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environment - reduce, reuse, recycle...
Only buy things you really need. Most of what we throw away could be used again. Think twice before you put something in the bin. Try and cut down on the amount you buy new and then throw away.
Use containers again - buy food, drinks and toiletries in returnable containers and ask local shops to stock them. Ask your school or workplace to provide reusable cups, plates, cutlery etc.
Recycle things yourself, and buy recycled products. For information on household waste disposal get in touch with your local authority for recycling schemes in your area - and ask them to improve their recycling services. Why not start your own collection scheme at work or school.
Charity and nearly new shops, jumble sales and community schemes are good places to donate or sell second hand clothes, toys and furniture. It is also well worth shopping at second hand outlets.
Old spectacles can be given to high-street opticians to be donated to people around the world.
Clearing out the attic? Try selling your stuff rather than taking it to the dump. Check out online auction sites like ebay - where you can also bid for anything from second-hand designer clothes to boats.
The amount of plastic packaging waste from UK households is about one million tonnes. Buying fruit and vegetables loose could cut your waste drastically. Take a shopping bag with you and try not to buy drinks in plastic bottles. Write to the companies concerned asking them to change their policies.
Stop subscribing to magazines that you don't have time to read (and save yourself a few quid) - your local library will probably stock a range of periodicals.
If each of the UK's 10 million office workers used one fewer staple a day, that could save 120 tonnes of steel a year.
Reduce junk mail pouring through your door by signing up with the Mailing Preference Service.