Important facts on recycling including, how? Why? And what you need to do at home, to help the environment.
Do you do enough for the environment? The world is coming to an end and we must be more efficient for the environment, so we are being told, on a daily basis. But how important is it really to recycle? I have done some research and have found some major facts I want to share with you all to see if you are doing enough to help ‘save our planet’!
Did you know?
The average person throws away more or less their own body weight in rubbish every 6-7 weeks? That may not seem alot but when you think about someone who is around 10 stone, that’s approximately 28 average size bags of sugar. That’s heavy! Wasting this amount of food costs the average family around £680 per year. It’s shocking how much money we are throwing away on food waste yet we all moan how expensive it is to eat. So what can we do to ensure we are not wasting money or food? Recycle!
Most households only have 1 bin which consists of tin, glass, food, plastic and paper. All of these items can be recycled! Let’s make a start with food. It’s easy to start with food as you actually begin with your shopping list! Make yourself a weekly plan on what food you will eat on what days and ensure you know who will be home for dinner on what nights. Planning ahead is fun when you can get the kids involved and have a giggle at their suggestions! Doing this will save you money while shopping and ensure you only buy what you need. This also saves waste therefore saving you space in your kitchen so you don’t get cluttered with bins and boxes. A great way of saving space is to store bins in cupboards like these: https://www.locksonline.com/buy/Swing-Out-Waste-Bins-161.html
Save any leftover food in Tupperware or by reusing takeaway boxes (I reuse lots of Chinese ones myself! Yum yum!) Things like nuts, sweets, pasta, dried fruit and rice can be put into smaller recycled jars and can be stored in cupboards. If you’re stuck for room to store these type of food look at some different solutions like pull our shelves ect. You can see a good range at Locks Online here: https://www.locksonline.com/buy/Mounted-Racks-Baskets-Shelves-158.html
So let’s take a quick look on some facts on how food is impacting our planet.
- There are 1.6 million untouched bananas and 1.2 million untouched sausages thrown away EVERY DAY in the UK.
- There is 20 million slices of bread binned EVERY DAY. – Just feed the birds!
- There is £250m worth of soft drinks thrown in the bin every year.
- There are 500,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables and salad thrown away every year.
This is just a snippet of what we are wasting!
How about glass? How many bottles of wine or milk do you go through in 1 month? Are you a pasta junkie and love your sauces? Well did you know 1 glass milk bottle can take up to 4000 YEARS to decompose? That’s amazing. I like a glass of wine myself and make it a priority to keep my bottles away from my everyday bin. Once per month we head down to our local bottle bin to get rid of all wine bottles and glass jars, reducing clutter in our kitchen. I usually keep these in a glass bin under the sink after washing them out. Have a look at some of these bins that fit under the sink to hide the evidence of a heavy night: https://www.locksonline.com/buy/Pull-Out-Waste-Bins-For-Hinged-Doors-162.html
Here are some facts on how glass affects our planet.
- Glass jars and bottles are 100% recyclable and can be reused without damaging the quality or purity.
- Recycling about 1,000 tons of glass creates just over 8 jobs.
- In the UK the average family uses 330 bottles and jars each year.
- The energy saving from a single recycled bottle will power a 100watt light bulb for almost 1 hour or a TV for around 20 minutes.
Again these are just a small example of the impact on glass and the environment.
If you’re a fan of fizzy drinks in cans or tin foil for bacon butties, you can make a change to the way we live by recycling your aluminium. By crushing 1 single drink can and placing it in a bin to be recycled, you can power someone’s TV for 3 hours. That’s just 1 can! Imagine if you had a party and had a bin full of cans, you could run your TV for a few days! It’s simple to separate your aluminium, again just by having a spare bin to put everything in. Why not get a free standing stylish bin, to keep aluminium separate from your everyday bin.
Here are some facts I have found on aluminium.
- Americans throw away enough aluminium to rebuild an entire commercial airs fleet, every 3 months!
- There are around 123,097 aluminium cans recycled every minute
- Aluminium can take up to 500 years to decompose.
- Aluminium can be recycled over and over again without losing any quality.
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So how do you feel about recycling now? I’m not saying with a click of your fingers you need to be fully eco friendly however, start something small to get into a routine. Separate your bins and start making a small difference to the environment. If we all started a little something today, we could save alot of energy, time and money.
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