For Waste Free Feb to be successful preparation is key; as cheesy as it sounds, if you are not prepared you may fill your jar, bag or bottle much quicker than you’d hoped for.

Prior to starting your challenge, take a good look at your rubbish; what are you throwing away?

Continue to live your normal life, buying and disposing of your usual products and items. Keep a log book of items you place in your general waste bin. Any items placed in this bin will either end up being incinerated or in the landfill, so these items are your main target! It’s also worth noting down which items end up in your recycling boxes/bins too as later on in your challenge, you may find a waste-free alternative to even the recyclables.

Keep a log book for a week or so, once finished have a look at what you need to change; which meals can you cook from scratch to avoid the plastic packaging or what reusables can you invest in.

Our top tips for doing a waste audit:

  • Keep a piece of paper attached to the fridge, write down what you throw, tally it up and target the main culprits
  • Don’t forget to include rubbish produced away from the home, take away brew cups count, so does the sandwich packet at lunch.
  • Have a look at our Good to Know Spots in our Waste Free Living Guide for places where you can purchase bulk, loose or refillable liquids. Let us know if you find a place which we haven’t added.
  • Join the community by seeking and giving advice on our Facebook Group Waste Free Feb 

#WasteFreeFeb 2018 was a great success with over 100 people taking part and over 2 tonnes kept out the bin, imagine what we can save if lots more people got involved!

Sign up to the campaign and let us know what you aim to do during February.

Don’t forget to share on social media when you have signed up #wastefreefeb

Join the community by seeking and giving advice on our Facebook Group Waste Free Feb