Second week of Lent
10 WASTE WEEK (Week 2)
11 Carry your own water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery. Plastic items like these will not decompose for thousands of years. In the UK we use over 35 million plastic bottles every day, and 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year, fewer than 1 in 400 of which are recycled.
12 Take responsibility. Make a list of the items you throw away today. Identify wasteful items you can eliminate from your daily habits.
13 Reduce food waste. Buy only the food you need (making a shopping list helps). Eat or give away all the food you buy.
14 Put waste in its place. When you do have waste, dispose of it properly. If you’re in an area without receptacles, put your waste in a bag or pocket until you arrive at a bin, or take it home to dispose of, recycling what you can.
15 Avoid excessive food packaging. Buy loose fruit and veg at the supermarket – it’s often cheaper – or choose a different place to shop. Try our local farmers’ markets at Little Chalfont or Beaconsfield.
16 Minimise your waste. Re-use what you can and recycle the rest. Rinse out margarine and ice cream tubs to store left over food, or use for packed lunches. If you have a dog, re-use plastic bags that bread, fruit and veg or junk mail came in as poo bags.