To prevent unnecessary waste and rubbish from ending up in landfills or the ocean, we’ve compiled a list of 7 easy and accessible recycling tips and tricks for you to implement into your daily life, so you can reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible.
Reuse plastic bags – Try to always carry a reusable bag when you go shopping, and if you’re using a single use plastic bag, then try to use it until its end of life, so you’re getting the most out of your use.
Use rechargeable batteries – It takes a long time for batteries to break down, but when they do they release toxic chemicals that are very damaging for the environment. Rechargeable batteries will save you money in the long run.
Donate your old clothes – Your old clothes could be in great shape, so instead of throwing them away, try to donate to a charity shop or someone less fortunate. Especially if the items are fast fashion, try to get as much use from them as possible, and so why not donate!
Start composting! – Instead of buying expensive fertilizer, make your own! Keeping a home-made compost will ensure you soon have a nutrient-rich soil that is ideal for planting. What can you compost, we hear you ask? Well, household items and waste such as eggshells, bread crusts, vegetable peels, tea & coffee granules and paper towels.
Keep recycling bags accessible – Nearly everything that is made of plastic or paper can be recycled, despite this, so many cosmetics, shampoo and plastic bottles, cereal boxes, and bottled water end up in the bin simply because there isn’t a recycling bin to spare. To thwart this, keep bags on each level of your home for easy access.
Be creative – You can turn your recyclables into anything you want, with some creativity. Home decor, sentimental homemade gifts, and numerous other practical uses around the house. So before you throw something away, ask yourself (or google!) if it can be upcycled.
Be as digital as possible – This one may be pretty self-explanatory, but we live in a world filled with technology, so try to take advantage of the amazing technology at your fingertips. Instead of using paper products, utilize email and online news articles, your smartphone calendar, pay your bills online, and try to be digital whenever possible.
You help close the recycling loop by buying new products made from recycled materials. There are thousands of products that contain recycled content. When you go shopping, ensure to look for products that can be easily recycled, and products that contain any recycled content.
Some of the common supermarket products that can be made with recycled content include: