We got ourselves an OWL monitor after hearing it could save us 25% on our electricity consumption.
The OWL has been awarded the prestigious “Best Buy” award from Which.
Even though we try and live a bit of the ‘green life’ here at Zero waste towers, we don’t really cover the whole ‘eco friendly’ lifestyle subject on the site because it would dilute the landfill theme.
You might have guessed this is all about the packaging!
I wasn’t planning on writing this post, but was so happily surprised that the OWL deserves a mention.
There I was fumbling about with the new box trying to open it when Mr G said “Hang on a minute; what’s this?”
I turned the box over to see this glorious array of packaging information:
It tells me that the outer and inner cardboard is made from 80% recycled paper and is recyclable, the instructions are made from ‘no wood paper’ and are biodegradable / recyclable and the plastic is all LDPE (plastic code #2). I can add LDPE to the carrier bag recycling at my local Sainsbury.
It also carries the obligatory WEEE symbol to remind me NOT to throw it in the landfill after use, but to dispose of it responsibly for recycling.
Even the batteries came wrapped in LDPE. It would have been a nice touch to include rechargeable batteries, but I guess these would add quite a bit to the cost.
So all in all, a pleasant surprise from OWL and they’ve earned themselves a My Zero Waste thumbs up without even trying!
What about you – have you had any pleasant packaging surprises recently?
Remember, there are bargain bins galore of all sorts of zero waste buys over on our zero waste shopping site – why not have a browse and add some of your own finds to our database?
Bonus photo for Ms Barnard, who won’t be able to believe her eyes. Yes, it’s yours truly wielding a screwdriver to put the batteries into the OWL sensor 😉 See, I’m a woman of many talents…
Keep a look out next week – we’re launching a competition for you to win one of 5 OWL monitors.
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