The UK’s plastic recycling market is not well developed – just 9% of the UK’s plastic waste is recycled within the UK itself, while two thirds is exported for processing overseas.
But the Green Alliance says this could change if secondary markets were developed to support the quantities of plastic waste generated within the UK.
Continue reading Recycled plastic could supply over 70% of UK demand
There are many factors that determine the ‘sustainability’ of an alcoholic beverage, whether it’s a fine wine or a craft ale from a local microbrewery.
There’s the sustainability of the natural resources used – for example, a reliable water supply, or more recently, worries about the continued availability of CO2 for use in carbonisation. Continue reading How to enjoy a sustainable ale
For those of us who are fully immersed in caffeine culture, the morning commute would not be complete without a stop at the local coffee shop – and in a heat wave, it’s no surprise that many java junkies turn to iced coffee as a cooler, more refreshing alternative to a steaming hot brew.
Continue reading Iced coffee: bad for you and the environment?
Some of the UK’s biggest producers of plastic packaging waste have signed up to a new Wrap-led initiative to eliminate single-use plastics as early as 2025.
The move comes in response to concerns about discarded drinks bottles and other plastic waste entering the environment not only in the UK, but all over the world, from deserted islands to floating collections of plastic waste where ocean currents meet.
Continue reading Everything you need to know about plastic bottle recycling
Domestic skip hire is an essential way to get rid of waste materials when carrying out home refurbishments, and of course on a larger scale, commercial skip hire has the same purpose when renovating large residential blocks, office spaces and other premises.
But there’s an important point to remember, and that is that plasterboard should never be put in a hired skip as part of mixed building waste – and in many cases, skip hire companies will not collect it at all.
Continue reading Why can’t you put plasterboard in a skip?
Knowing how to choose the right size of skip is a useful first step when arranging your skip hire – we’re happy to help if you’re not sure, but ultimately it’s your decision which skip to hire, and it doesn’t have to be an overly difficult decision.
But it’s worth remembering that the right size of skip to hire is not based solely on how much waste you will generate during the work you carry out, but can also depend on the types of waste you need to dispose of, how bulky and heavy it is, and if it is restricted from disposal via skip.
Continue reading How to know what size skip you need
There are plenty of ways how to become self-sufficient, and they don’t all involve going ‘off grid’ or living on an island in a lake – although that is an option if you want to completely remove yourself from modern society.
As a starting point though, more and more of us are already becoming self-sufficient in individual ways, for example by growing our own food, or installing renewable power sources.
Everyone can do something to become more self-sufficient, and it doesn’t have to have a major impact on your lifestyle – here are a few options to consider.
Continue reading Tips for becoming self-sufficient
While most people would probably agree that renewable energy makes more sense in the long-term than depleting the planet’s fossil fuel reserves, not everybody is happy with a wind farm or solar panel array in direct line of sight from their kitchen window.
Continue reading Is the public changing its mind over renewables?
The EU General Data Protection Regulation, better known as GDPR, comes into force on May 25th 2018 and imposes new rules on the way companies manage private individuals’ data, along with stiff penalties for data breaches.
Continue reading Will GDPR force businesses to recycle e-waste?
The start of spring is the time to get your garden sorted out, as annuals and perennials start to reappear and the warmer weather makes it easier to work with soil that is no longer frozen.
Continue reading Tips for creating an eco garden