Beginners guide to reuse
If you want to reuse more, but don't know where to start, this is the page for you.
Reusing something again is a great way at prolonging its life and keeping things from ending up in landfill.
Pay your local charity shop a visit by donating unwanted clothing, household items and books;
If you’ve upgraded your PC or stereo, try donating the old ones to your nearest school;
Find out if there is a furniture reuse scheme or charity near you that would be willing to take your item off your hands.
One persons junk is another person’s treasure! Have you tried making some extra cash at a local car boot sale, online or in the local paper?
Fix it don't bin it and save yourself a heap of cash. If it can’t be repaired, take it to one of your nearest recycling centres.
Why not try and spruce up old furniture rather than throwing it out. It’s amazing what a bit of eggshell paint can do for a tatty pine cupboard.
We've got loads of practical tips and list of how you can turn everyday things into useful items.
When shopping, look for longer-lasting, harder-wearing products that are reusable, refillable or rechargeable rather than disposable.
Rechargeable batteries (they will save you cash too)
Hankies which can be washed and used again rather than single use tissues (this will reduce the amount you put in your black bag)
Use washable cloths rather than disposable cloths and dusters saving you money on the long run
Buy reusable razors where the head can be replaced, rather than throwing all of it away
Try reusable cloth nappies (Real Nappies) instead of disposable ones
Buy table cloths and napkins that can be washed rather than buying the throw away alternatives
If your have a BBQ or party avoid using disposable plates and cutlery and use the real thing that can be washed and reused for another time. Did you know that some supermarkets provide a glass loan service if you are having a party (sometimes this is a free of charge service)
Always aim to buy products that come in refillable packaging, this will save packaging and money in the long run
Stop buying disposable lighter and invest in a refillable one instead
Always remember to take reusable bags with you to the supermarket to save being charged 5p for one each time. It helps to store your bags in your car boot so you won’t forget.
Did you know, your supermarket will replace a broken bag for life for free! Simple take it in and exchange at the check out.
Visit our smarter shopping page for more advice.