Whether it’s swapping, sharing, repairing, reusing or upcycling there are plenty of alternatives to buying new, and doing so can have a big impact on the environment. Globally 30% of  greenhouse gas emissions arising from the things we buy. 

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Buy second hand gadgets instead of new

Your tech is likely to be some of the most resource intensive items you own. Electronic equipment requires huge amounts of energy, water, chemicals and precious resources like gold, copper and aluminium to make. Buying items second hand has huge environmental benefits.

Declutter and rehome my unused items

Decluttering is a great way to free yourself of unneeded possessions. Consider what you really need and make sure to pass unwanted items on to those who could use them.

Learn to make or mend something yourself

You can find tutorials and courses on how to make and endless number of things, from your own bread, clothes, furniture to soaps and cosmetics. Once you’ve learnt something, why not share your new found talents with friends?

Upcycle a piece of furniture

Find your next item of furniture or decorative item second-hand and bring it back to life by refreshing the finish, re-purposing or re-upholstering it.

Find my next item of clothing second-hand or at a swap

Rejecting fast fashion and finding clothes that are new to you can add a really social element to shopping. Swapping a shop for a clothes swap party (swish), a kilo sale or joining a local clothes rental scheme can be great fun. Then there’s also options to rummage in the city’s 30+ charity and vintage shops.

Have a shopping free month

Not buying anything new for a month can help you save money, shine a light on what you really need and unearth some of the psychological reasons why so many of us are addicted to shopping.