Start cycling to reduce carbon emissions and improve your health.
Somerby women’s traditional hybrid bike, £280 Pendleton, stockists regionwide
Buying loose, fresh vegetables will reduce the amount of single-use plastic packaging you use, but buying a wonky fruit and vegetable box will save a lot of produce from going to waste too. You’ll find fruit and vegetables suitable for consumption, but which are often shunned by supermarkets due to their appearance, saving them from contributing to the 40 percent of crop vegetables that are left to rot each year.
Wonky veg boxes are available to purchase in ASDA, branches regionwide
Something Good bring together all the products we use on a daily-basis to help make our everyday routine less wasteful. Think simple and affordable pantry essentials, like porridge oats and penne pasta as well as cleaning and bathroom essentials including shampoo and conditioner. Simply bring your own bottle or container, or purchase one in store, then fill, weigh and pay – before returning to re-fill without throwing anything away.
Something Good, Jesmond
If you don’t own one of these iconic Keep Cups, make this your first sustainable switch. Opt for the thermal (with double wall stainless steel and vacuum sealed insulation) if you like your lattes extra hot. Thermal in Latte, from £26 Keep Cup, stockists regionwide
Use this stylish rattan bin as a recycling bin in your bathroom. Only 50 per cent of recyclable bathroom waste is currently being recycled, when in actual fact (if you’re using the right products), the majority of the waste coming from our bathrooms could be.
Stash rattan pedal bin, £65 oka.com
This accessible guide, written by the campaigner at the forefront of the anti-plastic movement, will help you make the small changes that make a big difference.
How to Give Up Plastic: Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet by Will McCallum, £4.99, bookshops regionwide
Made using partly-recycled aluminium, this refillable lipstick case means you’ll never throw an empty lipstick into landfill again. Plus these refills are packed with candelilla wax and jojoba oil – hydrating and cruelty free.
Copenhagen Lipstick Refill, £10 and Reflillable Case, £8 both Lush, branches regionwide