Reduce your waste
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Reduce Your Waste
This planet has limited natural resources, which we currently using at an unsustainable rate. If everyone lived and consumed as those in the UK do, we would need 2.8 Earths to sustain ourselves.
This consumption impacts nature, air quality, climate change, water, and many other parts of our natural world. As part of our Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy, we aim to move towards a Circular Economy - keeping resources in use for longer, and reducing what we waste.
Image shows the circular economy demonstrating recycling and reuse keeps resources in use longer - therefore using fewer resources and producing less waste.
Have you downloaded the Refill App? See where you can refill your water bottle, get a discount for using your reusable coffee cup, and where you can get package free food.
Have you tried reusable period products?
Millions of single-use period products are used across the UK each week, and many brands of tampons and pads contain a high percentage of plastic! To help reduce this waste, WasteAware have created a 15% discount scheme to reduce the upfront cost of these reusable alternatives. Find out more and get your discount code at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/sustainable-periods
To reduce waste, we must first Rethink and Refuse - do you need that freebie which will end up in the bin, or that 2 for 1 deal? Do you really need a new outfit? Can you Reuse, Refurbish, Repair, Repurpose, or Borrow instead? This can significantly reduce your waste without making any significant life changes or expensive - in fact, it will probably save you lots of money! If you do need something new, why not buy something pre-loved?