10 Ways To Be More Eco-Friendly in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 27/09/2019

Small changes to make a big difference.


Many of us worry about the environment and the impact our actions have on its condition. It's a big challenge but there are some easy things we can do and simple changes we can make that together can make a huge difference!

So here are 10 ways that you can be more eco-friendly in Ipswich:

1. Opt for second hand clothing

1. Opt for second hand clothing

Charity shops are a great way to find some fantastic items of clothing, your money will go further and to a good cause too!

It’s a great weekend hangout activity to do with your friends and charities like Oxfam are highlighting the ecological expenses of the clothing industry in the UK and challenging shoppers to buying less new clothes, you can find out more about their campaign here: www.oxfamapps.org.uk

TOP PICKS

  • Zest, Queen St - a new charity shop concept by St Elizabeth Hospice; selling curated collections of vintage and popular-branded clothes.
  • St Elizabeth Hospice, Dog's Head St - a great charity shop for women's, men's and kid's clothing; with all sales going to a great local cause.
  • Cancer Research UK, Westgate St and Upper Brook St
  • British Heart Foundation, Buttermarket St

2. Donate old or unwanted clothes to charity shops

2. Donate old or unwanted clothes to charity shops

Close the cycle on the fashion industry and take any old or unwanted clothing you may have to charity shops or clothes banks rather than just binning them.

Even if your clothes have seen better days and don’t look like they have any resell value, most charity shops will take them as they get paid by bigger companies for their ‘rag bags’, so whatever you bring will still have worth to the charity.

Similarly you can drop bags of unwanted clothes into H&M as part of their recycling scheme, plus you receive a £5 voucher!

3. Shop local

3. Shop local

The importation and transport of goods bought online can produce a large carbon footprint.

Not only do items often come in unnecessary amounts of non-recyclable packaging but the air-miles and fuel used to deliver the items to your door really adds up! Instead, going into town to buy items not only reduces this carbon footprint but you help support your high street which adds so much into the community.

TOP PICKS

  • Global Fruits, Buttermarket St - a traditional greengrocer selling fresh fruit and vegetables without plastic packaging.
  • Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead - restaurant and food hall by the Orwell Bridge, selling fresh free-range and organic Suffolk produce.
  • Orwell Butchers, Carr St
  • Jimmy's Farm, Pannington Hall Ln
  • Ipswich Market, Princes St and Queen St (every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

4. Use refill schemes instead of buying new packaging every month

4. Use refill schemes instead of buying new packaging every month

The Fair Trade Shop and Hanks Deli & Shop partake in schemes where you can get washing up liquid and laundry detergent refills at their shops, so you don’t have to buy another plastic bottle.

Simply bring in an empty container (it doesn’t have to match with the product you’re buying) and fill it up!

The two brands stocked are Ecover and Bio; if you want to try the products before buying a large amount just bring in a smaller container or you can purchase the Bio Detergent from Oxfam. These brands are eco-friendly with non-toxic and cruelty-free ingredients!

5. Go plastic free with Lush

5. Go plastic free with Lush

Whilst going completely plastic free is an almost impossible task, reducing your plastic waste and usage can do wonders for our oceans and for the planet as a whole.

Investing in plastic free shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and moisturisers like the ones sold in Lush Cosmetics is a brilliant way to kickstart reducing your plastic usage. The Fair Trade Shop sell plastic-free shampoo bars too! They may be a little more expensive but they last much longer than an average bottled product.

If you think these might not be your thing and you’d rather the buy in a bottle; Lush also runs recycling schemes to help reduce their plastic waste. If you return the packaging to them they will recycle it into a new product packaging and if you bring in 5 clean black tubs from their range you get a FREE fresh face mask!

6. Use public transport

6. Use public transport

Reduce your carbon footprint and help to reduce CO2 emmissions by taking the bus or train to Ipswich instead of driving into town.

The bus costs less than paying for parking and you save on petrol so it’s a win win! Explore the different services run by Ipswich Buses' or if you live further out of Ipswich there’s also the Park and Ride service from the Copdock Interchange and Martlesham Heath which take less than 15 minutes to deliver you directly to the town centre.

You can just sit back and enjoy the fact that this small act is helping to reduce pollution in Ipswich.

7. Buy a water bottle and a travel mug

7. Buy a water bottle and a travel mug

A metal or glass water bottle and a travel mug are perfect substitutes for single use plastic bottles and takeaway coffee cups.

If the cost of these is something that sets you back from making this decision TK Maxx offers some great reusable alternatives for a fraction of the usual prices and they’re just as fashionable as the other cups and bottles on the market. Having these to hand when you fancy a coffee on the go or get thirsty saves hundreds of single use items going into landfill each month.

TOP PICKS

  • Paperchase, Tavern St - cool, colourful and funky designs of metal and recycled plastic water bottles.
  • Waterstones, Buttermarket St - reusable coffee cups with artsy and literary designs from museums and galleries.

8. Look out for 'Refill Suffolk' stickers on windows

8. Look out for 'Refill Suffolk' stickers on windows

Refill your water bottle in shops, cafes and restaurants in town!

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest eco-concerns that appears in the media. Using a refillable water bottle is the simplest solution to reducing your plastic waste and there are many shops in Ipswich that have taken the Refill Suffolk pledge.

Water bottle refill stations are available wherever the blue Refill sticker appears. There’s also an app you can download through the Refill Suffolk website that pinpoints all of the locations for you.

9. Use a local butcher

9. Use a local butcher

Buying meat from a local butcher is a simple way to ensure you’re products are of a better animal welfare and with a minimal carbon footprint.

Not only does this reduce your environmental impact but you’ll also be supporting local farmers around Ipswich and in Suffolk, as well as bringing business back to the high street. Plus local meat is much more likely to be free-range and organic.

TOP PICKS

  • Orwell Butchers, Carr St - traditional butcher selling the finest cuts of locally-source meats.
  • Proctors, The Walk - sausage specialist and Suffolk-produce deli, bringing the best local meats and foods to the town centre.
  • Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead
  • Jimmy's Farm, Pannington Hall Ln

10. Visit the Farmers Market

10. Visit the Farmers Market

Support local farmers and producers from Suffolk!

Farmer's Market are a great chance to buy delicious, handmade, artisan food and drink, whilst also helping you to buy products that are more environmentally friendly. Buying direct for the farmer's and makers cuts out all of the mass-production, plastic packaging and CO2 emitted from factories and transportation.

Visit the Ipswich Farmer's Market on the first Sunday of every month, 10am to 2pm.


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