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Rebecca’s journey to shop smarter and create less waste

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Rebecca is a busy Event Manager, a wife, and a mum. Her goal is to “reduce waste as much as possible, live in a sustainable way and to pass this onto my daughter. I want there to be a world that she can live in, a world that she can have children in as well.”

Rebecca is trying to achieve this simply by “changing products so that less things are thrown out.” This is both a short and a long term goal for her, as she realises “the better I get at this the less waste I create.”

“There have been moments over the years when I’ve realised specific products are a problem so I’ve tried to find an alternative,” Rebecca says “like buying solid shampoo bars rather than shampoo in bottles.”

Slowly but surely, she’s changed practices that enable her to achieve this goal. “We make food from scratch – we don’t buy pre-made sauces. We also made all our own baby food.”

“Usually I take my own lunch to work but when I do buy it, I try to take my own container.”

When it comes to choosing ethical suppliers, Rebecca says “we buy second hand where possible,” but when buying new “we consider where our stuff comes from by buying good quality ethical items from companies that are conscious of their impact.” She suggests to “buy local where possible. Consider the packaging that items come in. Does it come package free or in glass which is easier to recycle? Avoid buying things in plastic that can’t really be recycled.”

There are always things to do at home as well. “We compost food scraps, grow our own food where possible and swap our excess with others. Usually I take my own lunch to work but when I do buy it, I try to take my own container.”

She has the support of her husband, but a lot of what she does is from her own initiative. “I’ve always been inclined this way but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised you don’t need to have so much stuff. We save money on the grocery bill, and I’m trying to find a way to do my own cleaning products that still leaves me feeling like things are clean. This has been a bit of a challenge for me.”

Rebecca says a lot of her ideas “just seemed like common sense, but I’ve found some good products that fit the right criteria by following people on social media. I always read the articles on how to reduce your waste to see if I can pick up any more ideas.”

Rebecca’s tips to help you on your journey:

Tip 1: Buy good quality ethical items from companies that are conscious of their impact.

Tip 2: Buy solid shampoo bars rather than shampoo in bottles.

Tip 3: Avoid buying things in plastic that can’t really be recycled.

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