway or gym membership Post addressed to The Occupier usually delivered by your postman Free newspapers Advertising and offers from…

Gifts with less packaging

gift bag

Have you ever been frustrated by gifts that come sandwiched between two polystyrene blocks, bound with plastic ties, in a plastic bag, inside a larger cardboard twice the size of the gift itself? Perhaps you’re not sure what to get but know you want one that reduces waste. Whether you’re looking for something unusual to…

Cars

Car on scrap yard crane

Even in a city with a great public transport system you may still find the need to use a car for some journeys, after all, if you’ve done a really huge food shop or bought a new gas bottle for your barbeque then carrying this home on public transport is not something to look forward to. In…

Paper

Paper

Whether it’s your daily newspaper, the letters you receive, something you print out or a post-it note you stick up as a reminder, we’re surrounded by different types of paper at home. Paper is a useful material that can easily be recycled but you can also reduce and reuse it easily too Reduce Use ema…

Foil

Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil is a common sight in most kitchens.  It can be used for many things including wrapping sandwiches, covering chocolate bars and Easter eggs and as a takeaway container. Reduce Buy a lunchbox or wrap.  Put your sandwiches directly into the box instead of wrapping them with foil. Buy products such as chocolate bars…

Envelopes

Envelopes

White or brown, window or no window, envelopes in a variety of different sizes will be posted through your letterbox every week. Reduce Reduce junk mail Sign up to read news on line or shop online Use email Put several items in the same envelope (check the postage value before sending) Reuse Put a sticker…

Cardboard

Cardboard box

We find card in all shapes and sizes at home, including cereal packets, kitchen rolls and corrugated cardboard boxes.  It’s easy to use card over and over again. Reduce Ask for deliveries to be made in one go so you don’t get lots of small boxes. Buy large boxes of cereal – they have less…

Toys and Games

Toys and Games

Most homes will have toys and board games that are no longer used tucked away in cupboards and drawers. Reduce Buy toys that are durable Check you’re buying toys and games that are wanted Be careful with toys to help them last longer Reuse Borrow toys and games from your local toy library Swap toys…

Stamps

Stamps

In 1840 the first stamp was used in the UK, it is now one of the most valuable stamps in the world.  The stamps we use today also have a value after they’ve been used. Reduce Use electronic communication.  Send an email or an e-card. Put more than one item in an envelope – check…

Electrical items

DVD Player

How many items do you have at home that have a plug or need to be plugged in to charge? The average home now has almost three times as many energy-using goods compared with the 1970’s. Take a look at our electrical items section for more information and things you could do. Reduce Know what…

Books

Books

Whether it’s a classic, a romance or a crime thriller most of us enjoy spending time reading a book. Reduce Borrow books from your local library Download e-books to read or listen to on your computer or e-book reader Reuse Donate books in good condition to your local library, school or charity shop Swap books…

Wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper

You don’t need lots of wrapping paper to make presents look good.  Look at our tips for alternative ways of displaying your presents. Reduce Buy presents that do not need to be wrapped, such as vouchers and experience gifts. Don’t use paper, put it in a box which can be used again and again. Plan…

Plastic packaging

Plastic Packaging

There are lots of different types of plastic. Each type has different chemical properties making them hard to recycle all together. When you look in your rubbish bin most of the items in it, after you’ve recycled everything you can, are made from plastic. For example shrink wrapping and trays for meat and fish. You…

Paint

Paint

We all like the bright colours and variety that painting a room can give to our homes.  At some point many of us will decide to redecorate and pick a new colour to paint our homes or workplaces.  As a toxic substance, it is best to reduce, reuse and recycle paint wherever possible. Reduce Measur…

Mobile phones

Mobile Phones

It seems that a new mobile phone is launched every day.  Technology is changing very quickly and new versions are offered to you all the time. With so many mobile phones and chargers sat in drawers not being used do you really need that new phone or is your current phone good enough? Reduce Look…

Magazines

Magazines

In the UK 2,600 magazines are bought every minute – that’s a lot of paper and a lot of trees, energy and waster needed to make them.  So what can we do to reduce, reuse and recycle them? Reduce Share a magazine subscription.  If you buy the same magazine as a friend or family member…

Greetings Cards

Greeting cards

We all love to receive cards but most are recycled or thrown away after the special occasion.  See what can you do to reduce, reuse and recycle more. Reduce Make a list.  Work out how many cards you need so you don’t end up with lots of extra ones you won’t use. Send an e-card. …

Computers

Computers

Advances in technology make a lot of computer equipment out of date very quickly. Make sure you keep all the leads, discs and instruction manuals for your computer so when you don’t need it anymore someone else will be able to use it easily. Reduce Research your IT needs.  Know what you want from your…

Clothes

Clothes

We spend over £20 billion on clothes every year – so it seems shopping is a national hobby. Make the most from your current wardrobe without needing to buy lots and lots of new clothes. Reduce Only buy clothes you love and know you will wear. Follow the washing instructions to help clothes last longer.…

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree. With bright and colourful decorations and the child-like thrill when you see all the wrapped parcels under it, nothing says ‘it’s Christmas’ quite like your tree. The debate about which type of tree is better for the environment is had every year, you could be all for an…

CDs and DVDs

CD's and DVD's

Reduce Rent discs through an established scheme.  Once you’ve watched it send it back and get a new one – No need to buy as many discs, saving you money and space. Rent films and CD’s from your local library. Check if your library allows you to download e-books on to your computer or phone.…

Batteries

Batteries

There are lots of items in your home that need batteries to keep them running.  From cordless phones and radios to, game controllers and toys. There are lots of different types of battery.  Each type is used for a different reason so when you’re buying products, try to buy ones that need the same types…

Bags

Recycled bag

Bags are obviously useful for getting items home from the shops and for carrying all the things you need every day. Plastic and cotton bags come in all colours and sizes and they’re everywhere. In England we used more than 140 plastic bags per person during 2014. In almost every shop you’re offered a plastic…