Use our advice to help you to make better purchases and become a smart shopper!
By making Smart Shopping decisions, we can reduce our impact on the environment by reducing the amount of waste we produce.
Less waste means less energy and raw materials being used to make new products which reduce green house gas emissions and helps keep valuable materials out of landfill sites.
What can I do?
Below, we have listed some of the simple things you can do to reduce waste and save money through smarter shopping:
- Stick to your shopping list! Don’t be swayed by all those Buy One Get One free items, avoid the temptation to buy and leave them on the shelf this will save wastage and your cash!
- Say NO to single use plastic carrier bags at the supermarket till – instead use reusable ‘bags for life’ next time you visit the supermarket. Many supermarkets will replace 'bags for life' that have become broken or worn through free of charge.
- Store your reusable bags conveniently, like in your car, so you don’t forget them the next time you go shopping.
- Avoid excess packaging such as ready meals, plastic wrapped bananas, individually wrapped biscuits etc.
- Choose fruit and vegetables that are loose and not pre-packed for you, and avoid layered packaging;
- Avoid using cling film and foil - invest wisely in reusable storage containers instead;
- Avoid disposable varieties of products, such as batteries, cleaning cloths, razors etc. Think about buying more durable items to replace them to reduce rubbish and save cash;
- Choosing refills for products that offer them e.g. fabric conditioner, air fresheners, printer cartridges.
- Refills can reduce the amount of packaging used by 75% and can also save you money too.
- Buying in bulk such as family size or economy size items such as washing powder, rice, pasta, coffee etc can save money and create less packaging in the long run.
- Ditch bottled water and drink tap. Invest in a refillable drinking bottle, you’ll save a lot of money and reduce the amount of plastic packaging produced.
- Choose higher quality items that are likely to last longer and keep them well-maintained to increase the product lifetime.
- Opt for reusable, washable nappies instead of disposables, it produces a lot less waste and will save you money.
- Check what’s in your cupboard or freezer – not forgetting the back of your fridge – before you shop for more.
- Re-use food containers for storing food and packed lunches. Margarine or ice cream tubs are great for home freezing. Metal chocolate or biscuit tins can be reused for food storage. Cardboard boxes can be used for storage or for parcels.
- Buy recycled - Remember that by purchasing products packaged using recycled materials, you are helping to create a market for the recycled materials.
- Buy products with packaging that can be recycled and remember to recycle this in your kerbside collection scheme or local recycling centre.
- Provide customer feedback when you believe a product has too much packaging. Contact the retailer, brand or supplier.
- Buy milk from a local supplier in returnable glass bottles, instead of plastic bottles;
- Do you really need it? Ask yourself this question next time you go shopping. Can you reuse or repair what you’ve got, can you buy recycled?