Archive for May, 2009

Starbucks’ Cup Summit: Does the Cost of Recycling Runneth Over?

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Starbucks’ Cup Summit: Does the Cost of Recycling Runneth Over?

[via GreenBiz] Can your Starbucks coffee cup be recycled, and if so, is it really worth it? Starbucks’ Ben Packard, the vice president of Global Responsibility, and his running mate, Jim Hanna, the director of Environmental Impact, think so — and they invited 30 cup, cupstock and coating manufacturers, recyclers, waste managers and university researchers […]

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Welcome back!

Filed in Blog by on May 15, 2009 14 Comments
Welcome back!

Well, Mr Green’s rather optimistic 60 minutes of maintenance turned swiftly into 7 hours, but there we are. A girl can’t rush a makeover job, despite what the programmes on TV tell us. So here we are with a fresh coat of paint! I may well have been laid up in bed for a couple […]

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How to Recycle plastic milk bottle tops

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How to Recycle plastic milk bottle tops

A frequent question on my zero waste is ‘How do I recycle plastic milk bottle tops?’. Many areas will recycle plastic milk bottles, but as you’ll read in this article, there is a lot of confusion about recycling the plastic tops. Some local authorities ask you to put them on the bottle when recycling, others […]

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How to set up a recycling centre at home

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How to set up a recycling centre at home

Two weeks into our zero waste challenge and I realised my recycling set up wasn’t working for me. Boxes were toppling over, items were getting mixed up and my house was a mess. This was a sure fire way to throwing everything in the rubbish bin and giving up! It’s important to find a suitable […]

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Recycle Brita water filter cartridges

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Recycle Brita water filter cartridges

Ever wondered what to do with your old water filter cartridges? BRITA is the only water filter brand to recycle its cartridges. The cartridges are separated into their component parts and recycled, ensuring a traceable, renewable life cycle. You used to be able to post 3 cartridges to Brita for free, but Charlotte Gibson, marketing […]

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Reuse Ecover containers for refills

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Reuse Ecover containers for refills

Ecover refills are a great way to save plastic packaging ending up in landfill. There are refill stations all around the UK with more being added all the time. In the UK, we throw away over 400 tonnes of plastic bottles into landfill every year. Plastic hangs around for hundreds of years before degrading. Fortunately, […]

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Reuse glass jars

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Reuse glass jars

Each week we buy honey. We also buy curry sauces, pasta sauce on occasions, jam and other condiments. It’s easy to recycle glass jars, but it’s better to reuse them as this reduces energy and resources used in the recycling process. Last year I made chutney for the first time and it was great to […]

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Reuse envelopes – save money and the environment!

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Reuse envelopes – save money and the environment!

I’ve been carefully cutting open any envelopes and packaging I receive for the past few years; long before I began my zero waste adventures. I have to be honest, I initially did it to save money. I sell the occasional item on eBay and post unwanted books on Amazon, so it made sense to keep […]

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