Being greener has never been easier. Here are some tips on how to help protect the planet by using less plastic and recycling more
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2019 has been a big year when it comes to plastic.
So many more of us are now finally trying to use less, recycle more and just generally think about the planet. And it’s high time. But there’s always at least one extra change you can make. A recent YouGov poll revealed that almost half of us (49%) admit we ‘could do more’ when it comes to recycling, so now’s the time to start.
“We believe that simple swaps, from plastic to paper and cardboard alternatives, could significantly reduce single-use plastic, says Alex Manisty, group head of strategy at DS Smith, a sustainable packaging company. “While there is no silver bullet, sustainable packaging has a huge role to play – and unlike plastic – paper and cardboard are materials that are recyclable not just in theory but in practice, achieving recycling rates of 85% today across Europe.”
So, how can you do more? Try making these easy eco swaps at home…
1. Keep food fresh without using cling film
You can use off cuts of fabric, covered in beeswax and coconut oil instead of cling film, to keep food fresh in the fridge. Or if that’s too much like hard work, you can buy your own beeswax wraps. Try Bee’s Wrap Assorted Reusable Food Wraps – Pack of 3, AED 104.75.
10. Shop with recyclability in mind
Look for the on-pack recycling information and avoid foods packaged in single-use plastics. Black plastic can’t be recycled, and companies like Marks & Spencer are doing something about this. Their priority is to remove or reduce plastic packaging, and as part of this, they’ve removed 1,700 tonnes of black plastic from products such as fruit and veg, meat and fish and their Mini Bites tubs, while also launching new, widely recyclable terracotta CPET trays to replace black plastic.