Reducing waste is something we all can agree on. However actually doing it is hard. Our homes waste energy, but insulation is expensive and disruptive.
When we shop, the products come with packaging that we have little option but to throw away. Reducing water use is harder than just imposing a hose pipe ban. Many things we buy are relatively much cheaper than they used to be, due to efficient mass production and so we can't be bothered to re-use or recycle them.
The disposal of waste in the UK by local councils has come a long way from the landfill days. However there is clearly still a long way to go to stop wasting energy and resources.
How do I stop wasting energy in my home?
Come to a meeting or use the forum to get help with home energy projects. The energy savings trust also has a wealth of information. There are many little wins to be had around the house. Filling your kettle with just the water needed is a good starter.
How do I stop creating so much waste packaging?
Making sure you sift your rubbish and put the right stuff in the right bin can at least help the recycling centre in their processing. There are shops that now specialise in near zero packaging for the foods you buy. Packaging is sometimes not in our personal control. Hopefully our forum will attract little local nudges to where to go for products with reduced packaging. Check out the London Recycles website for more information on what can be recycled.
How do I stop wasting water?
Climate change is here and is affecting rainfall patterns. Conserving water is important because droughts are now just as likely as floods. Local solutions to water conservation will hopefully gather as Dulwich Net Zero develops. In the meantime try this water saving page from the Eden Project.
How does reducing waste reduce our carbon footprint?
Strictly speaking it is the use of fossil fuels (and agricultural practices) that needs to be reduced if we are solely interested in carbon emissions. The careful use of resources is what is needed. As industrial processes use more renewable energy (including the supply chain) then the carbon footprint of the products created will reduce. If those products can also be recycled using renewable energy then the way we use products can change. For example the 'scrapping' of a petrol or diesel car may be a lot less wasteful if the parts are recycled and the process uses renewable energy. This increases the suitability of a replacement electric car if the new car is produced using renewables. European car makers are moving in this direction. This process of a circular economy is a way of keeping businesses going while reducing emissions and an efficient use of resources. Our culture of making and selling goods can continue (if we want it to) without harming the planet.