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In the UK, the average lifetime for a clothing garment is 2.2 years. The value of unused clothing in wardrobes is £30 billion, with each household’s annual textile footprint the equivalent of driving a car for 6,000 miles and uses an amount of water equal to filling 1,000 bathtubs.

Invitations are the first contact to inform guests of your special day. They often consist of elaborate foils and glitter which increases cost and reduces the recyclability. If your wedding is following a “green” theme, then begin with considering sustainable invitations.

 

It’s that time of year. Most days in the UK it’s impossible to leave the house without an umbrella, which gets battered by the winds, blown inside out and unfortunately sometimes in a tangled mess! And what can you do with your broken wet-weather essential?

Sustainability of the Smartphone

It has been estimated over 38.1 million iPhone’s have been sold in the UK alone, and now, most of us can’t imagine life without them. But did you know what your smartphone is made from? It might be much more valuable than you think.

Recycling Return Schemes

Most of these recycling streams are easily accessible through drop off points, home collections or free printable postage labels. There's much more to be done by manufacturers to make their packaging more easily recyclable, but here is a good place to start.

So as my final act for Plastic Free July, to cut down on the bottles of various plastic bottles of cleaning products under the sink, I tried out 5 DIY plastic free non-chemical cleaning recipes. With various success… The three main ingredients for them are white wine vinegar, bicarbonate of soda (from a zero waste shop) and leftover lemons!

 

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