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1. PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Many UK households buy too much stuff and don’t really use it all. Here’s how you can be more thoughtful with your purchases
Whether it’s a blender bought at the start of a health kick that never happened or a summer coat that always gets thrown to the side whenever the sun shines, UK households tend to purchase more than they need – and waste more than they should.
No one is expecting people to live without a mobile phone, laptop, washing machine or TV, but if we do choose to own electronic devices and white goods, it’s important we don’t over-consume these products. Much of the environmental harm comes from manufacturing and recycling or disposal processes, with each using lots of energy, from mining to landfill. We should only buy items when it’s really necessary.
Where possible, it’s always a good idea to choose products that are built to last. When you do wave goodbye to an unwanted or no-longer-needed item, dispose of it responsibly. As you’ll see in the following pages, it really doesn’t take much effort to take better care of the planet.