Reducing your recycling sounds inherently wrong doesn’t it? Surely we should be recycling more? It may sound incorrect, but it’s oh so right.
You see, whilst recycling is a fantastic last resort, it shouldn’t be your first priority. Recycling still uses up large quantities of energy, and many plastic items can only be recycled twice before they become unusable and head to landfill. That’s why this Recycle Week 2021 we wanted to look at ways you can reduce the need to recycle, and the products that’ll help you get there.
With these lunch statistics being so astronomically high, this is a great place to start. We know it’s not possible for everyone, but if you can bring your own lunch to work rather than opting for the supermarket meal deal, your recycling rate – as well as your plastic consumption – will improve drastically, and help make a positive dent on this scary statistic!
Toothpaste tabs on the other hand have no single use packaging at all, making your recycling rate plummet on this particular product - in the best possible way! Each tin comes filled with a 1 month supply, and is easily refillable with compostable refill bags. The result? Absolutely zero waste, zero recycling, and, as they still contain fluoride, no compromise on oral hygiene.
If you’re looking to reduce your recycling rate however, consider gift bags – they give you the same ‘what’s in the box?’ levels of excitement, but (when looked after properly) can be reused time and time again for years to come.
If you’re looking to reduce your recycling rate in just one area, we couldn’t recommend laundry strips more for both maximum impact and minimum effort.
and don’t even get us started on cling film).
Enter: food wraps. Food wraps are fantastic as they keep food fresher for longer, and at their end of their lengthy lives, are biodegradable and compostable - no recycling, no waste and much cuter lunches!
By using plastic-free, soluble cleaning sachets instead, you can use the same bottle forever, save space in your home, and still achieve spotless cleaning.
We hope that some of these ideas gave you a little inspiration for reducing the recycling in your life. If you have any ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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