Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

Reducing Waste, Room by Room: Office or Studio

The main culprit here is paper - the pulp and paper industry is one of the biggest drivers of deforestation in Indonesia, accounting for roughly 20 percent of deforestation in the 2000s, and endangering rainforest species such as the Sumatran Tiger.  Recycling should be a last resort and certainly don't throw any paper waste in your general waste bin! Reduce Ask for paperless bills - most service providers will give you an option to receive your invoices and bills by email rather than through the post - it saves them money too! Don't print off your emails unless you absolutely have to, and if you do print on both sides. Re-use Any correspondence or old paperwork which is just printed on one side can be re-used as blank paper - I make notepads for ideas and to-do lists by stapling 30 or 40 of these together. Other paper waste is pulped and made into paper briquettes for our wood burning stove. If possible, re-fill your ink cartridges at...
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Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Reducing Waste: Room by Room: Kitchen

Kitchen   Our kitchen is the engine of the household, and it’s here we can make the biggest impact on our waste output. It’s in the kitchen where we usually have the household’s main general waste bin: the go-to place to bring general waste from around the house.   So if we want to reduce our waste we should start – and stop! – here. 1. Consumer Power The best way to reduce your waste is simply not to buy it in the first place: try to choose a similar product with less packaging, even if it costs a bit more: larger tins & packets products without individually wrapped food but best of all, waste-free shopping where you can fill your own containers - click the link for your local zero waste shops 2. Plan Don’t cook more than you need, or if you do make sure you cook double so you can save it for another meal. Plan your shopping to...
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Wrap it up!

Wrap it up!

5 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Solutions In the UK alone we collectively throw away 227 thousand miles of paper during the festive season. With that in mind, I wanted to look into alternative solutions for Gift Wrapping.   So whats the problem with Christmas paper anyway? Most wrapping paper cannot be recycled. Often, the paper has been laminated with plastic, contains glitter, foil and other non paper materials. The paper also rarely has good quality fibres, (necessary for the recycling process) and is contaminated with sellotape which is not only non-recyclable  but can disrupt the recycling process.   1.  FUROSHIKI The Ancient Japanese art of cloth folding. The perfect wrap up where the wrapping is actually part of the gift! It can be used to wrap boxes, small objects and even bottles. It is a great, elegant way to avoid using plastic or paper bags and help to preserve natural resources.   https://youtu.be/ARdJKHQ5q7g If you fancy giving it a go source already existing fabrics by searching charity shops or the back of...
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