8 ways to move to a circular economy

Tips to help you reduce waste and save money at home.

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1. Find new ways to reuse waste and choose products made from waste materials

For example, B&Q’s budget underlay is made from waste textiles. Clothing donated to charity that is too worn for resale is ragged and felted, mixed with a little rubber, and becomes our budget felt underlay. It is great at insulating and helps your carpet to wear better.

'Upcycling' is where a waste is transformed in to something of greater value – for example, transforming an old pallet into a coffee table.

2. Opt for products with longer warranties

Using products for longer means that the materials used to make them are kept in use for longer.

3. Repair and update broken or outdated products

For example, update your kitchen rather than replacing it. Changing the doors and moving shelves can make a big difference. And if you are replacing your kitchen, try and rehome the old units – streetbank is a website where you can give items away to neighbours.

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4. Adapt and multipurpose products

Make a removable MDF extension to your dining table for family gatherings. Put a table cloth on a wallpaper pasting table and you’ve got party furniture.

5. Rent products instead of purchasing

Rather than purchasing a new tool, consider rental instead. You will free up storage space – and rental tools are often designed for heavy usage.

At B&Q, you can rent a carpet cleaner instead of purchasing.

6. Maintain products so that they last longer

Putting a cover over outdoor furniture helps to keep it all looking good for longer. Treat wooden furniture annually with garden furniture oil or stain to protect against damage from sun, wind and rain.

7. Choose reusable products instead of disposable

Opt for rechargeable batteries, cloths instead of wipes, heavy duty reusable bags – items designed to be reused.

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8. Compost to create soil conditioner

Set up a compost bin to convert tea bags, vegetable peelings and garden clippings into soil conditioner. Even included corrugated cardboard and egg shells can be composted.