Recycle your pens at Ryman’s

At last there’s a place you can take your old pens for recycling — to that staple of the high street, Ryman Stationers. Here’s the pen recycling bin at their shop on Chiswick High Road, London W4. So, thanks to Ryman, yet more plastic will be kept out of landfill.

In other good recycling news, Superdrug has bins for empty blister packs.

Design Museum exhibition focuses on how designers are transforming waste into valuable resources

Last chance to see: Special Offer

THE DESIGN MUSEUM – WASTE AGE: WHAT CAN DESIGN DO?

UNTIL 20 FEBRUARY 2022

The Design Museum presents waste as the defining material of our age with Waste Age: What Can Design Do? 

Discover how designers are envisioning a cleaner tomorrow by transforming waste into valuable resources and adopting reclaimed, renewable materials to reimagine everyday objects and their lifecycles – from clothing, chairs and bricks to buildings, algae dresses to edible cups. Visitors are invited to reflect on how design can be crucial to creating the positive changes we urgently need to fight the issue of waste. 

Book now with a 25% discount with the code WasteAgeMemberOffer for Waste Age on adult tickets.

(Offer excludes Saturdays and last week – w/c 14 February.)

The Design Museum is located at 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG. https://designmuseum.org/

Opening times:

10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday – Thursday)
10.00 – 21.00 (Friday – Saturday)

Free webinars on packaging extended producer responsibility, deposit return and collection consistency consultations

Major government consultations are expected imminently on UK-wide packaging extended producer responsibility, a deposit return scheme for beverage containers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and consistency in household and business recycling collections in England.

Organisations including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), INCPEN, Environmental Services Association (ESA) and WRAP UK are working in partnership to support a series of free and open-to-all webinars to ensure that stakeholders across the resources, waste and packaging/retail supply chains can gain an early understanding of these important consultations. To register your interest in one or more of these events, please follow the appropriate link:

New campaign uses ‘mesmerising cat’ to promote recycling of electricals

The Recycle Your Electricals Campaign has unleashed HypnoCat, a pink fluffy feline that uses its hypnotic superpowers to persuade people to recycle their electricals rather than binning them.  His pink coat reflects the designated  colour for electrical recycling.

The campaign has been launched in response to the UK’s surge in clearing out during the coronavirus lockdown. It was initially rolled out on paid social media and radio in four locations across the UK: Bristol, Bath and North Somerset; Tyneside and Newcastle; Edinburgh and Falkirk; and Norwich. Continue reading

Looking for plastic-free tea bags? Check out this list

The Independent newspaper recently published a list of plastic-free tea bags. Here are its picks:

Abel & Cole Indubitably Excellent Organic Earl Grey (The Independent‘s top pick)
Brew Tea Company Earl Grey
Clipper Organic Tea
Hampstead Tea Whole Leaf Home Compostable Pyramids
We Are Tea English Breakfast Tea
Eteaket Royal Earl Grey Tea Bags
Nemi Tea Green Tea
T2 French Earl Grey Teabag Gift Cube
Roqberry
Pukka Herbs
Good & Proper Tea
Twinings Loose Leaf Pyramid Bag
Teapigs Everyday Brea Tea Bags

To read the whole article, click here.

Know Your Plastic aims to raise awareness of which types of plastic can be recycled

Recycle for London (RfL), as part of its London Recycles campaign, has launched Know Your Plastic, an initiative to help people understand which plastic items can be recycled at home. It features short, quirky videos on social media supported by detailed information on a dedicated web page.

The campaign is being shared by Hounslow Council, which wants to help residents understand what can and cannot be accepted for recycling. Continue reading

Walkers aiming for environmentally friendly crisp packets by 2025

Walkers Crisps has pledged to make all its packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. In the meantime, the company has partnered with recyclers TerraCycle to make it easier to recycle its crisp packets and thereby reduce its impact on the environment.

There are a number of collection points throughout the UK for the packs, which must be clean and empty. If there isn’t a collection point near you, Walkers can arrange for a courier to collect your packets free of charge, or you can take them to your nearest courier drop-off point. You’ll need at least 400 packets, so it’s best to club together with family, friends and colleagues.

For more information, click here.