Mrs Green’s six stories on Sunday

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Recycling cans in Bournemouth

Recycling cans in Bournemouth

It’s Sunday, and time to share my reduce, reuse, recycle and composting stories.

Each one should help us take steps towards a zero waste future.

Tips to reduce waste

Just in time for National Zero Waste Week, Lisa shared a fabulous post this week full of tips for reducing your waste.

She starts with basics like swapping disposable items for reusable, cooking from scratch and buying in bulk, but moves on to more thought provoking ideas such as changing wasteful habits and tweaking shopping habits.

Have a read of her “8 steps to reducing household trash” post.

Keep stuff out of the landfill and raise money for charity

This week I want to give a shout out to Jumble aid. It’s like Freecycle but helps to raise funds for charity too.

If you have any unwanted items that are too good to go to landfill, now you can use them to raise funds for your chosen charity.

JumbleAID lets individuals and businesses post unwanted stuff online and anyone can pledge a donation for an item.

It’s FREE, easy to use, and it’s good for the environment too!

Easy Eco

This week I met a great woman on Twitter; who runs a blog called ‘easy Eco’

On it, she shares simple tips for making your life more eco friendly.

She’s been on a roll with her ideas this month about preventing waste ending up in landfill by writing reviews on cloth napkins, perfect for a litter free lunch, shopping in second hand stores and reading online magazines instead of paper ones.

Her posts are short, punchy and to the point – why not have a browse of her archives and pick up some tips on reducing your landfill waste?

Recycle cans in Bournemouth

I was shocked by a story a friend told me of her recent visit to Brighton beach.

She witnessed people leaving the entire waste from their picnics on the beach. Jardly anyone gathered up their litter and took it with them; they simply left it all where they had been sitting.

Beach lovers in Bournemouth will now be able to recycle drink cans while enjoying the seaside with special drinks can crushing units placed on the Pier.

Every Can Counts, a partnership between drinks can manufacturers, the recycling industry and waste management companies, aims to increase the amount of cans recycled by people in public places.

Let’s hope they arrive in Brighton soon!

Wrap to reduce food waste and packaging

We’ve been told enough times that we are wasting too much food. In the UK we throw away around £10bn of consumable food every year.

WRAP are working with some major supermarkets to help reduce their packaging and food waste.

One example is  chickens. WRAP have identified a high barrier plastic film which extends the life of chickens by two days. Use of this film will do away with the need for polystyrene trays, absorbent foam and a sticky label. This will reduce packaging weight by a huge 74%.

Read more with “WRAP looks at packaging to reduce food waste

Ditch the disposables

I love this post from Peter this week.

He talks about the effects of our disposable culture on landfill and the environment and looks forward a few years to share his concerns about the future.

Have a read of his “let’s dump the disposable economy” article.

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,

    A can crusher is a handy way for the public to recycle without too much effort when they are located in busy areas. A large percentage of aluminium cans is not recycled which is a shocker considering their value in lowering costs of new metal production compared to the bauxite mineral source.

    Removing the bulk of plastic packaging (waste) from chicken, and other items, is very welcome with WRAP promoting this alternative. Using home containers is even better though not available in some stores.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @John Costigane: Hi John, it’s a great idea isn’t it and the novelty might draw people to have a go. It will be interesting to see how the developments with WRAP materialise.

  3. Poppy says:

    Oh dear Mrs G 🙁 It took me a full minute or more to work out the third story. I was puzzling about how the ink would wash out! Ooops!

  4. At Cleethorpes which is one of my local beaches, they have big recycling bins similar to normal rubbish bins but which into you can deposit plastic bottles and cans and paper

  5. Mrs Green says:

    @Poppy: Sounds like you have been working too hard Poppy; either that or I’m ridiculously ambiguous when I write LOL!

    @maisie dalziel: That’s great Maisie; it’s good to see councils taking pride of their area

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