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Reduce household waste like the new Fiver?

Britain is Reducing its Household Waste for a Fiver

How so? The new five pound note has been causing a stir ever since the first ones were printed off in September. Whether you can sell it on and make a windfall profit or whether you can destroy it are ironically the two hot topics attached to the new five pound note. Considering both possibilities it seems incredible anyone would ever opt for the latter theory.

This hysteria has sadly overshadowed the merits of this new five pound note and of those that could follow. Instead of paper the Bank of England opted to make the five pound note with Polymer. The hope is that this new material will help the five pound note endure longer. In turn that would mean fewer five pound notes having to be printed, reducing the energy used to make them and transport them. When finally they do reach the end of their life they can be recycled into making new ones.

Reduce your own Household Waste with the new Five Pound Note

Having a new fiver in your pocket may feel good. However if you take a minute to reflect on the thought and design that has gone into making this note so that it is environmentally friendlier, maybe we can think twice about what will we actually choose to buy with it.

Can we buy products with less packaging to reduce our household waste? Can we remember to take our own ‘bag for life’ to the shops instead of paying for more plastic bags to take home?

Recycle your household waste

Identify ways to reduce household waste

The Harlequins Heist

Do your Ladybirds have black or red wings? Do they have black or red spots? This might sound all very trivial and unimportant but this subtle difference should be of interest. Our lovely ladybird and its environment are under threat of a Harlequin heist. So who is the infamous Harlequin and why should we care?

The Harlequin ladybird looks like our native ladybird but it has black wings and red spots instead of the other way round. They came from the far east, first spotted about a decade ago and have been on the rise ever since. Homes have had the ladybirds heist their home with up to 500 in a swarm. Ecologically they are causing alarm because they are predatory insects and threaten the native ladybird by eating the larvae. Our native ladybird is a helpful pest controller but the right balance is being upset due to the presence of the Harlequin ladybird.

Harlequin ladybird can we do anything about them?

Apparently not if we do not want to harm our native ladybird! Unfortunately they have a taste for soft fruits too so you may likely spot them munching berries. So often is the case with ecological issues we feel like we cannot resolve them, but look a little bit deeper and you will find things to do. So what are the ways to reduce household waste? We can think of ways to help our environment such as household waste recycling and food waste recycling.

Ways to reduce household waste

Identify ways to reduce household waste

We can identify ways to reduce the amount going to landfills etc. Not only do Great Green Systems provide innovative recycling products such as their food waste digesters but they have plenty of tips on how to reduce your waste with household waste recycling ideas. Check previous blogs for more information.

Use natural products to reduce household waste

Turmeric is a hot topic. It’s not just the spice and flavour that gets us talking but the ongoing studies that reveal the amazing health benefits from turmeric. Family to the ginger plant, this native plant from Asia is certainly worth giving it a whirl in the garden. The great thing about the turmeric plant is that you can recycle every part of it. The roots and leaves can both be used in many cooking dishes, beauty treatments and it is a very popular dye. The plant can not only be grown in the garden but in pots in the kitchen which means any one can have a go at growing it.

Why Try Turmeric at Home?

The more we get creative with the natural products available around us the better it is for our health and our household waste recycling situation.

Use natural products to reduce household waste

If we grow more we can use natural products to reduce household waste we produce. When we take the time to grow things ourselves we take pride in the results and work harder to use it wisely and ultimately this effects our food waste recycling too. Being aware of our household recycling and food waste recycling can be fun, educational and has long lasting benefits for ourselves and the world around us. Growing an interesting and exotic plant like turmeric at home is a great example.
Use natural products to reduce household waste

How to reduce Plastic Household Waste

5 Ways to Reduce your Plastic Household Waste

So you may not have a 3D printer (see previous blog) to produce art pieces from plastic bottles but there are certainly other amusing and fun ways to reduce and recycle your plastic household waste.

Here are 5 ways you could recycle plastic bottles at home

  1. Lightshades – made from bottle ends and combining these with other plastic items like plastic spoons you can make wonderful lamp and lightshades that are stylish and beautiful. Who would have thought!
  2. Plant holders – you may be thinking this is not a new idea, as the garden has always been a great place to recycle plastic for plants and that is true but ideas have moved on and the internet has many exciting and visually great new ways to use your plastic in the garden.
  3. Organisers – whether it is for pencils, pens and nails, recycled large milk containers are really great ways to organise and recycle in the home.
  4. Curtains – yes, beautiful net like screens and curtains can be designed and made with the bottom of plastic bottles – a great craft project for the family.
  5. Bird feeders – expensive to buy, easy to make!

Green Kitchen Caddy – Don’t forget about your Food Waste

Green Kitchen Caddy - Plastic Household Waste

We have talked a lot about reducing household waste but don’t forget about recycling food waste at home either.  A kitchen caddy is an easy and great place to start recycling your food waste and if you have space for a food digester and composter like the Green Cone and Green Johanna, this will dramatically reduce food waste going to landfills.

Recycling household waste

Print a Cleaner World with 3D Printing

3D technology has quickly developed in the last decade which is great news for us. Did you know that 3D printers can help us reduce our household waste and the sickening amount of plastic rubbish that is strewn across our earth?

3D printers and 3D re-printers are being designed to specifically recycle plastic bottles and convert the recycled plastic into a material that can be used for 3D printing. This means we can start taking used plastic and recycling it into useful products again. With about 5 trillion or more plastic items floating in our oceans, this is very exciting news!

New Ideas are Floating Around

This news has already inspired many to think about how they can use 3D printing to help reduce our worldwide problem of household waste. 3D items have been printed from recycled plastic such as sunglasses and even a bikini that cleans the sea as you swim!

Two people who have really shown commitment to recycling our plastic waste are Project Seafood Founders, Fabian Wyss and Jennifer Gadient. These two artists, coupled with great motivation, have set themselves up with a mobile van that houses a plastic shredder and a smart 3D printer. Their journey has taken them all over Europe to visit beaches, collect the plastic waste, shred it and design the template for their 3D printer to produce amazing items and art pieces.

Recycling household waste

What does this mean for our own household waste? You may be reading this and thinking that 3D printers sound amazing but are not accessible to the average household right now. Please see the following blog this month to see how you can still make a difference by recycling your household waste using easy methods.

A Valuable Heap of Feathers

Britain has a long relationship with farming and keeping poultry. Did you ever wonder what happens to the waste by-product of poultry farming? That is to say, what happens to all the fluffy feathers? With eight billion chickens farmed and processed the waste product of feathers amounts to about 2 billion feathers or more. The poultry industry is very interested in reducing their household waste and recycling the feathers for other things. Like what? The clever structure of the feathers means that they are durable, robust and fibrous and therefore could be used to replace other expensive fibrous materials. Insulation, clothing and even diapers could use this waste product from the poultry industry. The more industries that get creative and investigate new ideas the more likely we are to reduce our waste going to landfills.

Pillow Talk in the Backyard

Feathers are actually great for the compost heap. In fact if you have old pillows and duvets that need replacing don’t throw them in the household waste but use these valuable feathers for the garden compost and reduce the household waste going to landfills.

Green Johanna

Green Johanna

If you keep your own chickens, how about recycling the poop? It is nutrient rich and high in nitrogen and your veg garden will love you for it. You can put it straight on your soil after leaving it to age a little or put it in with your household waste that is going in the Green Johanna. You can even make chicken manure ‘tea’ but not for your consumption, only the garden’s. Did that need explaining?

Gardening the Groans away

Gardening the Groans away

All of us, at some point in our life, are expected to have to deal with a bout of depression, illness or trauma. Numerous studies have found however that nature, most likely found in our immediate surroundings such as the garden, can have tremendous positive effects on our thinking, well-being and road to recovery from illness and mental health. So much so that even the process of writing about the natural history around us is becoming a popular way of escaping from the harsh realities of life. It is no wonder we love to garden!

Is the Garden Groaning at Us?

However, one ecologist wrote, even back in the 1800’s, something along the lines of ‘wherever man plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords.’ Is this really true? Unfortunately on a world wide scale the answer is yes, but what about on a personal level? Our garden gives us so much back when we take the time to be in it and cultivate it. Even the soil has healthy bacteria for our benefit.

How to give back to our Garden

Do we recycle our household food waste? If we use a smart food waste digester then we can produce fine soil for the garden to recycle again. If we recycle household waste we are reducing our individual waste that would go to the landfill. We need to stop feeding the earth our household waste in landfills and the earth will keep feeding and healing us

Recycle Household waste, grow Strawberries!

Red Hot Strawberries!

Strawberries have been hotter than the weather this month! With Andy Murray winning Wimbledon for the second time many were celebrating in true style; strawberries and champagne! Strawberries also hit the headlines since Britain left the EU last week but that is another story! The fact remains that our demand for strawberries in the summer time, regardless of the weather, remains high.

Strawberries are best self-served

Nothing is more satisfying than growing strawberries yourself and then picking them from your own garden. Even the novelty of an unusual shaped strawberry does not put us off! We love eating them and feeling even more deeply satisfied with every bite.

Reduce your household waste

Reduce your household waste

Did you know that you do not have to have a garden to grow strawberries and it can even help you reduce your household waste? Plastic bottles are a big problem for landfill sites. With this method you can personally reduce your household waste going to the landfill and recycle the plastic bottles to create something beautiful. Plastic bottle of any size will work and create different looks. The bigger recycled bottles can make amazing hanging baskets and the bottles will actually be hidden. Many smaller bottles used in a row can be recycled to create a feature wall full of strawberries. This is a great way to turn your household waste into something fantastic. Saving landfills from as many plastic bottles as possible can only make those strawberries taste all the more sweet.

Did Coffee or Tea come First?

The British are renowned for their love of tea. According to the Telegraph each Brit drinks an average of 876 cups of tea every year. It feels like tea is intrinsically linked to every aspect of our culture.

Yet when did tea really become part of our culture? Was it really tea that touched our lips first or another beverage? More than ever today we feel we recycle ideas and things come into fashion and out of fashion. Interestingly coffee seems to be growing in popularity and yet it has enjoyed this popularity before. In fact it was coffee that the Brits first enjoyed and it was coffee houses in London that started to introduce tea only in the mid 1700’s. From then onwards tea took over Britain and even influenced our culture. Throughout the years we have recycled tea and come up with things such as Tea Gardens, Tea Shops and Tea Dances and developed a strong love for Tea Cups.

A Storm in a Tea Cup

So are our coffee drinkers actually more British than the average tea drinker? Will coffee re-surface as the British preference? Who knows and it is a brave man who dares to take on this debate.

Reducing your household waste

Reducing your household waste

The good news is that whether you prefer tea or coffee it doesn’t matter when it comes to reducing your household waste. All can recycle the remnants of our tea or coffee along with our food waste recycling. With our fair share of cold wet weather we get through a considerable amount of tea leaves and coffee granules, so let’s not forget to recycle them in your garden with the help of your food waste digester.

A Masterclass in Gourmet Food Waste

The growing food waste is inspiring chefs around the UK to start thinking about the produce they use and more importantly the food that is not getting used and discarded.  A third of the food grown never makes it to our kitchen table and one of the reasons is because of our food regulations and laws. Obviously we need laws to protect our health and well-being but when did that ever justify throwing a whole box of apples in the land fill because one of them happens to be mouldy. An approximate figure of 1.3 billion perfectly good food products are being discarded in landfills due to reasons as simple as this.

These figures have been the incentive that has driven chefs and food lovers to re-think how and where they are getting their food products. When you look at the big picture, the energy, the land and the resources that are all being wasted in producing food that never makes it to the table, it is no surprise they are fighting back with alternative thinking.

So how much does Gourmet Food Waste Cost?

Chefs across Britain have started turning food waste into a tasty dish fit for the restaurant table with a ‘pay as you feel’ price tag.

With thousands of tonnes which is equivalent to 25% of our fruit and veg going to landfills every year, this information will certainly help boost the way we look at our own food and household waste…will we be willing to use our intuitive senses to tell us when food is off, or will we still throw a jar of preserve out when we have noticed the use by date was yesterday?