Recycling Labels Explained [Visual]

According to a BBC poll, 47% of people report having arguments about what types of plastic can be recycled. The reason for the confusion? There are seven different types of plastic packaging and some are recycled more often than others. Also, due to funding and resources available, each local authority collects and processes recycling waste in different ways.

We’re all used to seeing the 3 arrows in a circular icon (♻️). This is called the mobius loop, and while you might think that this is an indication that the item can be popped in your recycling bin, you’d be wrong. It only means that it could be recycled, but whether that can happen depends on the services your council supply. It’s also worth noting that this symbol is unregulated throughout the industry, meaning that anyone can use it. Which begs the question, can you even trust it at all?

Below is a handy chart of recycling symbols that you can refer back to time and again. Checking the labels for these symbols should be the first step in recycling.

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Genius Ways to Repurpose K-Cups [Visual]

K-Cups make life easier in a lot of ways. They’re fast, convenient, and a surefire way to satisfy a caffeine addiction.

There’s just one (big) problem with these little coffee dispensers: K-Cups are a bane for the environment. Once plastic ends up in landfills, it remains there for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years. These landfills pollute air, land, and water; destroy wildlife habitat; and are major sources of greenhouse gases, which speed up climate change.

There are several ways to reduce K-Cups’ environmental impact (outside of not using them in the first place). For starters, there are more and more opportunities to recycle K-Cups. If that’s not an option where you live, then don’t give up hope: It’s also possible to keep K-Cups out of the waste stream by creatively reusing them.

What good is a used K-Cup, you might wonder? Turns out, it can be used in a multitude of ways. Here are just a couple of the many creative ways to reuse K-Cups 💚

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Reduce your Household Food Waste with a touch of a button [App]

At Cup O’ Sugar, Earth Day is not just a day but the company ethos. The iOS app was launched with the vision of reducing food waste one connection at a time and that is exactly what Cup O’ Sugar is doing. By redefining the ways communities interact and connect with one another, the environment is positively affected.

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How to afford to Be Eco-Friendly while you’re Stuck at Home

It’s not uncommon for the terms expensive and eco-friendly to be paired together, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. With an increasing number of the population spending more time in their homes, it’s important to assess how increased hours spent indoors can impact our planet. As energy bills rise, now is the perfect time to consider how you can be more eco-friendly with your choices at home, and more importantly how to afford to make these changes.

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A Learning Curve Opportunity

Many are panicking about the Covid-19, in the supermarkets are empty shelves of toilet paper, rice and hand-gel. Yesterday while scrolling on the ecogreenlove IG feed, we found an amazing post by the illustrator Emily Ehlers (mostly known as Eco with Em, follow her if you haven’t already!). She illustrated what she called “A Radical reframing of Covid-19“. It gave us a different perspective and we want to share it with you:

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