This may seem pretty obvious and silly but the amount of people who don’t recycle is quite shocking, here in the UK we are all provided with 2 bins. A normal waste bin and recycling bin. Here are a list of recyclables if you are unsure on what you can or can’t recycle.
Aerosols (please ensure cans are empty)
Aluminium foil (please ensure clean and free from food)
Cans and tins (please wash and squash. Both steel and aluminium sweet tins, food,and drink cans are accepted)
Card (please tear up large boxes and flatten to fit in your recycling box)
Cartons (all paper-based food and drink cartons such as for milk and fruit juice)
Glass (clear, brown and green bottles and jars, rinsed)
Lids (All plastic and metal lids can be placed in loose with your recycling. These include lids from aerosols, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots)
Paper (please keep these items dry – newspaper, magazines, white or coloured paper, junk mail, envelopes, catalogues and directories)
Plastic bottles (Mineral water, shampoo, detergent, bleach and plastic milk bottles;rinsed and flattened)
Plastic food containers (tubs, pots and trays e.g. butter tubs, yoghurt pots, fruit and vegetable punnets, meat trays and ready meal food trays and ice cream tubs. Please wash and squash)
If you think about it, that’s a lot of recycling and most of your waste may be more recyclable than you think!
Reusing as much as you can is a great way of being sustainable.
Whether that means chopping up an old towel to use as dish cloths to get your money’s worth or buying cloth nappies for the babe, there are many ways to reuse.
You could even use Sanitary Cloth Pads instead of the bog standard stinky plastic ones that make your foof sweaty.
Some people I know are brave enough to even use family cloth. This is when you use cloth toilet wipes instead of toilet paper. Personally, I’m quite happy with my Tesco Value bog roll but it can certainly save some pennies.
3- Buy Used
Buying second hand has become increasingly popular. Not only are there charity/thrift shops but there are now thousands of Facebook groups dedicated to selling your used bits and bobs. There are hundreds of car boot sales throughout the UK each year and more people are now attending these and buying second hand. Not to mention eBay, GumTree and all of the other websites dedicated to used items.
You can pick up some amazing things for less than half the price and the only difference is is that it’s been used. Not only does this save our pennies but it’s also brilliant for the environment and it’s recycling at it’s best.
4- Ditch the car
Okay, not literally, unless you’re really into becoming sustainable! Try and hitch a lift to work, or if that fails then offer lifts to other people. You may not be saving your pennies (unless you ask everyone to chip in a couple of quid) but you will be saving the environment with this little change.
Instead of driving into the city, catch the bus! Or better yet, cycle! I feel like such a hypocrite writing that; the day you catch me on a bicycle will be a miracle.
5- Open an allotment.
Okay so I actually LOVE this idea. I think it’s so cute and something you see on the movies. Where you and your bezzies all have a cute little allotment together and eat lovely fresh foods together. If you get a few friends together you can open one together and split the cost. You’ll end up paying on average around £10- £15 a month, for lovely fresh veggies!
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