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With My Waste Free Home – making your home as waste free as you want it to be – I have to watch what I purchase seeing as I no longer have a waste company collecting my trash. I usually shop in Tesco as it is the closest store to me and sells all my favourite brands such as Ecover & Glenesk, and their fish counter is pretty good. Well, this has all changed as when I am now shopping I look at the Recycling Labels on EVERYTHING I put in my basket. I need to know this information to be one step ahead and know where I will be putting the end of life packaging. Well Tesco are crap at giving me the information I need to be able to dispose of packaging correctly – their own products have little or no information and to be honest majority of big brands just don’t include this information either!

With My Waste Free Home – if you choose to reduce your waste bills by up to 90% and share a communal waste bin with your neighbours and recycle and compost the majority of your waste. The web site will give you all the information you will need and even a list of products – what they are made from and how to recycle them. I will also be giving information emails that you can copy and paste and will help put pressure on retailers and companies to 1. Label Correctly to ensure packaging is recycled where it can be and 2. If the packaging is just too over the top you can let the company know you feel this way and 3. Why they are not using packaging that CAN BE recycled????

I know it will shake up a lot of things in Ireland and hopefully pave the way for a more logical waste solution that gives people a greater choice. I am finding I have changed my shopping habits greatly buying more fruit and veg locally to reduce the dreaded non recyclable packaging. Shifted totally away from Tesco as I read all about their clubcard and didn’t like what I read…You can read my findings here. I just pop in for the few bits that I need there and pop quickly back out again. I am loving my local Lidl as their products have clear recycling labels and this gives me the understanding that yes as a whole, their company is much more involved in sustainability – their stores are smaller – they have a more European feel to them and I like that.

My Waste Free Home is still being implemented in my home and I am getting the whole concept together with the relevant bodies behind it – then the big launch will happen – in the mean time if you want any information be sure and email me claire@clairelewis.ie πŸ™‚


My feelings on recycle symbols are of sheer frustration and confusion that the manufacturing industry cannot get it together and use a UNIVERSAL CODE for RECYCLING. The way things are you would need a science degree to understand and follow the recycling symbols to maximise optimum recycling and efficiency. I have decided to do up some blogs explaining what each symbol means and to bring greater awareness to the items that MUST be checked with your bin company or local authority recycling centres before they can be recycled.

I am getting ready to start My Waste Free Home – where I will be sorting and processing all of my domestic waste on site so my waste bin will be but out to pasture! I want to do this to ensure all of my waste ends up in the best possible place and not in a landfill. I will also be making compost which can be reused in my garden. The recyclables will be recycled for free at my local authority recycling centre. If you would like to learn more and keep up to date with my progress and findings please Follow my blog and LIKE the Facebook page here.

The challenge for you all is to check the Recycling Symbols in the packaging whilst in the supermarket doing the weekly shop. You might be surprised at the amount of packaging that cannot be recycled but you put it into the recycling bin regardless.

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The first Symbol that I want to highlight is The Green Dot.

The Green Dot logo merely indicates that a company has joined the Green Dot scheme, and not necessarily that the package is fully recyclable. The logo is often confused with theΒ recyclingΒ logo.

The basic idea of the Green Dot is that consumers who see the logo know that the manufacturer of the product contributes to the cost of recovery and recycling. This can be with household waste collected by the authorities (e.g. in special bags – in Germany these are yellow), or in containers in public places such as car parks and outside supermarkets.

In simple terms, the system encourages manufacturers to cut down on packaging as this saves them the cost of licence fees.

Useful Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Dot_(symbol)

http://www.recyclemore.ie/recycling_symbols

http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/home-improvements/guides/your-essential-recycling-guide/recycling-symbols/


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How on earth did we end up living in a world where the product is, majority of the time,Β worth LESS than the packaging.

Ever wake up Christmas morning searching for your screwdriver or wire cutters to free Barbie and her pals from her packaging?

Why do we allow this?

Why do we get sucked in and get FOOLED by packaging?

Why do companies think this is OK?

I would call on governments and companies to share the amount of money the customer is spending on the packaging? Big and Bold telling the customer how much the packaging they are buying because they have no choice actually costs…..I bet in a jiffy we will revert back to the old school way of purchasing items WITHOUT all of the excess wasteful packaging.

What do you guys think?

Useful links:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/spelman-plans-to-get-tough-on-toy-packaging-and-recycling-2000525.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/12618/why-toy-packaging-so-difficult-open

http://thepeoplesdesignlab.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Toy-packaging/454223-23010

http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/environment/waste_management/l21207_en.htm

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/january/shopping/product-packaging/overview/product-packaging-ov.htm

http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/stories/5-ways-to-fight-retail-overpackaging