Bookham Top Planet Saving Tips!

There seems to be a big appetite in Bookham in trying to do more to reduce waste, recycle more and to do what we can to help this amazing planet we live in. Dan Coffin has captured on the “I Live in Bookham” Facebook group residents tips which are repeated here. 

If you would like to add your tips please complete the form below to submit your best tips – not “big picture” stuff, focus on day-to-day ideas that you turn to, tips and tricks, simple solutions that will make people think “oh yeah, why didn’t I think of that – simple!”

All tips and links are provided in good faith and do not imply any recommendations by the BRA.



Date addedNameSuggestion or TipLink
30/11/2018
Dan C# Use foil for wrapping / sealing food rather than cling film

# Buy fruit & veg loose rather than in pre-packaged plastic bags

# Any stretchy plastic can be sent back to the supermarket via delivery driver (or in person) (e.g. bread bags, freezer bags, plastic bags, magazine wraps, etc)
30/11/2018
Alison# Eat as many whole foods as possible (non-processed)

# Sign up to Ecotricity as your energy supplier. It's Britain's greenest energy supplier. Excellent customer service; plus clear information on where the customers' money goes, and how the energy is sourced and supplied.
30/11/2018
Beth T# I use a bar of soap (packaged in cardboard not plastic) instead of a plastic bottle. With old plastic hand soap dispensers I have refilled them at Greenwise only £1 to refill.

# I buy ketchup and mayo in glass bottles and decant into old squeezy bottle - slightly more expensive and time consuming but guilt free!!

# Proper butter wrapped in paper rather than in a plastic tub
https://www.facebook.com/greenwiseshop/
30/11/2018
Anonymous# Get your food shop delivered

# If you do packed lunches for yourself or kids, try to use Tupperware instead of cling film or foil.
30/11/2018
Richard DSustainably Sourced toilet paper
Who Gives A Crap - bamboo toilet roll, plastic-free packaging. Bamboo is a grass, and grows in weeks rather than years, and the Premium rolls are fantastic.
50% of all their profits given to water sanitation projects in developing world. Discount code for £5 off first order:
https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/

https://www.talkable.com/x/eARjJG

30/11/2018
Leanne D# Switch to the milkman if feasible for your budget. Glass bottles instead of plastic. Bookham's local milk people are Milk & More and they deliver lots of food not just milk. I never run out of milk, eggs or butter now.

# Use the brown paper bags in the local greengrocers if offered, not the plastic bags.

# Use the brown paper bags you get from the greengrocers as sandwich bags for packed lunches, no more cling film.

# The charity plastic bags that get posted through your door, don't throw them away, make use of them as waste bags or bin liners.

# Buy a reusable cup and keep it with you to fill up when you go to the coffee shop. There are some collapsible ones on the market too so they are easy to carry around. Check out the Stojo one [ADMIN: Available on the High Street at Indigo Stripes] or on Amazon.

# Bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic.

# Paper or stainless steel straws instead of plastic.

# Save and re-use any good quality packaging, envelopes, bubble wrap for use when you need to post something yourself at another time.

# When I get my 'Next Online' clothes order delivered I save the small clothes bags, wash the insides with hot soapy water and use them as food or sandwich bags.

# Don't send thank you cards after a child's party. Take some pictures of the party and send them to the parents via e-mail or whats-app and thank them. I recently did this after my son's birthday and the parents loved the eco-friendly alternative.
www.milkandmore.co.uk/
30/11/2018
Nicky FReusable make up wipes and stainless steel straws available from Greenwise and recycled reusable coffee cups from Indigo Stripes
30/11/2018
MariePick up some reusable, washable sandwich wraps from FetchamfromtheCupboard - Eliminates the need for sandwich bags. They also do plate covers too so you can save on cling film.
30/11/2018
Heidi NStojo collapsible coffee cups (silicone), for sale in Squires and Oliver Bonas, [Indigo Stripes] as well as Amazon
30/11/2018
Anonymous# Roll’eat Boc’n’Roll reusable sandwich wrapper, wraps sandwiches tightly and can be used as a placemat too. Then wipe clean and use again and again.

# Origins will take plastic packaging from any cosmetics brand for recycling - nearest collection point currently in House of Fraser in Guildford

# Reduce your meat consumption 🙂
30/11/2018
Sylvia S# Don't use a timer for turning on off your central heating - it is not flexible. Just turn the thermostat up/down. Even if you pop out for a couple of hours turn the heat down. Obviously works better if your house is well insulted.

# We hardly ever have hot water wasting energy in a tank. We basically don't heat water through our hot water system! We use an electric shower and dishwashers/washing machines only heat the water they use. For washing up saucepans etc we just boil a kettle, again only using the water needed rather than heating a whole tank.

# Buy seasonal fruit and veg

# Without a doubt its line drying whenever possible. But NEVER EVER dry clothes on radiators if you can help it. A false economy. This cools down the room, heating is then ramped up so you end up using as much energy as a tumble dryer.
30/11/2018
Duncan MIf you walk past any litter, pick it up. Don't think it's someone elses responsibility. You seeing it, now makes it your responsibility. And if you see someone dropping litter have a quick word.
30/11/2018
Jen C# If you have a Tassimo coffee machine, don't throw the pods away, save them and give to me. I take them to a lady in Ashtead who collects for a small French Bull dog rescue.

# Not drive around in 4 by 4s in Bookham, you don't need a 4 wheel drive in a village... it just burns a ton of fuel...

# Buy loose tea
30/11/2018
Anonymous# Buy only recyclable wrapping paper; avoid paper with foil or plastic finishes. And reuse it!

# Think about everything you throw out; can you use it for something else before sending it to landfill or recycling?

# Make your own compost. Weeds, uncooked vegetable scraps, used tea and coffee grounds. Keeps you fit and saves on buying compost.
30/11/2018
Richard DGet yourself a bike. Bookham is small and relatively flat. Trips to the highstreet are less stressful and quicker on a bike. Cheaper too.
30/11/2018
Rachel WGetting local businesses to sign up to TerraCycle - taking hard to recycle plastics and passing them on to companies who can deal with them.https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/
30/11/2018
JoyGo Vegan
30/11/2018
Dan CMay be obvious, but turn the tap off when brushing your / your children's teeth
30/11/2018
Anonymous# Buy eco washing powder and cleaning products (or make own with bicarbonate of soda/lemon juice/vinegar)

# Try and buy secondhand rather than from new as much as possible

# Reduce number of times you drive to the station. Try and walk instead, as much as possible Reduce amount of on-line shopping/deliveries. Try and use the high street shops where possible
30/11/2018
LizzeBuy a bar of shampoo or conditioner from Lush or amazon. It comes in a tin rather than in a plastic bottle. It also lasts soooooooo much longer and makes your hair super shiny!
30/11/2018
LizzeWrap your Christmas and birthday presents in brown paper as a lot of wrapping paper is non recyclable
30/11/2018
Mary MAlways save old cotton 'T' shirts for dusting. Dampen a little and stop using aerosol polishes. Better for your lungs and the environment.
30/11/2018
Richard DBuy less at Christmas; spend money on activities rather than plastic toys, use less wrapping paper, start a 'gifting' advent calendar, buy local produce. If buying from Amazon, order it all in one go.
30/11/2018
Win MLots of useful information and tips on www.ethicalconsumer.org, which rates a wide variety of products on eco-friendly and other ethical criteriawww.ethicalconsumer.org
30/11/2018
Beth TWashing powder in a box instead of a plastic bottle. Cheaper and just as effective. I buy a huge one from Costco which lasts about six months (and I do a lot of laundry)!!
30/11/2018
Jacqui T# Educate our children on how to reuse, recycle and reduce consumption. Children should learn early on to establish these habits so that they become a way of life. A few years ago, I wrote a book called "The Queen of Green" which helps kids to be part of the solution not part of the problem. You can get the kindle version here

# Try to cook from scratch as much as possible - You know exactly what you are eating, and avoids consuming products that are harmful to you (additives) and the environment, like palm oil. If you have to use a disposable coffee cup, recycle it, with plastic lined cartons, at recycling point in Lower Shott
https://www.amazon.com/Queen-Green-Collection-Contemporary-Cautionary-ebook/dp/B00CD383SI
30/11/2018
RebeccaUse Tupperware instead of clingfilm
30/11/2018
Mary MWe always use paper that has been printed on one side for printing off things that are just for our records eg insurance documents or for the children to draw on. Offices throw reams of paper like this out. We only use new paper if the document needs to be seen by someone not in the house.
30/11/2018
Gillie S-JMake your own ecobrick! Get a plastic bottle that you have found or purchased and ram it full of all the plastic that is unrecyclable. They can be used for community projects or taken to collection points and sent to places that can use them. Plastic must be clean and dry. Check out the eco Rick website or Facebook page for more details.