Reduce, reuse, recycle, the three holy Rs of going green.

These are the words we hear everywhere when it comes to being green.  Whether it’s how we shop, the energy we use or the the things in our home, these are the words we’re meant to stick by.

Thankfully for us there are lots of different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, so we don’t get bored with constantly going through the same routine every time we want to save energy or cut waste.

One of the best ways to uphold the three Rs is to have a car boot sale, or to shop at one, or a charity shop, frequently.

This is a great way to make sure the stuff we buy is being used and loved again, by someone else, and also allows us to get some money back.

And while many people may hesitate to go into charity shops, these are often the best places to find items that can be well loved in our own homes.

Charity shops often sell things that are quirky and unique, and for the most part they are all in perfect condition.  Consider them “pre-loved” rather than “pre-used”!

Another great way to uphold the three Rs is to borrow things.  For example, lets say you’re considering buying a strimmer or a wheelbarrow, why not see if you can borrow one first?

Of course this is best practised when the item you want to use is not likely to be part of your daily or even weekly or monthly routine.

So if you’re planning on becoming a gardener, borrowing a lawn mower may not be the best idea!

But borrowing one when you need it can save time, energy and a lot of money especially if the item is a big-ticket item!

Don’t be afraid to ask your neighbours, borrowing can be a great way to get to know people, and who knows, you might even make start a neighbourhood trend!