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Easy Ways to Minimise Your Personal Production of Waste

­The unnecessary production of waste is becoming a large problem; a problem larger than it has ever been before for climate change. The overuse of plastic packaging in supermarkets is an issue that is hard for individuals to stop and reduce, however, we as individuals can make our own impact to help the environment in a few relatively easy ways.

I believe that the easiest way to start reducing the amount of waste you produce is to take a look in your bedroom bin in your student room. What is going into that bin the most? Is it makeup wipes? Is it empty bottles of soap dispensers?

Makeup wipes or cotton pads: makeup wipes are something that you can easily reduce the amount you’re throwing away by simply switching to a new alternative. You can buy reusable cotton pads on Amazon, which you wash in the washing machine and re-use to take off your makeup. Although these might not seem like the most appealing option at first because they stain and cost a little more money than disposable makeup wipes and cotton pads, they are incredibly effective in the long run because it means you are reducing your waste which is better for the environment. Investing in reusable cotton pads means you won’t have to buy some more for a very long time and if you bought 14-20 of them you would only have to wash them every 1-2 weeks!

Here is a link to some that you can buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reusable-Anti-Stain-Products-Cleansing-Alternative/dp

Regarding empty bottles of soap dispensers, an extremely easy way to reduce your personal amount of waste is to merely swap to using a bar of soap. Switching to bars of soap to wash your hands is not only super inexpensive (you can literally buy them for 15p in Tesco), but they last so much longer than a dispenser of soap. They also come with a lot less packaging (a small wrapper), which is overall better for the environment when you dispose of it. Some shops even sell bars of soap in paper bags/ small cardboard boxes which is a bonus.

Trying out some of these easy changes to your lifestyle can decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfill more than you may think.

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