Our 3 recycling stories of the week

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Are UK consumers ethical or not? Find out with the Guardian!

Are UK consumers ethical or not? Find out with the Guardian!

Morning lovelies, it’s the time of the week again where I share some link love with other great stories on the internet.

Each story will focus on reducing, reusing our recycling our way to a zero waste future.

Ethical consumerism in the UK

Over on Facebook, Stephen gave me the heads up on an interesting Guardian article.

In it, some market research looked at whether the UK was an ‘ethical’ nation or not – based on consumer habits such as recycling, buying organic, and supporting fairtrade.

What do you think? “Are UK citizens more or less ethical than the rest of Europe?” Go and have a read – you might be surprised!

Decluttering without effort

In this inspiring post, Cindy over at 365less things shares some thought provoking ways in which we can eliminate clutter without even trying.

She starts with giving up kitchen roll in favour of reusable cloths, ventures into reading newspapers online and I shan’t spoil the rest for you.

Have a read of her ‘eliminate clutter without even trying‘ post.

Recycle cereal bag inners

Mrs A gave me the heads up on this story over on The Rubbish diet.

I’ve been telling people for years they could put polythene in with the carrier bags at some supermarkets, but now the advice is official!

Asda; The Co-operative Group; WM Morrison; J Sainsburyโ€™s; Tesco; and Waitrose now accept clean plastic film packaging such as plastic-wrapped bakery goods, breakfast cereal liners, packaging for household goods (toilet roll wrap, kitchen roll wrap) plastic-wrapped grocery produce (fresh and frozen) and multipack shrink wrap.

The breakfast cereal liners should be particularly good news for many of our readers who have not been able to recycle this material in the past!

Check out “Supermarkets to take back plastic film in store

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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. Julie Day says:

    I had been putting cereal liners in Sainsbury’s bag bank anyway but if they take all types, and not just their own, then I will do so with those too.

  2. Karen says:

    I hardly ever throw away cereal packets. I use them again and again. I use them in the freezer, in the attic , in the shed and for sandwiches. Now that many supermarket bags eventually turn into snowy dust I find the cereal packets good for storing small items in the attic. I just write on them with a permanent marker to say what is in them. I haven’t bought freezer bags for years.I could go on with more ideas but have to get out to work.

  3. Mrs Green says:

    @Julie Day: Looks like you were ahead of the game too Julie ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Karen: Great ideas Karen and so resourceful – thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ (I might get back to you for more ideas to turn into a post ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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