How is your zero waste week going?
Any dustbin demons to report? Any landfill layabouts that need kicking into touch?
There was an interesting article in last week’s MRW written by Mal Williams of Clych. The first paragraph was extremely poignant. It read: “It’s up to us as individuals to save the day – we cannot wait for the Government or waste companies to come to our rescue and it’s about time the industry got that message across”
Personally, I couldn’t agree more. In an article in the same magazine I urged industry leaders to think about the following “I can continue to campaign for the next ten years and bring about small changes. But many of you have the power to make massive changes by putting your signature on a piece of paper. Do you have the courage to make a difference?”
Over the past few years we moved as a family from focusing on our own waste at home, to encouraging readers to do ‘their bit’ and on to working with manufacturers to bring about change.
Sally from Natural Spa Supplies is a passionate recycler and she shared a fantastic pledge for zero waste week. She wrote “I will write to butter manufacturers whose butter I buy (Yeo Valley and Rachels) and ask them to use recyclable packing. At the moment they use an aluminium-paper composite and it is not recyclable. I eat lots of butter so this should help thin my household bin as well as the bins of their other customers from landfill waste”.
Isn’t that wonderful? And it’s a subject that is close to my heart as you might remember from an earlier rant about the on-pack recycling label scheme.
We chose the theme of ‘One More thing’ because, as Sally shows, it’s inclusive no matter where you find yourself on your zero waste journey. If you’re right at the start then remembering to take reusable bags to the store might be the ‘one more thing’ you feel you can do. If you’re a bit further along the path you might spend time this week finding recycling areas for items that don’t get picked up from your kerbside. But what do you do if you’re already a recycling pro?
My challenge to you would be that there is ALWAYS one more thing you can do – how about getting together with neighbours and creating a rota for trips to the local Bring Banks or setting up a community compost scheme? Some people have joined the Facebook events page and said they don’t know how much more they can do, so we welcome them as ‘experts’ for other people to pick their brains and learn from! Sally’s pledge shows us that if we’re doing all we can perhaps it’s time to call on manufacturers to show some accountability and encourage them to step up too.
Sally really does practice what she preaches. She sells a range of high quality items that help you keep yourself and your home clean and healthy. She uses padded paper postage bags, wraps delicate items in cardboard tied with string and uses glass bottles instead of plastic. Check out her fantastic range of products at Natural Spa Supplies,
If you want to ‘return to sender’ check out my template letter which you are free to use and let me know if you’ve ever written to a manufacturer. Did you get a favourable response?