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Sustainable Dorset

Rather than reinvent the wheel and make a new list of ways to go greener l have included links to Sustainable Dorset's website that already has comprehensive information and ideas on sustainability

How to reduce plastic waste

Here are some ways to save plastic, from Sustainable Dorset website.

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year! Packaging accounts for just over 40% of total plastic usage. Over 100 billion plastic beverage bottles are sold in the U.S alone each year. Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each with a “working life” of a mere 15 minutes.

Here are some simple ideas for you to adopt to reduce your plastic usage and waste:

  • Take your own bag to the shops

  • Drink tap water and carry it in your own stainless steel bottle

  • Don’t buy body scrubs – those tiny beads are usually made of plastic

  • Choose fruit and vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic

  • Don’t use ‘single use’ plates, knives, forks etc. wash up after you eat.

  • Wherever you can, choose liquid products that can be re-filled rather than bought new etc.

  • Refuse plastic straws in your drinks, try stainless steel or paper.

  • If you can’t find an alternative to single-use plastic, make sure you recycle it

  • Don’t celebrate with balloon releases, the chances are the balloons will land in the ocean, choking seabirds, turtles and marine mammals.

  • Use crystal deodorants – they last far longer, are more effective and some even come with no plastic packaging at all.

  • Use good old-fashioned soap – it works as well as liquid soap and lasts longer

  • Buy butter wrapped in paper instead of in a plastic tub

  • And here are some more Plastic Free Home tips from Friends of the Earth

Living without plastic Plastic-free home | Friends of the Earth


Don’t Throw That Away! An A-Z of leftovers, tired veg, etc and what to do with them:


Non-toxic home cleaning:


Did you know that Toilet paper is getting less sustainable?

Toilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable, according to research.

Analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found that major brands were using less recycled paper than in 2011, while only five of the nine major supermarkets (the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) offered an own-brand recycled toilet paper. The large-scale use of virgin paper contributes to unnecessary deforestation.

Think of alternatives to super market bought toilet paper!


  • Save money and energy in the Garden by:

  • Making a home made compost bin. The compost is good for pots, flower or vegetable beds, and saves collection and processing of waste.

  • Collecting rainwater with a simple diverter on the downpipe. This gives you pure water for the plants but also saves money on the water bills.

  • Growing your own vegetables. Why not try a few in a tub or make a special bed for them if you have the space? It is so rewarding to pick what you have grown yourself. It is good to know how things grow and is good for you!

  • Taking your own cuttings and saving seeds is very easy and provides new plants for free!

  • Swapping plants, cuttings and seeds with friends and neighbours. It's fun and builds friendship – and it is free!

  • Make your own fertiliser from nettles soaked in water for a couple of weeks. Smelly but it works!

  • Grow your own herbs in a tub outside the back door.

  • Composting


Ever thought about foraging? Now is a good time to explore our country side…


Conserve Water

An estimated 50% of all household water usage is wasted. It goes down the drain while we wait for it to warm up, so why not collect it and use it in the garden or for watering houseplants? In an era when our fresh water supply is diminishing due to pollution and drought, it's important to conserve all the water we can, as well as learn about and put to use greywater recycling practices. Here are 120 ways to conserve energy!