Re Use & Recycle

There are always things we will need to get rid of, let us guide you through the many recycling options.

Recycle Your Felt Tip Pens with BIC’s Writing Instruments Programme

Any household with children will know just how many felt tip pens pass through their doors over the years. And it seems that the vast majority of them will meet a premature end when the smaller members of the family leave the lids off on a regular basis. I know I have tried everything to avoid their early demise, but the sad fact of the matter is, kids, get through tons of the things!

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The Return of the Milkman & Why Glass Bottles Make Environmental & Practical Sense

Most of us over a certain age remember a simpler time when early mornings consisted of the musical hum of the milk float and a clink of a bottle as the milkman brought us cold fresh milk for our corn flakes. But with milk deliveries all but disappearing during the 80s and 90s as supermarkets took on the milk supply, it was quite a surprise to learn that in 2018 the milkman is making a welcome return to our doorsteps.

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How to Recycle Books | Six Great Ways to Give Your Books External Life!

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!

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How to Make Beeswax Wraps | Introducing More Reusables into Your Life

If you are all about reducing what you use and introducing more reusables into your life, then the beeswax wrap is for you! These little beauties are used daily in our house and I no longer need expensive single-use sandwich bags or cling film. 

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Can I Recycle Contact Lenses & Plastic Blister Packs

The good news is that Boots has now launched the UK’s first free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses and the little plastic cases that we throw away every day. There are several options available to you.

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Can I Recycle Bread Bags & Other Stretchy Plastic?

Trying to work out which plastics you can and can’t recycle can be confusing, but the good news is that you CAN recycle most bread bags and in fact most stretchy plastics! This also includes fresh fruit and veg bags, frozen veg bags, wrappers for nappies and toilet rolls, some postal packaging and also bubble wrap.

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Make Your Own Loose Produce Bag Out of a T-Shirt | Reduce Plastic Waste in Your Life

The motivation to make my own produce bag comes from a recent debate in the supermarket with my dear husband. For a long time, I have been content with weighing my produce and sticking the sticker onto one of the items. He did not share the same thoughts, however, and was putting potatoes into plastic bags!! So this is my attempt to dissuade him from this habit, although he looked unimpressed by my creation, and is yet to try it out!  Regardless of what he thinks, I love it, and it is so easy to do! 

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Making the Most of Your Shoes | Where and How to Recycle Shoes

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?

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Well Done Costa Coffee | Seeing Good Sense Amidst All the Latte Levy Froth!

When MPs announced in January that they were introducing a new latte levy, you may remember that our reaction was one of utter dismay. See our blog post of 5 January – Disposable Coffee Cups | The Full Picture.

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Recycling Your Christmas Tree!

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!

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