6 Steps To Be More Green
A bit of a heavy subject for midweek but considering its Global Recycling Day next week (Monday 18th March), it couldn’t be more apt. Global Recycling Day aims to bring awareness to the importance of recycling and to remind us all that we need to look after our planet. We need to be more mindful and think twice about what we throw away, or purchase.
While there are numerous things you can do to “go green,” one of the easiest and most effective for households is to recycle. Here's a few things to consider;
1. Do you know what can be recycled from your household?
Get in touch with your local council to find out what can be recycled and where. For instance, did you know that the cap and ring on a plastic bottle are not always recyclable? You may think you’ve been doing your bit but bottles that arrives with their cap and ring still on will often just be thrown away into general waste. You need to remove these before putting them in your recycling or check with your local council.
2. Rinse your recycling
You can’t recycle items that have food residue on them or anything you’ve used to clean up a spillage. The solution is to quickly rinse items that can be rinsed or remove parts that cannot be cleaned and recycle the rest of the item.
3. Make it simpler
You want to try and make recycling a part of your everyday. It can be confusing knowing what can be recycled and where. Once you’ve clarified that information you can set up a very simple recycling area in your house.
There are a few inexpensive items that can really help you to avoid the need to recycle certain things too, here's some of our favourites;
4. Invest in a reusable coffee cup
It’s estimated that in the UK we use 7 million disposable coffee cups every day and a lot of these won’t end up even being recycled but instead just thrown in to general rubbish and shipped to landfills. Many coffee shops are becoming aware of this problem and offer consumers a discount for using their own reusable cup. Also, supermarket giants Waitrose have stopped offering takeaway cups altogether. Instead customers will need to provide their own reusable cups if they need a little pick me up whilst doing their weekly shop. We love these recyclable cups from Urban Outfitters because they are also collapsible meaning they can easily fit in your handbag.
5. AVOID single-use plastic
Straws are a great example of futile single use plastic, the average person uses 130 straws per year, and these can take up to 200 years to decompose. Thankfully, banning straws in the UK has become part of the 25-year Environmental Plan, however you can start now by cutting these out of your daily lives. Alternatively, if you really need straws why not invest in some metal straws, they’re kinder to the environment, more stylish and better for your wallet as they’re reusable.
6. Be a smart shopper
I never leave the house without my foldable shopping bag. There are some great options on the market that fold up easily in your bag and it will ensure you never need to buy a plastic bag when out shopping!