Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Rubbish from A to Z - B
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Rubbish from A to Z
In this series of blogs, we’re going to look at rubbish. From the good, to the bad and downright ugly, we’ll be looking at everything you ever wanted to know, from A right down to Z.
B is for Biodegradable
In this blog, we’re going to have a look at biodegradable and recyclable packaging.
Packaging is everywhere in some form or another, and with the growth of services like online shopping, more and more packaging waste is being created. If packaging is made from materials that can’t be recycled or reused, it ends up in landfill, or even worse, it finds its way into the environment. Because it can take an age to decompose (if it ever does), it can cause considerable harm to the environment and to wildlife. This is why it’s so important that we look for biodegradable and recyclable alternatives to these materials.
Examples of biodegradable and recyclable packaging material
Paper and cardboard – It’s reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and widely available. The good news is that packaging manufacturers are now creating a lot of their packaging products from recycled paper and card.
Corn starch – This is completely biodegradable and it’s ideal for food packaging as it doesn’t contain any nasties that could leach into products. It’s also a good option for making packaging peanuts that cushion items during transit.
Biodegradable plastic – This is being increasingly used in some products like plastic bags and larger envelopes that are used for bulk mailing. Biodegradable plastic starts to decompose when it’s exposed to daylight and it’s a viable alternative to non-recyclable plastics.
Biodegradable and recyclable packaging you can make at home
- Use shredded newspaper and magazines to protect items when you send them through the post or when you store them. Paper is biodegradable and recyclable.
- Keep tubs from foods like ice cream. You can use them for storing things or as makeshift packed lunch boxes. Anything that saves packaging from landfill and reduces your reliance on disposable or single-use packaging is a good thing!
- Be strategic with gift bags and boxes. Buy things that you know could be reused in the future. It’s kinder to the environment and on your pocket.
- Always think before you throw. That cardboard box or plastic tub can be reused, and having things like that around the house or in the loft or garage always comes in handy.