7 million tonnes of food and drink goes in the bin. Cutting out food waste create the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WRAP

83per cent of sofas are not re-used. Just doubling the number of sofas re-used, could save 52,000 tonnes of CO2 WRAP

Between 25-40% of UK fruit and vegetable crops are rejected by supermarkets and end up in landfill. Tristram Stuart

Between 2012 and 2020 an estimated £7 billion of precious metal will be sent to landfill in the UK’s electronic waste WRAP

12 billion pounds worth of useable food is wasted in the UK - or about 20 million tonnes. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK suffer from malnutrition. Tristram Stuart

Nearly 25 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that's taken to landfill could be reused , worth around £200m gross a year. WRAP

The average family throws away £50 of good food every month WRAP

 

Take a cloth bag when shopping

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If you can’t manage to do anything else to reduce waste, then at least start with this one.

There are 17½ billion plastic carrier bags given out by supermarkets in the UK every year; yet only one in every 200 plastic carrier bags is recycled.

Most carrier bags are used just once before being dumped in the landfill where they can take up to 1000 years to break down. It has to be one of the biggest wastes of resources that we all take for granted. It takes years to create the oil to make the bags, years for them to decompose, yet we only use them for a couple of minutes before throwing them away.

Unfortunately plastic carrier bags can end up in the ocean where they cause untold damage. Creatures such as turtles mistake the bags for food which then get lodged in their throats or stomachs resulting in a painful death.

Our Grandmothers took their own bags and baskets to the shops and now more people are realising they can do the same.

There are a wide variety of bags to choose from and it’s important to find ones that are right for you. You might prefer something that folds up small so you can keep it in your pocket. Or perhaps you prefer a large jute bag with a firm base that stands up on the checkout. If you already have carrier bags at home, keep reusing them before recycling them.

You could even raid your fabric stash and make your own unique shopping bags! Or like Zero Wasters in Presteigne, Powys make cloth bags from recycled fabric and hand them out for free.

 

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