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Getting down and juicy – zero waste week day 4

tetra pak carton reuse and upcyclingUHT milk comes in them, orange juice comes in them. You can even get tomatoes and chick peas in them.

Oh yes and WINE!

What am I talking about?

Well Tetra Pak cartons of course!

You stick mini ones in your kid’s lunch box, have a couple on the shelf of UHT products ‘for emergencies’ and you might even favour them for your tomatoes when camping because you don’t need a tin opener.

But aren’t cartons bad for the environment?

Well I used to think so too, but apparently not and they’re surprisingly easy to recycle!

In fact 91% of local authorities in the UK now offer carton recycling, with an impressive 57% collecting from kerbside.

The average person in the UK uses 25 one litre cartons a year, so let’s keep this valuable resource out of landfill in two simple steps:

STEP ONE

Find your nearest Tetra Pak recycling facility and commit to using it.

STEP TWO

Be a true zero hero by taking this one extra step: Wash ‘n’ squash your cartons before recycling – this means 3 times more cartons can fit into the same sized vehicle; which reduces emissions.

That’s it for today – simple, right? And if you’re looking for some carton reuse ideas, check out my Pinterest board – you’ll be glad you did. You’ll find everything you can imagine from plants pots to playhouses!

How far from home do you have to go to recycle cartons?

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