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Top recycling tips for Zero Waste Week

by: Jana on 31st Aug, 2019

Top recycling tips for Zero Waste Week


At home

Ditch the wet wipes, cut up old sheets or use flannels that can be washed or reused

Switch to a bamboo toothbrush with a biodegradable handle

Make your own beauty products, search online for recipes such as a body exfoliator made

Use eco period products like a menstrual cup or period panties

Try real cloth nappies, get a £54 voucher from Hackney Council to get started

Make your own cleaning products - use white vinegar, baking soda, oils and water

Eating and drinking at home

Ditch the crisp packet, bring your own snacks like nuts out with you in a reusable container

Make your own lunch, save money and reduce plastic packaging

Bake your own treats like flapjacks to cut out sweet wrappers which can’t be recycled

Store in jars, buy sundries like rice and spices loose and keep in jars

Regrow kitchen scraps like potatoes and herbs

Ditch the cling film, use a container

Switch up the plastic shower gel bottles to a bar of soap

Switch from non-compostable tea bags to loose leaf tea

Use a food waste bin and start recycling your food waste

Start composting at home, order a subsidised compost bin from Hackney Council

Switch from single use tissues to cloth handkerchiefs that can be washed and reused

Reusing and repairing

Donate unwanted goods to charity or put on online sharing sites like freecycle

Repair your clothes don’t throw them away

Visit a cobbler, get your old shoes re heeled

Fix your household items, check the map for your nearest repair shop or attend a Hackney Fixers event


Out and about

Say no to plastic freebies

Buy loose, visit local markets to buy your fruit and veg loose in a paper bag, or bring along your own string bag

Order a junk mail pack to reduce unwanted flyers

Avoid single use plastics, like straws and drinking cups

Take out a reusable coffee cup

Take a reusable water bottle out and about

Carry a spork, a cloth napkin and a lightweight tupperware to avoid single use plastics

Get a library card and support the sharing economy

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