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Anyone out there want to subscribe to my blog? Desperate to read my posts as they steam… hot off the press I mean? Well now you can. Finally got an E mail subscription plugin thats free, easy to use and set up.

So here’s your chance to sign up. Please do -would love to have you aboard..

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Facebook

Facebook groupf eaturedI have 2 Facebook pages which  highlight the problems of plastic pollution and the people tackling it and a  group for chatting sharing and hanging out with like minded plasticless folk.

Please do feel free to join me at any or even all (keen!). I would love to have you along Here is a quick intro followed by more detailed note.

  • Plastic Is Rubbish–  group, join, share, rant, post. A resource for plastic less living.
  • Planet Trash – A page of images showing  plastic pollution the world over and the biggest list of anti plastic groups on Facebook. If you want to be on it, contact me there. Read more here.
  • Plastic Free U.K. – linked to the U.K. plastic free directory. This page is linked to the U.K. plastic free directory, a list of U.K  groups, people, organisations, businesses and individuals interested in tackling the consequent problems of our misuse of plastic. If you have a project please send a write up so we can feature it.

Instagram Also got me an Instagram account which I now almost understand..

Pinterest Love it – people there are so creative. Loads of really useful ideas and pictures of lovely #plasticfree products.

Twitter Natch!

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You can read more about plugins here.

The above plugin is called Email Subscribers & Newsletters and is by Store Apps.  It makes my longterm plan of ditching Jetpack a little bit more achievable.

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Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Index

Sustainable Clothes 

Find our sustainable criteria for buying or making clothes in the  clothing manifesto

Wearing Plastic Free

plastic in ready made clothes

Guide to synthetic, regenerated, combination and natural fibres.
why I prefer natural fabrics over synthetics here.

Fabric
on line suppliers
Local fabric shops.
British made Fabric
Regenerated Fibres & fabrics  a very basic introduction
Kinds Of fabric – my ongoing experiences with cloth.

Sewing My Own

The only way I can afford fair trade organic clothes is make them myself. And I get to support local fabric shops which is very important to me. As is buying U.K. made fabrics.

How to sew plastic free

Sewing Supplies

See The clothes I have made here

How Much To Buy – Fair Share Fabric Project

Ones mans sustainable amount is anothers nothing to wear. So I have decided to use only my global share of fibres and they have to be sustainably sourced. Whats a global share? Share out all that is made by all the people on the planet and it works out, (very roughly), at 11.74 kg per person of which 3.8 kg is natural fibres. As I don’t like synthetics I try to stick to 3.8 kg of natural fibres.

Introduction and yearly synopsis

My share of fabric Working out the figures

What’s in my wardrobe – from  2014 -2015 in detail

Fabrics used in 2016 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden index

Gardening is such a joy. Even more so when it’s plastic free

Don’t have a garden? Nothing to stop you from growing some herbs even a few lettuces on your window sill. Don’t have a window sill? We have found some seed grenades for that derelict bit of land by the canal that has been bugging you for ages.

So no more excuses – come and hang out in our virtual potting shed for a while.

Garden index

Gardening is such a joy. Even more so when it's plastic free Don't have a garden? Nothing to stop you ...
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Seeds in a clay grenade!

Flower Grenades throw a seed bomb for an explosion of flowers in derelict places Take action in the green revolution ...
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Seed – harvested

This one means planning ahead and the packaging may not be plastic free - you will have to check with ...
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Seeds

It is hard to find plastic free seeds. They are usually sold in waterproof plastic lined foil or plastic lined ...
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Seed Compost from Autumn Leaves

Want to make your own plastic-free compost for growing seeds in? Using only this years fallen leaves? OK its not ...
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Pet bowls biodegradable

For the plastic free pooch in your life, a biodegradable plastic food bowl! "Eco-friendly and functional, Becothings are tough and ...
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Dog poop bags and composting waste

This is something I really hate …. plastic bags of dog @*%! hanging from the bushes. But then plastic bags ...
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Secateurs

The  cutters of I use are from Joseph Bently I bought this set from TK Max– steel and wood tools with minimal ...
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Bird Food

Feeding the birds can be a plasticky business but not for us happy Huddersfield folk. Up at Earnshaws saw mill, ...
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Watering Cans for young and old (and rich)

Take a look at this beauty - my  galvanised watering can with removable brass rose. Looks good and lasts forever ...
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Plant Labels

Busy digging over the garden and planting up next years crop in the allotment and I find myself: Turning over ...
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Seed pots homemade

Flimsy plastic seedling trays are an abomination. A couple of uses and the are fit for the bin. What a ...
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Plant Pots Compostable

Took this form a very interesting article here. I will be looking into them more closely in the future Low-‘e’ ...
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Buy

One of the real joys of buying #plasticfree is sourcing the stuff in local shops. The excitement when you see milk in glass bottle in the newsagents is beyond words.

However sometime you have to buy on line. Most of the products featured have an online option to buy. Though we try to link with business we know we cannot always do this. Then we try to find a similar product on Amazon.

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.

Apollo Gardening 9L Traditional Galvanised Metal Watering Can 5L GALVANISED WATERING CAN. 5 LITRE CAPACITY. COMES WITH ROSE. TWO HANDLES. NEW
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£13.75
5L GALVANISED WATERING CAN. 5 LITRE CAPACIT…
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Haws Metal Watering Can Rose with Screw Thread Haws No 4 Brass Watering Can Rose Garden Angels Children's Watering Can Pink or Blue Retro Metal Can Fast Postage
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Haws No 4 Brass Watering Can Rose
£12.15
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£7.55
Tongue Depressor, 6-inch, 11/16 No Splinter, Birch, NonSterile (Pack of 100) Karter Scientific 212T2 Paper Pot Maker & Accessories Gift Set - Great Gardeners Gift Giant Paper Potter
Tongue Depressor, 6-inch, 11/16 No Splinter…
£4.99
Paper Pot Maker & Accessories Gift Set …
£11.99
Giant Paper Potter
£11.00
Eco-Bags Products, Produce & Bulk Bags, 3 Bags Spear & Jackson Traditional Children's Spade Garden angels Carbon steel garden hand trowel
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Garden Angels 3 Piece Children\'s Hand Tool Set Seed Pantry Chilli Seeds Starter Pack Seed Trays - Set of 3 Traditional Quality Wooden Seedling Trays - Ideal Gardening Gift
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Almost plastic free chills
Seed Trays – Set of 3 Traditional Quality W…
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Garden XP Biodegradable Flower Pots Blackwall Twin Pack Bokashi Bin Fair Trade Coir Compost Block
Garden XP Biodegradable Flower Pots
£6.23
Blackwall Twin Pack Bokashi Bin
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Fair Trade Coir Compost Block
£
Draper 45317 210 mm Bypass-Pattern Secateurs with Wooden Handles Bypass secateurs with ash wood handles 8" PROFESSIONAL STAINLESS STEEL,WOODEN HANDLE SECATEUR/PRUINER,CURVED BLADE
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£13.93
8″ PROFESSIONAL STAINLESS STEEL,WOODEN HAND…
£8.99
Pruning Shears - Titanium Bypass Hand Pruners - Ideal Garden Shears & Clippers for Trimming Branches, Hedges, Orchards, Bushes & General Tree Trimmer - All Metal Forged Professional Secateurs - Quality Ergonomic Gardening Tools Guaranteed. Razorsharp Professional 6959BS Spear and Jackson Heavy Duty Bypass Secateurs with Ergonomic Handles ORGANIC PLANT FOOD MAKER In Stainless Steel by Burgon and Ball
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£106.72
Razorsharp Professional 6959BS Spear and Ja…
£25.99
ORGANIC PLANT FOOD MAKER In Stainless Steel…
£30.00
Wildflower Seed Balls - Oxeye Daisy Wildflower Seed Balls - Poppy Wildflower Seed Balls - Bee Mix
Wildflower Seed Balls – Oxeye Daisy
£4.99
Wildflower Seed Balls – Poppy
£4.99
Wildflower Seed Balls – Bee Mix
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No more twitter shares

My blog has always had “moments”. Sometimes it posts older versions of an article, once all the links stopped working, it often collapses sobbing loudly. In short it’s kind of moody. Add to that user error, (I am no computer whizz), and you get a sporadic performance. But these issues tend to resolve themselves. So when it stopped showing my Twitters shares I didn’t respond.

But it dragged on so I finally called in Doctor Google. It seems that from Friday, 20th November 2015, Twitter stopped showing the share count figure on their buttons “along with the associated API used to retrieve it.” No idea what an associated API is but the result is that you can no longer see how many times an article has been shared on Twitter.

Are Shares Important

Well according to this article, Facebook think so. They quote Will Cathcart, Facebook News Feed Director, who says the ‘most powerful determinants of whether a post is shown in the feed’ include:
How popular (Liked, commented on, shared, clicked) the post creator’s past posts are
How popular the current post is with everyone who has already seen it.

And I liked them too. I know popularity can be manipulated by strategic sharing and computer programs but that is unlikely to happen with a small blog like mine. I believe that my Twitter shares were genuine. And that they showed what subjects were important to people.

You can read more about Twitter’s reasons here. And, as I understand it, you can still buy share data from Gnip, Twitter’s data arm.

But which small blog wants to, or needs to pay for that kind of info? If you really need to know, Buzzsumo will do it for free. They have developed an app to sit on your tool bar that tells you how many times a post has been tweeted, and a lot of other interesting stats. You have to register of course and it only works with certain servers. Chrome is one. If you are desperate this might work for you.

Sadly it only works for you and no one else can see how popular your posts are. I think that is a shame.

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How to make it yourself plastic-free

There comes a point when living plastic-free  means making stuff. Sometime you just cannot buy what you want and so your only option is to get all Blue Peter, source the ingredients and actually produce something. Turns out it’s quite fun and not that hard! Here are some of the skills I have mastered..erm….sort of ….maybe.

Sew

Making your own clothes is probably the only way to get them totally plastic-free. Plus the only way I can afford fair trade organic clothes is make them myself. And I get to support local fabric shops
Links
How & why  to sew plastic-free here
Fabric & Sewing Supplies

Cookbook

Who knew? Baking – it’s not that bad!  Check out the plastic free cook book here

Making Make Up

Its quicker then  trying to choose between a hundred different shampoos and it’s really simple, fun to do, so much cheaper  and  I get to control what goes on my  body, where it comes from and what environmental impact it has.

See all our homemade lotions, toothpaste, fake tan & the rest.  

Ingredients

An introduction to some of the stuff you need to make the above

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Cut Plastic

Want to live plastic free…. or at least massively reduce your plastic footprint? Here are a whole load of plastic free products sourced and used by us as part of our boycott.  While we are happy to try out new products if sent to us, we work for no one and say only what we believe to be true. 

Live Free

Start here with some superfast ways to cut your plastic trash
Sneaky Plastics – but beware of these plastics in places you might not have known about

Plastic Free Products

The easiest way to find a #plasticfree alternative in our huge database of products is to use the search function (#grandmothersuckeggs!) However we have also organised them by category and task. There is even an A to Z index as shown below.

By Category

Everything from food to watering cans to clothes

By Task 

Want to know how to wash the pots, throw a party or sew #plasticfree. Check out these posts organised by task! 
A to z of plastic free – all products sourced organised alphabetically

Buy shops local and online shops

 

Lifestyle 

Make sometimes you just have to make it yourself! With #plasticfree scissors. Crafts and materials.

Composting – it’s the future of rubbish

Travel – how we travel the world plastic free

Links
Links, People & Organisations
Good to Know Information about science, green issues and other related subjects that impact on the plastic debate.

Wrong Place?

Try another chapter….
Welcome a quick introduction to everything
About Plastic  everything you need to know about plastic and somethings you wish you didn’t
Bad Plastic – why you need to cut your plastic consumption
Cut plastic – how to cut unnecessary plastic out of your life & meet the other people doing it.
Links & Projects –links to other plastic free people, the U.K. directory and out other projects
Us & The Boycott –About us the blog and the boycott rules
Site Map

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Travel Notes

Some note on plastic free travel….

Why Plastic Free Travel?

So why travel plastic-free? It’s not always easy, you have to carry a years supply of sun block and home made tooth powder looks just like drugs making border crossing stressful. You can find out why do we do it and our top plastic free travel tips here.

Plastic Free Places 

Need to know where to buy bio bags in Helsinki? Want to know where to refill your water bottle in Jaipur? You might find the answer here. These are posts about our plastic-free travels. They go back a number of years so some of this info may now be out of date
but it’s a start, right? Outside the U.K.

Travel Blog

Where the pack are we. Read Our Travel Blog  to find out where we are and what we are up to.

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At last – welcome…..

Welcome to the new year, new look blog Yes I am behind schedule but the last 12 months have been busy.

For a start I moved to a proper hosted dot com site. That took up a whole load of time. I had to learn about domains, hosting and buying a theme. Then work out how to use the theme which meant watching my blog disintegrate into a blur of techno babble on a depressingly regular basis. Later I got into designing logos and tackling the gimp graphic package.

It was a sharp learning curve but extremely addictive. Too addictive. I have to call it done. While it’s not perfect and there are glitches to be ironed out I am going to put my mouse down and say

WELCOME TO THE NEW BLOG. Drum roll and a big flourish.

Go ahead and browse my features. My favorites are

Nice!

More Than Design

But last year wasn’t all geeking. I was delighted to be a Zero Waste Ambassador, take part in Plastic Free July and partner Waste Less Live More Week. Plus go to the Observer Green Awards where I met up with a load of online buddies and be childish about Colin Firth.

All this while traveling round the U.K. in a van. Which meant I got to track down more Weigh & Save shops, discovered Whole Food Markets and had that there Karen Cannard in the back of the van.That doesn’t sound quite right…..

However I do feel that the blogging side has suffered. Due to the move, a lot of posts have been shifted about and reposted. Apologies to anyone subscribing by email and thanks for sticking with me. Next year there will be a reduction in the number of posts in your inbox and an increase in quality – I hope!

Eat My Stats

To see how big our blog is you can read up on our hits and hopes here

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Twitter Hashtags

Here are some hashtags you might like to explore!

Twitter Tags

 – new tag on the blogs – for stupidly overpacked items

 i.e not disposables which we would like to

 … YES!!!!

#plasticfree

#plasticshaming – for particularly gross plastic products

#PfreeUK – the tag for the directory of plasticless/free projects, businesesse & other aware bodies based in the UK.

#plastic

#singleuseplastic

#plasticpollution

#unpackaged

#noplastic

#pfjuk – plastic free July U.K. related subjects.

And if you want to mange your Twitter lists quickly and efficiently, try this free app 

#Plasticfree – a proviso for the picky

I describe myself as a plastic- refusnik, a boycotter or plastic free. But I have never been happy with any of those labels. I am not plastic free. I live in a house with plastic cabling, I work on my plastic computer until I put on my plastic coat to go out in the rain. I have a relationship with my Dyson that is almost love.

Nor would I aspire to be plastic free. Plastic is a great product that has changed the world for the better.

It is the misuse of plastic that I am campaigning against not the product itself. So yes I refuse a lot of trashy plastic, I boycott abused plastic, but plastic- free? No certainly not. It was Michelles tag, being PALL ( plastic a lot less) that summed it up for me. That is exactly what we, the plastic avoiders are, plastic-less.

Michelle has been plasticless for a longtime now – and she can help you go plasticless too. Find out more about Michelle, and being PALL here.

But I still use the #plasticfree hashtag because I have used for so long.

 

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Disposing Of Plastic

In this post you can read about the many ways we dispose of plastic.
Most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here…
which  makes it difficult to dispose of.

There are no natural processes in place that can absorb non biodegradable  plastic back into the biological cycle. It cannot be composted or left to rot where it is dropped or dumped like organic rubbish. Read more about the plastic lifespan here.

Most plastic lasts  for decades, maybe centuries, possibly for ever.

WHICH MEANS that every bit of plastic created has to be collected up and specially treated. All of these processes are time-consuming and so expensive.

Main methods are
Landfill
Recycling and Reusing
Incineration & Waste to Energy –
Gasification
Pyrolysis
Thermal depolymerization

Landfill

Just A big hole that we fill with rubbish. The theory was that waste would slowly biodegrade. Plastics do not biodegrade so once in a landfill it will sit there forever. That said turns out that a lot of rubbish in landfill sites do not biodegrade. William Rathje, of the University of Arizona, excavates landfill sites and  has found  newspapers printed in the 1950s that could still be read. Consequently the landfill is rapidly filling up.

Recycling and Reusing 

Let’s be clear about this recycling is just a more responsible form of waste management. That stuff in your recycle bin is still rubbish and has to be dealt with the attendant environmental and financial costs. While recycling may offset these costs it is still expensive. Moreover recycling does not address the main issue of misusing plastic and stupidly using it to make one use throwaway items.

With that in mind lets look at plastic recycling.

Incineration & Waste to Energy –

Incinerating plastic which means burning it.  At best this adds to global warming and at worst releases dioxins on of the most carcinogens known.  Sometimes using the heat created is used to generate electricity which offsets the cost of waste disposal.
N.B. only offsets!

Other Plastic To Energy Processes

Technofix – updates on the latest ways to sort it out

Plastic Waste & The Poor

As noted all the above are expensive. They require special treatment facilities, a decent infrastructure of roads and a reliable rubbish collection service. Theses facilities are often not available to poorer communities, certainly not those based in the more remote parts of the world.  They have two methods of plastic waste disposal

Burning plastic – On open fires could be safe or it could kill you – depends on the plastic  Find out more here

Dumping  –  on the outskirts of town, a major cause of plastic pollution and potential death for  animals who forage there.
Read about plastic and animals here

And more about the other problems with plastic here….

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Useful to know…

Going plastic free means you need to know so much more about the basic stuff that you use, what it is, where is it from and even some chemistry – urk!

So here are links to  information about science, green issues and other related subjects that impact on the plastic debate. Plus a look at the alternative products being touted and thoughts on how better they actually are.

You can find them listed below. They have also been filed under the following headings.

Definitions   Plastic related terms you will come across in your quest to be plastic-free and understand synthetic polymers

Good To Know – what is a chemical? Is all alcohol the same? The difference between antiseptics and disinfectants? All explained here….

About The Alternatives – discussing alternative products to the now standard plasticfare including the raw materials needed to make your own plastic free products

The Rest – general greenery and chitchattery

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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here… However these plastics ...
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Essential oils have gone from being an obscure aspect of botany to an all round marketing  ‘good thing’.  Almost every ...
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Last week our U.K. tour took us through Bury St Edmunds which pleased me more than I can say. Why the ...
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N.B.

I have no wish to add to the massive amounts of misinformation out there. Please note I am no chemist, I know nothing of the sciences. Much of the information here has been gleaned from the unreliable Google Mines and filtered through my total ignorance. I think it’s correct. If It’s not please do tell me.

 

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Recycling & Reusing Plastic – an introduction

This post is an introduction to recycling and reusing plastic non-biodegradable plastic at end of life. (also see Plastic Lifespan and Disposing Of Plastic ).

They include
Recycling
Transformation
Reuse

Recycling, Transforming & Reusing Plastic

Introduction.

What does recycling mean? Seems a simple enough question but I have seen the term recycled plastic used for everything from the mechanical melting down of waste plastic  to make a new products, to crafting lampshades out of milk bottles. Rather more controversially, it is also used to describe the process of burning plastic trash in waste incinerators and using the heat to produce electricity. The argument being that the plastic trash is recycled as electricity.

In the USA, Recycling is defined as “Using waste as material to manufacture a new product. Recycling involves altering the physical form of an object or material and making a new object from the altered material.” Burning is called Transformation, which “refers to incineration, pyrolysis, distillation, or biological conversion other than composting.” They are very different things.” As quoted from Treehugger
You  can add to that
Reuse – when the original product is reused in a different way.
Recrafted or upcycling is the cottage industry version of the above.

N.B. Let’s be clear about this recycling is just a more responsible form of waste management. That stuff in your recycle bin is still rubbish and has to be dealt with the attendant environmental and financial costs. While recycling may offset these costs it is still expensive. Moreover recycling does not address the main issue of misusing plastic and stupidly using it to make one use throwaway items. The best waste is no waste.

Recycling Plastic

Resin identification code 2 ♴ for high density...

Recycling is altering the physical form of an object or material and making a new object from the altered material.

There are many different types of plastic. It is important to know what they are when recycling.  Most plastics are marked with a plastic code  or a number identifying the type of plastic. This information is used by recyclers.
Mechanical Recycling – very simply, consists of melting down the old plastic and using it to make new products.

Chemical recycling where plastics are actually dissolved back into their original chemical components. These are then cleaned up and reused to make new plastics 

Recycling in the U.K.

Recycled Plastic Products can be found here 5.21 Recycled Plastic Products

Transformation 

Plastic to Energy 5.4 plastic To energy

Reuse & Recrafting Waste Plastic

Reuse when the original product is reused in a different way. Like shredding trainers down into playing field surfacing. Find some great ideas over here 5.4 Plastic trash reused

Recrafted or upcycling is the cottage industry version of the above. Have a look at what these talented folk have done over in the arty crafty part of this blog   2.2 Plastic Crafts and check out my PINTEREST board. Lovely but by no means the answer.

Recycling is greenwashing ?

The focus of this blog is the plastic rubbish created by our addiction to disposable products. As a result I sometimes sound dismissive of recycling. While it certainly has a role to play, and is better then the alternative ways of disposing of plastic, it IS NOT solution for overconsumption of plastic. Recycling does not address the main issue of misusing plastic and stupidly using it to make one use throwaway items. Just because a product can be recycled (or upcycled), is no reason to create plastic rubbish.

Recycling and Reusing waste plastic – a discussion

The best response to plastic trash is to  REFUSE IT and find a compostable alternative.

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