Hints and tips for doing your bit
If space in your kitchen is at a premium, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to simply throw everything into the same bin and try to forget about it. But recycling can become an effortless task with just a few helpful products.
Make recycling simple in the kitchen by putting a recycling container next to your bin. As much as half of all waste in the average dustbin could be composted, which makes getting a composter a sound investment! The Eddingtons stainless steel compost pail is the ideal place to keep your food waste: it even has carbon filters in the lid to stop unpleasant odours until you empty it. And if you empty your compost out more regularly, the Landsaver caddy is a very affordable option.
Organising recycling can be a real pain, but with a dedicated storage bin to help you out it can become much easier to recycle the right items in the right places. The Brabantia built-in separator is a compact pull-out storage solution that sits within your cabinet. It extends easily and contains 3x 10L bins, making it easy to separate your recycling into sections… And as the bins are removable it's even more effortless to take out the recycling.
If you prefer a sleek look to your kitchen, the Krüshr K600S built-in can crusher and recycling compactor is a fantastic option. In just 30 seconds, your recycling can be crushed to a fifth of its original size. You might even be able to encourage the other members of your household to help out too. And with plenty of safety features, you can rest easy that as well as helping you to contribute to a better environment, the Krüshr is safe to use.
There's no need to keep recycling to the kitchen either - make it a household change. By putting a bin such as the Tontarelli twin recycling pedal bin in your bathroom, it will help to remind you that some toiletries can be recycled. And to make the process even more efficient, why not wash out empty bottles while you're in the shower? Remember to check the grade of plastic you're recycling, and whether your council recycles this grade: the most commonly recycled grades are #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE).
You can also put a magazine rack, such as the John Lewis braided seagrass rack , in your living room. This adds a homely feel to your lounge, while offering a convenient and attractive method of storing your newspapers until they can be recycled. And as recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree, you can really measure your progress!
Finally, combining recycling with the weekly supermarket trip helps to incorporate it into an existing routine, to make for a more effortless and seamless experience when emptying the recycling.
Did you know…
- 1 recycled tin can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours…
- 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials…
- When you recycle paper it can be utilised as loft insulation, for paint and even on airport runways and racetracks
- You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new one
- Five recycled plastic bottles make enough filling to stuff a ski jacket