The at home remedy for plastic pollution

The at home remedy for plastic pollution

I hate plastic. I really do. I’m trying my best to use as little as possible but the stuff is unavoidable. As a very enthusiastic recycler, I started to realise just how much plastic can’t be recycled. Seeing the volume of plastic that was going into my black bin and heading for landfill made my stomach turn. Around the end of October last year I saw a post on Facebook about what to do with your non-recyclable plastics. It talked about the ecobrick. I loved the idea and I’ve been making them ever since.

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Recycling 101

Recycling 101

Recycling can be confusing and because in 2016 the UK generated over 222 million tonnes of waste (12% being household waste), it’s important we get the hang of it. Only 45.7% of household waste was recycled in 2017 even though there is potential for a lot more to be recycled. Recycling reduces the demand for new natural resources and, therefore, protects the environment from further damage caused by extracting the raw materials and processing them (which causes both air and water pollution). Greenhouse gas emissions are also cut when waste is recycled. Current UK recycling saves more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 from being produced along with a large amount of energy. Waste that is sent to landfill produces methane as it breaks down – so increasing recycling rates, reduces the environmental impact of the waste sat in landfill. Since it’s clear that recycling is an important part of protecting our environment, I’ve included what I consider the most important info to simplify everything about recycling.

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