8 Simple steps to sustainable living


Quick tips for living green:

  • Enjoy seasonal produce
  • Use a bag for life
  • Don't overfill the kettle
  • Check your fridge temperature is between 1-5°C

Tip 1: Be green and clean

As a way to help reduce the number of toxic chemcials that are fed back into our ecosystem, all of Waitrose’s own-label laundry products are fully biodegradeable and specially designed to work at 30C.

Meaning, you can keep your clothes fresh and clean without the need for harmful chemicals, and enabling you to reduce the amount of energy needed to wash them.

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Tip 2: Try something new

Approximately 75% of the world’s fish stocks are already fully exploited or overfished. Lessen your impact by making sure the seafood you buy is sourced responsibly and try less popular species, such as pollack, dabs, sardines and sprats.

Waitrose & Partners is committed to ensuring that all our fish and shellfish is responsibly sourced from well-managed wild fisheries or farms.

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Tip 3: Turn down

Reducing the temperature in your home by just 1ºC could cut your heating bill by up to £85 a year. Switching to LED bulbs can save another £35 annually.

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Tip 4: Eat with the seasons

Eating food that’s in season can have a number of benefits. In-season produce is at the peak of its flavour and offers the greatest nutrient value.

Also, because it hasn’t been shipped in from other parts of the world, it’s also much better for our environment, which makes it more affordable, too.

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Tip 5: Banish the bag

More than 12 million plastic bags are handed out in shops each year in the UK. Many are produced using non-renewable resources and can take hundreds of years to decompose. That’s why, we have committed to removing all 5p plastic bags from our shops and are replacing loose fruit and vegetable bags with a home compostable alternative by spring 2019.

Reuse your carrier bags or buy a Waitrose bag for life; they cost just 10p and are made from 100 percent recycled materials.

Return your old carrier bags in instore, or hand them to one of our drivers for recycling with your next home delivery.


Tip 6: Buy British

Aim to buy British produce where possible. You’ll be supporting local producers and the British economy, and cutting down on food miles (the distance food has to travel from it’s source to your plate).

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Tip 7: Stay loose

Choosing loose products or refills rather than pre-packed can be a great way to cut down on needlessly wasteful packaging. Plus, it's a great way to make a saving at the same time. Since March 2018 our customers have been able to bring their own clean and lidded reusable containers to our counters to take home cold products.

So, whether you’re looking to refill the fruit bowl or the coffee pot, reach for the package-free option to cut down on unnecessary waste.

Tip 8: Country code

Look for food with the LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) marque. It guarantees producers operate in a way that helps to protect natural landscapes and habitats.

Waitrose is the only retailer to insist that all of British fruit and vegetable growers adopt this standard.

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