Most importantly you can reduce your consumption of materials by not buying it in the first place. In an economy predicated on growth, we are encouraged by government, retailers, businesses to spend, spend, spend. But the majority of what we buy (even essentials like food or clothes) is not really needed and thrown away within a few weeks or months. Let’s face it, most of us have too much stuff.
So the first question you need to ask is “Do I really need this?” You’d be surprised at how much happier (and better off) you could be with less stuff.
Helpful tips to reduce food waste can be found on the Love Food Hate Waste website
If you do really need it, then try and buy a product that will last a long time and can be reused. If it’s broken try and get it fixed (free at a Transition Repair Café). If it’s in good condition but you just no longer need it, give it away to someone who may need it via a charity shop or freecycle or sell it at a carboot sale or online.
A Derbyshire guide to Reduce Reuse Recycle can be found here.
A useful A-Z Guide on Waste and what can be recycled in Derbyshire can be found here.