Join the war against waste

Over a third of our rubbish is made up of packaging. Here's how to reduce it…

Buy in bulk Not only will one large box of cereal cost you less than two smaller ones, but there’ll also be less packaging to throw away.

Choose loose veg It costs less and your bin will be emptier at the end of the week. The government’s Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimates families spend £470 just on packaging each year – one sixth of our total food bill.

Look for clever packaging Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer are all starting to use biodegradable and compostable packaging.

Be prepared Take reusable bags to the shops.

Buy local Visit your local farm shop or Markey – you won’t find individually wrapped produce on display.

Get milk delivered and stop buying milk in plastic bottles or Terapak cartons, which many councils do not collect for recycling.

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