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The most effective way to reduce waste is not to create it in the first place. Making new products requires a lot of materials and energy – consider the raw materials that have to be extracted, the energy used to produce the product, and then the transportation. As a result, reducing the number of things you buy and reusing existing products are the most effective ways you could save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

How to reduce the impact of items we use?

Pass unwanted items onto others:

  • Use Bright Sparks, who will come and collect your reusable furniture and household items and pass them onto someone who needs them, free of charge. You can also buy second-hand items from them.
  • Find your nearest charity shop to make a donation.
  • Use reuse and swapping sites such as Freegle, Freecycle or Olio and TippTap.
  • TRAID offers a free collection service of multiple bags of unwanted textiles from your door. Complete the booking form or call TRAID direct on 020 8733 2595 to arrange a pick-up.