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How to be a Green Champion this Recycle Week!

Returning for its 18th year, Recycle Week (21 – 27th September, 2020) is an opportunity for individuals to take action and help the planet, together.

Whether you’re a recycling hero already or a novice, everyone can do something to tackle global environmental issues.

When it comes to recycling, it’s not just household items you should be considering; food and drink waste also plays a huge role in harming the environment if it’s not disposed of correctly.

Here at Warrens Group, we are keen to help people get involved with food-waste recycling, and help consumers avoid binning their food without considering other, more eco-friendly options.

Kevin Quigley our Commercial Director comments: “Food waste is a subject that is very close to our hearts at Warrens Group and tackling the issue is an important part of our goal to help our customers become more environmentally-friendly.

“As individuals, we need to start looking after our food and reducing the amount that gets wasted in the home. It could make such a difference to the world around us and it’s so easy to get on board with too.”

Here we share have five ways households can support Recycle Week by thinking about tackling food waste as well as recycling other household items:

 

MEAL PLAN

Planning your meals for the week is a great way to reduce food waste. Why don’t you make a list of what meals you’ll be prepping and then jot down what you need to buy! By sticking to a shopping list, you’ll be less likely to impulse buy things you don’t really need, and therefore cut back on food waste.

 STORE FOOD CORRECTLY

Not storing your food correctly can lead to more food being wasted. Separating foods that produce more ethylene gas from those that don’t is a great way to reduce food spoilage. Ethylene promotes ripening in foods such as bananas, avocados and tomatoes.

 

SHOE BOXES

Shoe boxes can be one of the most useful items to reuse. After all, why waste all of the cardboard that is used when buying a new pair of shoes? Shoe boxes can be used for storage or even reused as a gift box – wrap it in some gift wrapping, fill it with tissue paper and it’s good to go. With Easter coming up, you could even make it into an Easter Egg basket or egg hunt box!

 

GLASS JARS AND BOTTLES

Whether it’s an old jam or chutney jar, a fancy gin bottle or even a finished candle, there are so many ways these can be reused. You could store anything in them from tea lights, to spices you use in the kitchen or even grow some plants around the home. How about using an old empty glass bottle as a quirky vase?

 

CLOTHES AND BEDDING

Rather than throwing old clothing and bedding away, there are multiple useful things you could do with them. They could be cut up and used as cleaning rags, or if you have a favourite T-shirt that may be too small, why not make it into a pillowcase or use multiple favourite clothing items to make a blanket? It’s also a good idea to clear out your clothes every couple of months and donate anything you haven’t worn in a while to a shelter or charity shop, to be put to good use.