Recycle: well, of course. But think about what things really can be recycled. If you do buy bread, for instance, could the bag be recycled along with plastic bags at the grocery store? Many stores have collection points so include these bags. Own a pet? Get dry food in those heavy paper bags or get wet food in tins. Also check out terracycle, you can send items that you wouldn’t normally be able to recycle (crisp packets etc).
Get a vegetable box: since using vegetable box delivery I’ve noticed we have a lot less plastic around. Also check if you have local growers, not only helping the local economy but cuts fuel and tastes great.
Refuse: when buying items, do you really need it? Still companies send out catalogues, this is pointless now we are so proficient with the web. Unsubscribe from catalogues and refuse wasteful freebies that use plastic recycling.
Don’t just bin: it’s good to have a clear out, but could items be sold on eBay? generate some cash and recycle! Maybe your local recycling has a service for clothes and shoes, it’s well worth knowing what you can do.
Compost: now if like us, you don’t have much of a garden, you can still find ways to rid of organic matter in a friendly way. Again, check local services there may be a drop off point near you or check if a company does pick up.
Buy second hand: this is even easier today with websites such as eBay or even amazon. You can get some great deals and quite often the item has barely been used.
Buy balk or larger packet size: bigger the pack the less packaging over all is used. I’m not completely convinced about these refill packs as they can be non recyclable even of they quote they save 70% on packaging (well, clearly if you compare a glass weight to a plastic weight it would be 70% less! But is it as easy to recycle?)
Is there a biodegradable alternative?: does it have to be made in plastic? Is there a natural alternative? Many items now made in bio plastics. Usually made from corn starch. Addis biosense black bin liners are actually better than most normal non biodegradable alternatives for instance.
Reuse: try and keep a tote on you when you go out so you don’t use plastic bags. Take your own bags to get groceries.
Make your own: making up meals, bread, stock can not only save money but also packaging. Stock can be frozen and just pop into pan as and when needed. Stock is also a great way of making the most of vegetables that are on their way out and, if you eat meat, use bones to give depth of flavour for a great stock.