The holiday season can be stressful for those who spend their whole year trying to keep their waste production down. The pressure is on to buy and receive gifts for friends, family, coworkers, the postman, the schoolteacher….and it’s a potential recipe for waste and stress. But you can choose to have a low waste Christmas! Here's a helpful gift guide to give you some ideas.
Wrapping paper is one of the most wasteful paper products we use as a society. The epitome of a single-use product, it’s designed to be excitedly ripped open and unceremoniously discarded. Research by OnePoll found that, just in the UK, we throw away over 100 million rolls of wrapping paper every Christmas.
the biggest zero waste mistake people make This is something I see all the time, and get asked about fairly often as well, particularly as more people become aware of the “zero waste” movement and the amount of plastic that we are currently producing. The mistake in question? Getting rid of perfectly good and usable things to make way for new, “better” zero waste options. Plastic tupperware. Plastic toothbrushes. An old water bottle. If it works, and you already own it, you should be using it - don’t throw it away! Don’t run before you can walk The idea that zero waste is some sort of beautiful lifestyle that you hop straight into is misleading, I think. And again, it’s...
Every year, approximately 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK. Around 7.5 billion of those are recycled. Every year, British households throw 22 million tonnes of waste into the bin. But I’m not writing this to tell you that you need to get more of your friends and family and workplaces to recycle. In fact, we as consumers should not be focusing on recycling more at all. We should be recycling less.