Let’s reduce waste and reuse what we’ve already got. When we start doing a few extra things, we’re not only changing things for the better, but we’re also saving ourselves money. Talk about winning. 


Washing up

Watch out when washing up

Why it’s fucked

Washing up by hand with hot water and rigorous rinsing leaves a bigger carbon footprint than a dishwasher (on an eco or energy efficient setting of course). That’s because little over eager hands are using more energy, more water and more soap.

Change one thing

If you have a dishwasher, always put it on when it’s full and on an energy efficient setting. And remember, you don’t need to rinse the dishes first. If you’re handwashing, don’t use the hottest water, only fill the sink to a quarter full and fill a little water in the other sink/a big pot for rinsing.


Use it up

Use what's in your fridge

Why it’s fucked

In Australia, we throw out 1 in 5 bags of shopping every week. Not only is it a waste of money, but of all the energy and resources it took to bring us the food in the first place.

Change one thing

Use up everything. Freeze old fruit to use in cakes and smoothies. Use up old veggies in a stirfry. Plan your meals ahead to stop excess waste and remember, it’s better to buy too little than too much.


Plastic wrapping

Kill the plastic wrapping

Why it’s fucked

The notorious line up of plastic wrap/cling film/tin foil/aluminium foil/sandwich bags is made from energy intensive resources and people often use them for single, wasteful uses. Take the plastic covering your leftovers. After it’s binned, it toddles off to landfill or incineration – nice. 

Change one thing

Stop using plastic wrap. Invest in Tupperware, use old takeaway containers, wash and reuse sandwich bags and get more uses from your tin foil. Did we say stop using plastic wrap?