#SecondHandSeptember also includes #ZeroWasteWeek and #RecyclingWeek. If there is ever a time to get inspired personally and professionally it is now!

We see a lot of coverage on plastic waste, which is a colossal issue – but we are also on a mission to help reduce food waste too. Some experts (including our founder, Kate) say food waste is even worse for climate crisis than plastic.  One of the key reasons why food waste has a far greater impact on global warming is that there is much more of it. 

 
WRAP has launched a campaign encouraging the hospitality sector to reduce waste with a “ Guardians of Grub ” campaign.

WRAP has launched a campaign encouraging the hospitality sector to reduce waste with a “Guardians of Grub” campaign.

 

So what can you do? Dig in for some quick, easy tips to Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot OR Round Up – our advice is do one at a time, don’t get overwhelmed. Here goes:

Refuse: 

  • Don’t accept things you don’t want – it’s your right to say no.

  • At work, refuse to print, replace paper towels in washrooms and switch disposable kitchenware for reusable – (check out CupClub for larger businesses).

  • Check out Less Plastic UK who has ALL the advice needed for businesses to eradicate single use unnecessary plastic.

 
 

Reduce:

Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help.  Join Second Hand September  and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people - it’s unsustainable. Now there's something you can do to help. Join Second Hand September and pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days.

  • Go packaging free – loose produce and deli counters from supermarkets, take your own kit of containers and bags.

  • At home you need just three ingredients: Castile soap on floors and sinks, baking soda for scrubbing jobs, and vinegar for mould (Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home has an extensive natural cleaners recipe list.)

  • At work be conscious of the catering – what happens to leftover food and plastic platters, can it be less wasteful?

 Reuse:

  • Do you have to buy new? Can you share items with others? Buy secondhand? Set up a street share scheme?

  • Repairing may seem such a pain when you can replace so easily but throwing it ‘away’ doesn’t mean it really goes ‘away’. If you can’t fix it, check out Task Rabbit for someone who can. 

 Rot:

  • Rotting food in landfill becomes a significant source of methane (a potent greenhouse gas with twenty-one times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide). Buy what you need, cook what you’ll eat and compost. Check out Love Food Hate Waste for ways to avoid throwing away your food, loads of great ideas.

 Recycling:

  • Check the incredibly useful recyclenow.com to find out how to recycle in your area. 

  • Ditch the cling film (can’t be recycled). Use bowls and plates, and existing containers instead!

  • If you still seem to have plastic bags after refusing (bread bags, cereal liners, magazine wrappers, nappy wrappers) collect them and pop them into the plastic bag collection point at the supermarkets. 

  • At work, remove personal bins and have a general waste and recycling point.

Round up

“When we pick up rubbish, we help normalise caring for our planet.” Via  @laurainwaterland

“When we pick up rubbish, we help normalise caring for our planet.” Via @laurainwaterland

An extra R for you - round up litter as you go about your business. Can you really walk past that plastic bottle knowing it will be there forever?

  • Join the #litterati and host or join a clean up in your area through Keep Britain Tidy. Kids love it!

  • Companies like Veris Strategies help to mobilise Waste Warriors at work, find out more here.

Need more?
Avoid care products with polyethylene micro-beads.
Buy clothes made from natural fibres, and avoid synthetics like acrylic, Spanx and nylon.
Buy care products that come in metal or glass containers, or are made from bamboo or natural fibres.
When travelling, decant your beauty products into travel size reusable containers instead of buying mini versions.