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Let's look at some practical ways to introduce this into our daily lives.

  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.

  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won't have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.

  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

  • Grocery bags and twist ties. Grocery bags can be reused in the shops or as trash bags around the house. Paper bags make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires.

  • Envelopes. By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes. Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes on.

  • Jars and pots. By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends.

  • Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap Make useful packing material when moving house or to store items.

  • Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cosies.

  • Packaging such as foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects.

  • Scrap paper can be used to make notes and sketches. Don’t forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.

  • Used wood can be used in woodcrafts for making objects such as a spice rack or a bird table. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.

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