Mrs Green’s six stories on Sunday

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Branded recycle zones by Coca Cola

Branded recycle zones by Coca Cola

It’s time for our round-up of this week’ s great reduce, reuse, recycling and compost stories from around the globe.

If we all work together, we can hopefully create a zero waste future.

Reuse banana peels

Last week we shared ideas for reusing tea leaves and coffee grounds, but banana peels; apart from sticking in the compost or planting around the roses, there’s little more use you can do with them, right?

Wrong!

Over on Re-Nest, they’ve come up with 7 ways to use the humble banana peel including shining your shoes and removing splinters.

Go and have a browse of their “7 ways to reuse a banana peel”

Reuse hangers

Also on Re-nest, they have an article about reusing hangers!

Who would have thought it?

Mine get taken to the charity shop for donations, but some of you more crafty types might be inspired by ways to organise spools of ribbon, make  a window drape and the practical ones among you might be intrigued with using a hanger to store your toilet roll!

Check out “Favourite re-uses for old hangers

An experiment in waste

Christine has been doing her owns experiments this week. Instead of throwing away her apple peels, she’s been turning them into a versatile cleaning product and storecupboard kitchen ingredient!

Find out what she has been up to her with her “Experiment in waste“.

From potatoes to electricity

Branston, who package potatoes in the UK are going to use their waste potatoes to power a 300 kilowatt anaerobic digestion plant.

This will save the company over 40 percent on electricity and keep one HGV lorry load of waste off the road PER DAY!

Read more with “Potato packer to turn waste spuds into electricity“. Hmmm, jacket potato for lunch anyone?

Reuse scotch tape dispensers

Over on Tripple Pundit this week, there was an excellent article by Tom Szaky from TerraCycle, about Scotch tape dispensers. You know the ones? Those pesky plastic dispensers that many people (except me of course, who refills hers) throws away after use?

Well TerraCycle are going to collect dispensers from the public, donate 2 cents to a charity of the donator’s choice for each one received and send them back to 3M for them to reuse as new tape dispensers!

Simple. Genius. Profound. The simple ideas really are the best and who said Re-use needed brain power!

Read more with “Re-Imagining the Scotch Tape Dispenser Without Changing it at all.”

Cocoa Cola promotes recycling

Coca cola are opening a new branded ‘Recycle Zone’ in the UK.

Set up in Southampton City Centre, coca cola believe their recycle zones help consumers do their bit for a more sustainable future.

The ‘Keep it Going. Recycle’ campaign was created after coca cola realised that packaging accounts for the largest proportion of a drinks carbon footprint.  They say that you can cut the carbon footprint of your coca cola by up to 40% if you recycle the can or bottle.

Coca Cola plan to create 80 Recycling Zones by 2011, at locations such as theme parks and shopping centres. Read more with “Coca-cola’s first campaign to urge recycling.”

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth’s fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. John Costigane says:

    Hi Mrs Green,

    Branston are doing great with an AD plant and recycling cleaning water proposed. I hope they can sort their plastic packaging waste issues with similar zeal in a full-cycle system.

    Coca-Cola is the top Brand name and therefore can be an effective promoter of sustainable practice in the business world, as well as the consumer market .

    Collecting used Scotch tape holders for return to 3M is an excellent way to close the loop with the waste issue mainly avoided. In time this could be integral to 3Ms practice and become an example of sustainable business.

  2. Poppy says:

    It’s good news that Coca-Cola are finally doing something to tackle the huge amount of waste that their product leaves …. now can they please come up with an idea that appeals to the (mostly) young that litter the trade parks. I’m sure the problem is the same up and down the country. It drives me mad to see so much Coca-Cola, KFC and MacDonalds litter, particularly on a Monday after said youngsters have spent Sunday night racing around the streets 🙁

  3. Thanks for linking to me today, Mrs. Green! I’ve been watching my apple cider vinegar anxiously, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Hi John, I particularly loved the 3M story this week and hope it is a successful campaign,

    @Poppy: Hi poppy, It’s great when manufacturers begin to take their social and environmental responsibility more. Litter is a big problem; I guess we need some celebrities to promote the ‘not cool’ idea like they have done with drugs/

    @SavvyChristine: You’re welcome Christine; I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out for you – I was very impressed!

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