Take the humble sheet of paper. Once you’ve used it, it’s easy to recycle in your nearest paper recycling bank or even at your kerbside.
Take a piece of polythene. Again, once used, it’s easy to recycle with the carrier bags at some supermarket.
But what happens if you wrap that piece of paper in the polythene and heat seal it with a laminating machine?
A wonderful poster that won’t be destroyed by the ravages of time and weather BUT can’t be recycled at the end of its life…
I’ve found three such laminated sheets here at Chez Green, and before you suggest it, I really don’t want to keep them as place mats.
One is an out of date poster and the other is a rather super idea, although I say it myself, of an ever lasting shopping list. Using a china-graph pencil, you can mark on the list whenever you run out of something. What a great way to reduce paper waste!
The trouble is, this one is rather old and it’s surprising how many of these things we no longer buy. Cat food is on there along with many other items we simply don’t buy any more. So yep, it’s everlasting but now I don’t want it to be…
Have you ever tried to do something right on the recycling front, but got it totally wrong? And if you have the answer to recycling laminated sheets or have found ‘eco friendly’ laminating pouches on your travels, I’m all ears!
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