1. Give away that leftover food
Going on holiday and don’t want the fridge growing its own fungal ecosystem while you’re gone? Or perhaps you were overly-ambitious about how much you were going to eat this week. Either way, here’s your solution:
Whilst foodbanks are great (and you can find your nearest one here), they understandably require non-perishable food donations. Olio allows you to both give away, and receive, all types of food to your neighbours and local community.
Restaurants are also getting in on the act – if you run your own food-based business, or indeed would like to obtain some lovely food from them, then Too Good to Go enables you to still do your bit.
According to CNN, minimising food waste is the biggest thing you can do as an individual, to have the greatest impact on carbon emissions.
2. Fix your stuff
Ever noticed what a feeling of satisfaction you get when you step back from a bit of DIY, even if it was just a flat-pack from Ikea?
Some of you creative sorts will already know this. You’ll be basking in the mental health benefits of learning a practical skill, finding your flow and the mindfulness that comes with it. But what about those of us who need it to be a bit easier?
Well, what if we told you you can get that same glow from repairing something AND you can get help with it AND it’s good for both you and the environment (how many benefits exactly do you want??)
Even better news is a new EU regulation that has been passed requiring electronics companies to make their products easier to repair (Apple we’re looking at you). In the meantime Ifixit have compiled various repair guides to assist you.
3. Having a clothes clearout? Stop right there.
Can’t be bothered to try and sell them? Don’t have time to get to the charity shop on a weekend? We get it, but what if returning your hand-me-downs via a local drop-off point got you a discount on your next purchase?
Whilst admittedly it might not necessarily solve your decluttering problems, if you’re needing some replacements to your current wardrobe then give the Regain App a try. With big names such as Superdry, Missguided, Moss Bros and Boohoo, amongst others, you’re sure to find something.
Diverting unwanted clothes from landfills, your clothes are either re-used or recycled to provide materials for new clothes, win-win.
If clothes shopping is your guilty pleasure then you can find 7 ways to do it in a more eco-friendly manner here.
4. The environment doesn’t want your junk mail anymore than you do
What do you do when you receive unwanted mail – put it in the recycling bin? Great, but why not stop it from being produced and posted out to you in the first place, that’s even better for the environment.
Whilst revoking your consent to be marketed to by ‘returning to sender’ is one option, Citizens Advice offer a number of other, simple options to implement, to help prevent you receiving more, or new, marketing in the future
Think about the journey of a piece of direct marketing, if you will. Powering the computer to design it, the printer and inks to produce it, the paper (with potential plastic coating) to print it. Then it makes its journey in at least two, if not more, methods of transport. And then it will typically end up in landfill. Times that by several million, each year. Not great, huh?