Top New Year’s resolutions that can save you money

Let’s be honest, we all love making New Year’s resolutions, although we’re not always so good at sticking to them. Here are some that you can hopefully make a long-term part of your life, and how they can save you money month after month.

1. Shop smarter

If you always buy everything from one shop or supermarket, take the time to try some of the others near you – you’ll be amazed at the differences in price for identical items, especially in discount stores and £1 shops.

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How to have an eco-friendly bonfire night

At a time when we’re all trying to do more to protect the environment, a national celebration of burning things and sending explosions skywards is probably not the most eco-friendly date on the calendar – in fact, November 5th is one of the worst nights of the year for air pollution.

However, there are steps you can take to reduce your personal impact on the amount of harmful smoke released into the atmosphere, without having to abandon the festivities completely – here are a few ideas.

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How to make recycling part of your everyday life

Reducing waste is one of the most direct ways we can all help protect the environment, but some waste is inevitable – so the next thing to do is recycle as much household waste as possible.

To do this, it’s smart to make recycling part of your everyday life, so that nothing goes to landfill that doesn’t need to.

Here are ten quick and easy ways to tweak your lifestyle so you recycle as much domestic waste as possible, without spending too much extra time and effort on doing so.

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Aluminium can recycling could hit 85% by 2020

An aluminium can recycling rate of 85% could be achieved by 2020 using the existing system, according to a report from aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro.

The deadline – which has been used as a landmark date in many environmental initiatives for the past decade or more – is now just two years away, but the organisation believes an 85% recycling rate is a realistic level for the end of this decade, rising further to hit 90% by 2030.

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Everything you need to know about plastic bottle recycling

Some of the UK’s biggest producers of plastic packaging waste have signed up to a new Wrap-led initiative to eliminate single-use plastics as early as 2025.

The move comes in response to concerns about discarded drinks bottles and other plastic waste entering the environment not only in the UK, but all over the world, from deserted islands to floating collections of plastic waste where ocean currents meet.

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