It’s Recycle Week this week, so here's some top tips for making recycling and re-using as pain free as possible.
My top recycling recommendation is Recycle Now’s Recycling Locator, which is handy for checking what and where you can recycle. It offers advice on everything from car engine oil to fridge freezers, and you can search by your postcode.
Clothing waste is a major issue in the UK
£140 million of clothing goes to landfill every year, much of which is perfectly wearable. If you don’t fancy selling your old clothes on eBay, charity shops are always grateful for items that still have life left in them. One of our team members recently went to a ‘swishing party’ – apparently it’s less kinky than it sounds. She got lots of new – to her – clothes and they raised over £600 to help people affected by the Nepal disaster.
Check out http://swishing.com/ to find a party, or get tips for hosting your own.
Apparently, UK households throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year..
…most of which could have been eaten. Meal planning goes a long way towards cutting food waste, as does reusing leftovers. Soups, stews, pasta sauces, omelettes and good old bubble and squeak are a great way to polish off leftover veg. The Love Food, Hate Waste website is a good source of inspiration when it comes to recipes for leftovers, as you can search by ingredient.
Some leftovers can’t be used, and there are still peelings and stalks to get rid of. If you’re a gardener, you might want to invest in a kitchen composter.
Kerbside food waste collection is pretty common now; some councils even provide free bags, but if yours isn’t one of them, we do sell compostable kitchen waste bin liners.
We also sell recycling bins, although they’ve proven rather more popular than we anticipated and the manufacturer is struggling to cope, so they’re not in stock at the moment. You can email us if you want to find out when they’re back in though.
None of us are perfect (I’m certainly not), but I really do think it helps to make recycling and reusing as easy as possible for the whole family.
However much you recycle, most of us still need to use the black bin at least occasionally, so we do stock degradable bin bags.
There are some disagreements in the scientific world about how quickly degradable plastic bags break down once they’re in landfill. We admit that they’re not perfect, but we still think they’re a much better option than non-degradable ones.
Writing this post has reminded me that there are a fair few positive changes I could do with making myself. First on the list is downloading a shopping list app to my phone, to help me plan my grocery shop a bit better. I’m also going to be following #RecycleWeek on Twitter for a bit of inspiration.
One of the reasons I love recycling is that it provides the materials for a lot of the products that we sell, from our aluminium foil, to cardboard chairs, so if you’re a devout recycler yourself, I thank you!
How do you recycle? Tell us in the comments below.