This is all very doom-and-gloom, and it’s something we avoid thinking about because it’s uncomfortable. The truth is that burying our heads in the sand about the issue of waste does not make it go away. So what is the answer? What can we, as individuals, do to soften our impact and minimise our contribution to this problem?
The R’s around sustainability should be considered in order:
Rethink – Can I obtain this product without the packaging / in infinitely recyclable packaging?
Refuse – Do I really need it?
Reduce – Am I making sure I use my products to their very end of life? Can I use less of this product?
Reuse – Can I reuse any unavoidable packaging before I bin it?
Repurpose – Can I repurpose the packaging? Yoghurt pots make great plant pots for seedlings!
Recycle/Rot – If something really cannot be reused/repurposed, am I recycling it properly by separating materials and ensuring it is placed in the right bin after a rinse out? Can I place this material in a compost bin to rot it down? (If you’re interested in home composting, email our specialist team for a quote on installing compost bays).