Winter ready: be green

Find out how to be environmentally friendly during the winter months, including reducing waste, energy and pollution over Halloween and Christmas.

Reduce and recycle waste

pumpkin recipesPumpkins

18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin ends up in the bin each year.

Why not try Hubbub's tasty pumpkin recipes - see their handy tricks to turn your leftover pumpkin into a treat.

Read Councillor Paul West's article on winter tips: Pumpkin waste is the biggest scare of all this Halloween!

christmas present packagingPresent packaging

Make sure it's a wrap for present packaging waste! 227,000 miles of wrapping paper is thrown away each year.

Most wrapping paper is suitable for recycling unless it is a shiny metallic or glitter variety. You can check this by scrunching the paper; if it stays in a ball shape, it should be recyclable.

woman holding reusable coffee cupCoffee cups

2.5 billion coffee cups are used and thrown away each year in the UK. Make a difference and use a reusable cup for your winter warmer.

 

Food storage in a power cut

In the event of a power cut, keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over them to help them stay cold for hours.

This will reduce the amount of food you might need to throw away, saving the environment and saving you money.

UK Power Networks has advice on what to do with your fridge freezer during a power cut.

Preserve energy and reduce pollution

collecting rainwaterCollect rainwater for use in your garden over the summer

The Royal Horticultural Society has advice on collecting, storing and reusing water for your garden.

 

switching light bulbsSwitch to LED or CFL lighting options

A cheap and easy way to reduce your energy bill and your environmental footprint is to replace all your light bulbs with:

  • light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs
  • compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs

These use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.

Get your weekly food shop delivered to you

Having your groceries delivered to you can mean fewer single trips to the supermarket, which results in fewer cars on the road and less pollution.

Find out more from Friends of the Earth, which has eight tips on being environmentally friendly.

turning down thermostatTurn down your hot water and heating thermostat by one degree

Turning down the thermostat on your hot water or your heating by one degree can save up to £60 a year on household bills.

It will also use less energy, which will save on your household's carbon footprint.

lift sharingTake part in a Liftshare community

You can save on travel costs and reduce pollution by sharing your car.

To get involved, find out more about Suffolk Car Share.