12 easy ways to be kinder to the planet this #WorldKindnessDay

13th November 2017

12 easy ways to be kinder to the planet this #WorldKindnessDay

World Kindness Day was started in 1998 to highlight and encourage good deeds throughout the community. It is now recognised in many countries across the globe and observed on 13th November each year.

Being kinder to the planet is just one way that we can show kindness, taking care of the planet for each other and future generations. Many small changes together can have a huge impact.

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead. 

The Waste Group have chosen their top 12 ways to be kinder to the planet with our waste on this #WorldKindnessDay:


  • Know your recycling symbols: Check which bits of your waste can and can’t be recycled using this handy guide from Recycle Now

  • Reject plastic bags: Keeping some reusable bags in the car or by the back door at home can help you avoid single use plastic bags at the shops

  • Plan your food shopping: Planning weekly meals can help avoid food waste. For inspiration on using leftover ingredients, see Love Food Hate Waste

  • Unsubscribe from unwanted mail: Unsubscribing from catalogues you are no longer interested in or stop unsolicited mail using MPS Online to reduce paper waste

  • Stop buying bottled water: 38.5m plastic bottles are used in the UK every day, the majority for water and just over half get recycled

  • Use a travel coffee cup: Up to 7 million coffee cups are thrown away each day with less than 1 in 400 cups recycled, as they need specialist recycling

  • Choose products with less packaging: Vote with your money by choosing products with less packaging. Local markets also tend to have less food packaging

  • Sell or donate unwanted items: £140 million of clothes that are still wearable go to landfill each year in the UK. Find your local charity shops here

  • Reuse paper/envelopes for notes: Save the need for special to-do lists or notepads by reusing envelopes and other waste paper for shopping lists and other notes

  • Opt for online bills & statements: Many companies offer the option of accessing your bills and statements on line, reducing unnecessary paperwork

  • Today’s leftovers = tomorrow’s lunch: Rather than making a separate meal for lunch, leftovers can be a quick and easy solution, reducing your food waste

  • Rely on reusable containers: Using reusable containers reduces the need for single use materials, such as cling film or aluminium foil, reducing waste

Small changes can make a big impact and The Waste Group are proud to share this ethos and spread the wave of kindness this #WorldKindnessDay.

Read more about how The Waste Group are using their passion for the environment to be kinder to the planet in our Go Green Ethos.