What can I do?
We know from the recent news reports of the global problem of plastics and from our local councils that reducing, reusing and recycling waste is important. So can we reduce our rubbish and keep our neighbourhoods and our planet clean and healthy?
What's in the bin?
Will it last?
What we buy, the packaging it comes in and what we do with things when we are finished with them, can all have an impact on the waste we produce.
We can buy fewer things that last longer.
Products with less packaging can cost less to you as well as the environment.
Reusing, giving away and composting are all good ways of dealing with items, when you are finished with them, or if this isn't possible they can often be recycled.
But in some ways it is the waste that we don't see that can be particularly harmful. Producing some of the goods we buy, can pollute land and water, sometimes getting into the rivers people use for drinking water, washing and fishing.
We are also now more aware that the plastics we use can end up on the other side of the world carried by the ocean's currents, injuring wildlife and polluting beaches.
Simple things can make a difference, like a reusable take-away coffee cup, rather than a disposable one.
Vegetables generally last less well in plastic bags, but if they are bought and stored loose, they tend to last much longer
Buying and supporting fair trade, ethically sourced, recycled and sustainably produced (Like FSC wood) items can help to reduce the impact of making goods on the environment and also help to support local communities.