Recycle Week 2018 - Ways to save money and reduce the amount of plastic you use at home

It may seem difficult at first, but there are a few free and easy ways you can significantly reduce the amount of plastic you use in your home and save some cash.

For example, you can:

  • Bring reusable bags with you when you go shopping. Not only will you avoid paying the shopping bag tax, but you won’t be bringing another piece of plastic into your home.
  • Stop using plastic, disposable straws and switch to using reusable or paper ones that are kinder to the environment. Whilst the initial outlay may be more, you’ll save in the long run.
  • Take a reusable bottle with you when you’re out and about. You can refill your water bottle for free in places such as Costa, Premier Inn or anywhere listed on the Refill app. Not only will this help to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles you use, but it’ll help to save you some money too.
  • Be supermarket savvy. It can be cheaper to purchase loose, unpackaged fruit and veg and you won’t have unnecessary packaging to dispose of. Ask for a cardboard box to pop everything in when you’re at the supermarket, or bring your own paper or cloth bags.
  • Buy refills instead of brand new bottles or jars of things such as coffee, hand soap or shower gel. This is often a cheaper option and helps to cut down significantly on the amount of packaging used.
  • If you use a lot of a particular product, such as breakfast cereal or pet food, consider buying it in bulk. Bigger packs often mean bigger savings and as they last for a long time, mean that you’ll reduce the amount of waste you produce without even thinking about it!
  • Last but not least, recycle whatever you can, whenever you can! If you’ve got a stash of old supermarket plastic bags that you aren’t using, why not take them to a bag recycling point at your local Tesco or Sainsbury’s? If you shop online, Morrisons will deduct 5p for every bag you return to the delivery driver when your order is dropped off. Materials such as cling film or the thin plastic films that cover frozen pizza or ready meals can’t be recycled at the kerbside, but they can be taken to bag recycling points or dropped off at the Weston Mill recycling centre.