Visit us on facebook Watch our YouTube videos

More Chocolate Less Waste

Image: 

 

Want to go that ‘egg-stra’ mile this Easter?

 

As Easter draws near, chocolate eggs in all shapes and sizes are in the shops and we start to plan our Spring DIY projects. 

An astounding 80 million chocolate eggs will be sold in the UK this Easter while traditionally around a third of all property owners will plan improvements to their homes.  

Easter is a great time for indulging and celebrating with friends and family, but it often comes at a cost to our pockets and the environment.  Here are some ideas for chocolate lovers and DIY enthusiasts alike - all of which will help to tackle the many thousands of tonnes of packaging and home improvement waste that will be generated over the next few weeks.

 

Easter Eggs

•    More chocolate, less plastic: choose Easter eggs with less packaging 

or packaging that has been made from recycled materials. Mars UK, Nestle UK, Cadbury UK, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s are amongst a number of confectionary brands and retailers who are making efforts to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their Easter egg packaging and increase the amount of recycled cardboard they use.

Be creative: Why not dare to be different and give an alternative to Easter eggs as a gift this year like a day out or go buy a bar of luxury chocolate instead of an egg - you'll get more chocolate for your money AND reduce packaging waste at the same time!

 

Food Waste

•    Plan in advance: resist the temptation to over-buy and save yourself some cash by planning your meals before you go shopping.  Visit Love Food Hate Waste for tips on how to save time and money.
•    Buy local: support your local businesses and reduce your carbon emissions in one easy step!
•    Keep it fresh: cut back on the amount of packaging you buy and purchase loose fruit and veg rather than pre-packed options and try and ensure you store things carefully so your produce stays fresher for longer.  Visit Love Food Hate Waste for top storage tips.
•     Or get creative in the kitchen and check out our great recipe ideas for your Easter leftovers. 

 

Spring clean your clothes' closet

•    If you’re looking at your summer wardrobe and deciding you need a new look there are plenty of amazing clothes available at your local charity shop and they will be more than happy to accept the ones that you don’t want.  Find your nearest charity shop here.  Alternatively get some friends together and hold your own “swishing” party.  Swishing is best described as a clothes swapping party for women. All ladies must bring at least one item of clothing to swap, and in return can choose anything they want! Visit http://www.swishing.org/home/  for more information.

 

DIY Waste

•    Use your recycling centre: Devon’s recycling centres will accept a huge range of bulky household waste including spray paint canisters, cardboard boxes, domestic appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines, garden waste, furniture, empty metal paint tins, non-working power tools,  wood, textiles such as clothing and curtains.  For soil, rubble, bricks, ceramic sanitary ware, plasterboard and asbestos, charges may apply. In addition to the many items

 listed above, some larger centres will accept flat glass and windows and doors that are in good condition for recycling.  Find your nearest recycling centre here.
•    Kerbside collections: items such as cardboard and empty aerosol canisters are also accepted by most local authority kerbside collections. 
•    Advertise: building materials and second-hand furniture are always in demand so why not advertise in local papers on community notice boards or on freecycle or ilovefreegle?
•    Get back to nature: composting is nature’s way of recycling. If you’ve been working on your garden and have some green waste why not give it a go and purchase a reduced price compost bin from your local council.  Check out reduced priced composting bins here.  If you have too much garden waste to compost at home, your local authority may even collect it from you so they can compost it themselves for use on parks, gardens and land restoration projects or for bio gas which is converted into electricity.

 

Check it before you chuck it

•    Recycle, recycle, recycle: remember to recycle the packaging from your Easter eggs. If you’re entertaining over the holiday period don’t forget to recycle your glass bottles, jars, tins, cans, plastics, paper and card too.
 

© 2011 RecycleDevon.org | Contact | Portal | Privacy and Cookies