When I was back at school the three R’s were Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. It’s a wonder we ever learnt anything at all! Of course nowadays, it’s all about protecting our environment and they stand for Reduce, Re-use and Recycle. (at least the R’s are in the right place!)
With the new levy on paying for your shopping bags from large retailers has made me think even more about how green I am. I did think I was pretty good, I use my recycling bins for all my waste paper, card, plastic, glass and tin. I put my waste food in my compost bin. I never leave taps running unnecessarily and I am careful with my energy use in the home.
However, I did use a lot of little plastic carrier bags for my shopping. On average I’d use 15 per shop! The ones that arrived home safely were stored safely away in my cupboard for another use. I did use many of them as bin liners, for taking things somewhere else or for storing things. In all I’d probably re-use about 50% of them. So, yes, I have a cupboard full of bags that I never remember to take back to the shop.
Did you know that in 2013, 8 billion carrier bags were given out in the UK, this is 130 bags per person (or more than 700 for me!) That’s 57,000 tonnes a year! For more facts about recycling see here how you can save £11.30 a day as well as the environment we live in.
With the new levy I decided to invest in some strong bags, I bought five on my last shop and was surprised that I managed to fit all my shopping inside. That’s only a third of the bags I used to use and they came home strong enough to use again and again. I’ve stored them in the car so I don’t forget to take them.
I believe I’ve found a way of reducing my carbon footprint even more.
How green are you? How have you found shopping since the new levy was introduced?
4imprint has a range of reusable and recycled products that could help you and your friends reduce your carbon footprint. They have kindly offered to provide my kids school with some of their fabulous Polo Shirts in return for my help in spreading this important message.