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Waste Free February Challenge

Sam Bertram

30 January 2018

Many of us watched Blue Planet 2 at the end of last year and were appalled by how much plastic (and that's just the stuff you can see) is polluting our seas. Obviously much of the onus is on the retailers to reduce plastic in their products & packaging, but if we shop more consciously we can also help reduce waste.  Wiltshire Wildlife Trust are encouraging people to get involved in Waste Free February. So who's ready to join the challenge? So what's it all about?Reducing the amount of non-recyclable waste you put in your bin. Waste is anything that cannot be reused, recycled or composted. They're challenging you to reduce your waste down to just one jam jar in the month. If you can't do the whole month just try for a day or a weekend. And if you can't get down to just a jam jar set yourself another target. The main thing is to make an effort to reduce the waste in your household. So always take reusable shopping bags with you. If you have plastic shopping bags take them back to the supermarket to be recycled. If you think you're going to want a coffee then keep a reusable cup with you. If something is packaged in plastic look for alternatives, buy meat from the butchers and ask them not to wrap in plastic, veg from the market using your own bags. Do refills where possible and look for shops that sell loose grains and pasta. Make your own lunch rather than get a takeaway sandwich, and with cleaning products buy larger units to reduce packaging. For Valentine's Day use more eco-friendly cards and wrapping (No shiny cards and glitter).  Even parts of a tea bag contain plastic so buy loose leaf tea instead. Take some tupperware with you for buying loose products.   If keen to read more about how to take up the challenge see below. Good Luck! https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/waste-free-february

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