Re Use & Recycle
As you head towards the bin, do you ever think can I make better use of this item I am about to consign to the care of my local authority? We know we do. And we love the sense of achievement we get when we manage to extend the life of the most humble of items, be it cornflake packet, worn out chair or even clothes the kids have grown out of. Of course, at the end of the day there are always things we will need to get rid of, so along with ideas on how to give things a longer shelf life, we guide you through the many recycling options. And if none of those appeal, we’ll show you how to turn your waste into hard cash, either for your own purpose or that of a charitable cause.
Last year WNWN posted about re-suable sandwich and snack bags. These little beauties are still used daily in our house and I no longer need expensive single-use sandwich bags. However I was still using cling film for odd bits of food, in the fridge especially. Then a friend posted on social media her home-made beeswax wraps.Read more »
Whether you have a shoe collection of Imelda Marcos sized-proportions, or see them as a functional item to protect your feet, we all have shoes. And at some point those shoes will come to the end of their useful life to you. But what happens to them then? What should we do with our pile of unwanted shoes?Read more »
So I have two obsessions/passions in life – one is of course waste reduction and recycling – the other is a much more simple pleasure, and that is books! World Book Day gets me particularly excited about life! I think some people would call me a bibliophile because the sight of a book shop or a library or even a pile of books gets my heart racing, and the likes of Waterstone’s, and even better, a dusty old independent book shop, is my idea of Shangri-La! My dream would be to have a coffee shop full of vintage up cycled furniture, and books, hundreds of them, where people could come to relax and read! One day…in the meantime, here is my Waste Not Want Not Guide to making the very most of every single tome, and every single page, and every single word of beauty!Read more »
So disposable coffee cups annoy just about everybody, not just Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. As a nation we use 7 million disposable coffee cups EVERY day – that is 2.5 billion a year. That is just plain crazy and it doesn’t take a genius to work out the impact that is going to have on the environment. And don’t get us started about the lids, the stirrers and those gargantuan plastic smoothie cups!Read more »
If you are planning to un-deck your halls this weekend, as is the tradition, then please consider the options for disposing of your rapidly disintegrating Christmas trees! Here is our WNWN Guide to responsibly recycling your Christmas tree!Read more »
Anybody else getting increasingly uncomfortable with the shelf life of all this very expensive technology available to us and how disposable particularly they seem to be? I know I am! And here we go again with not one new version of an iPhone, but three of them!Read more »
If you’ve ever wondered at the amount of rubbish that washes up on a beach, particularly in some of the most beautiful parts of the world, then this is a story that might make you feel optimistic about life. Sportswear manufacturers Adidas have produced the first ever pair of recycled shoes using waste products for the ocean.Read more »
At the risk of appearing to be slightly obsessed with trainers, we couldn’t help but have an ‘air punching’ moment when we heard about this great initiative by specialist running shop, Runners Need, to ‘recycle your running shoes’. As keen runners, we find ourselves hoarding trainers, sometimes because we have an unhealthy emotional attachment to them, but more often than not, because we haven’t been able to think of a better place for them to go.Read more »
There are those of us of a certain age which will no doubt remember with fondness being urged to collect postage stamps for whichever Blue Peter Appeal was applicable at the time. It was almost a way of life. Blue Peter always made the best of what everybody else was going to throw away, whether it be cereal packets, the labels off of Heinz Baked Bean tins, or postage stamps.
And this is a habit I have never grown out of. I don’t think I can actually remember ever putting a postage stamp, still affixed to an envelope, into a bin…ever! Anybody who has ever worked with me has also been subject to my mandate on this too – each company I’ve passed through on my journey through life has had a postage stamp collection policy enforced! And each year I diligently send them off to whichever charity needs them, historically Guide Dogs for the Blind, although sadly they don’t taken them any longer.Read more »
When I think back to school days, recycling meant the crushing of the collected drinks cans at the end of the school year to send off for recycling. There was of course a local ‘bottle (and can!) bank’, but the annual event of can crushing on the playground was one not to be missed. Metals recycling at home is one of the easiest things to do, wash it out and place it in the recycling bin, the giant magnets at the MRF do the rest. Did you know though that many local recycling services include aerosols?Read more »