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Easy Ways to be More Environmentally Friendly in 2019

Many more of us are now looking to lead a much more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whether this be going green altogether, or to simply save some money. Here we cover some of the easiest ways to live more eco-friendly this year.

Saving energy

One of the most simple ways to living more environmentally friendly, but also the most effective. This being energy conservation, so turning your electricals off once you have used them is the key factor. This will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also could save you a lot of money over a long period. This could include turning your refrigerator down, using energy efficient light bulbs and only using your dishwasher or washing machine when these are full.

Reusable packaging

For businesses this is a growing factor, but should also be taken into account for individuals when packaging their everyday items. You should look at using reusable packaging such as at PPS, for when moving house, which is something many of us will have to do on multiple occasions throughout our lives. This means that far less waste is being produced.

Go paperless

Another very effective way that both individuals and businesses can move to. This is going paperless. Letter boxes are continually full with flyers and bills, so simply changing to paperless can make a big impact to reducing the amount of paper that is used. This means contacting banks to request to only be contacted via email and opting for only paperless billing. The same for other bills such as phone, gas and electric. You should also look at unsubscribing from the different unnecessary catalogues that you may be part of.

Food shopping online

Yes food shopping online has many benefits to the environment. This is something many people are moving to due to living such busy lives. You may feel lazy in doing so or want to select things yourself, but this can do wonders for the environment. This is eliminating car trips, which is of course associated with carbon emissions. You can also request no bagging to even further the eco-friendly experience.

Rubbish Clearance Waste Management Improved By Clearabee

Besides a rubbish clearance bin, most UK citizens have a “single stream” recycling container in which they put all their recyclables. This includes everything from plastic juice bottles to discarded toys. Paper, plastic, and glass are all mixed together. Other countries, such as the United States, use single stream curbside recycling too because citizens tend to be lazy so they prefer not having to separate out the different types of recyclables they bin and the government doesn’t force them to. However, this convenience comes at a huge cost.

Single stream recycling is usually picked up by the same bin men as pick up the rubbish clearance bins. They simply throw it on a different truck or a different part of the truck. However, it is a problem that much of the household rubbish ends up in the recycling bin and vice versa before they even pick it up. Further, the rubbish clearance will often contaminate the recycling to the point it cab not be processed as recycled items. For example, if oil or grease gets on cardboard recyclables, it cannot be recycled and will end up going to the landfill anyway. This is the same reason that greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled, although people often mistakenly put them in the recycle bin.

The single stream recyclables are taken to a materials recovery facility where it must be sorted in various ways. In some case, people actually remove certain items as the recyclables come down a long conveyer belt. In other cases, optical sorters, infrared sorters, and magnetic sorters automatically sort the waste removal while humans watch over the process and spot errors. Although this works amazingly well, the process is not perfect.

Susan Collins, the director of the Container Recycling Institute, a charity group based in the United States, reports that twenty-five to forty percent of the single stream recyclables actually get taken to the landfill. This is due to contamination and other issues in the sorting process and due to what happens in the recycle bin at home before it even gets taken to the materials recovery facility. As she puts it, “You can’t unscramble an egg.” In other words, once certain materials get mixed, you can un-mix them to sort them for recycling different types of materials. For example, if glass breaks into bits during transport, and contaminates paper recyclables in the same bin, these items may not be able to be sorted well enough for the paper and glass to both be recycled in the way they need, so they both may end up in the landfill.

Private on demand rubbish clearance companies, like Clearabee, in the UK seem to be the best equipped to deal with the problems associated with sorting (pre-sorting) and contamination. Further, they seem to reduce this problem just be how their process works and where they take the rubbish clearance they pick up. Luckily for ecofriendly oriented UK citizens, Clearabee has quickly grown to be the largest private rubbish clearance service in the entire UK, outcompeting the next largest similar service by a long shot.

The Clearabee teams are trained to pre-sort and then group together similar materials from different households and businesses. They then use technology to determine the nearest places that will accept each type of material for reuse or recycling, instead of taking these items to the landfill. They also put a preference on reusing materials over recycling them as reusing items is even more ecofriendly than recycling items.

Some customers of Clearabee are willing to help out and do a certain amount of pre-sorting before Clearabee picks up their rubbish clearance, although the Clearabee service does not require this. For example, one household doing some spring cleaning, may separate out the clothes, toys, glass bottles, and household items. This can help Clearabee get these different items to places where they can be reused or upcycled.

Over their eight years of being in business, with Daniel Long at the helm, Clearabee has strived to improve their reuse and recycle rate. Right out of the gate, given their mission, motivation, and business plan, they reused and recycled more items than any of the waste removal services hired by the local councils. Today, they have improved upon their original percentages and they now reuse or recycle about ninety percent of everything they clear! This percentage is on par with some other European countries like Finland, Sweden, and Germany who are considered the best recyclers in the world. They are approaching closed loop recycling and Clearabee isn’t that far off this mark either.

Clearabee has become a leader in sustainability on a world stage. Many UK citizens seem to use their service in part because of how ecofriendly their services are compared to any other service in the UK. Doing business with a socially responsible and environmentally friendly business is becoming increasingly important in one’s decision making process on which business to chose over another. Clearabee’s practices make that an easy choice for all the people they serve in England, Scotland, and Wales.

Why We’re Sticking ‘Two Fingers’ Up at Damaging Cleaning Products

I’m starting to get to that stage of pregnancy where I want to begin the nesting process. Cleaning is not something that comes naturally to me, but I’ve definitely started to get the decluttering bug and I keep getting random “I must scrub that skirting board…” type thoughts jumping into my head whilst sitting in my armchair.

Having an asthmatic child means that I try to be selective about the products that I use, which is why when I saw the following video for Two Fingers cleaning products, I was intrigued (as well as bowled over by cuteness because I L.O.V.E. sloths!)

This is the blurb that attracted me in the first place:

“Everyone recognises that we live in an environment that is constantly under threat from the things we pump into our skies, bury in our land and pour into our rivers and oceans – and everyone knows that we need to change.   At Two Fingers their whole approach is about protecting the environment by preserving precious resources, respecting the need to conserve, and doing everything possible to minimise the impact of excessive packaging, transport and distribution.

Their entire range is ONLY made from ingredients derived from natural, readily biodegradable, renewable and sustainable botanical resources, principally plant and vegetable derivatives. All their products are non-hazardous and have never been tested on animals.   So say Two Fingers, to dirt, to waste, to toxic cleaners!

Two Fingers cleaning products are unique in that they transform plant and vegetable based ingredients into particles called micelles, which disrupts the bonds of material to not only clean, but disintegrate dirt and oil. These micelles are much smaller than that of typical soaps and detergents and (here’s the clever bit) they surround dirt with detergent making the dirt more soluble and lower the surface tension so the dirt comes away from the surface with a simple wipe of a cloth.”

Knowing that not only will the products be safe to use around the home, given that it’ll have an asthmatic and a newborn in it, is a huge relief, and knowing that the company has strong policies when it comes to the environment is an even bigger ‘tick’ in Two Fingers box. I also noticed this in the FAQ section of the site:

Are Two Fingers products safe to use around pregnant women, young babies/toddlers and animals?

The combination of low volatile organic compounds/no fumes, a neutral pH level, no known Carcinogens or other health effects mean our products are a safe choice for use in the home. You can even wash your fish tank with them – just don’t forget to take the fish out of the tank first!

If you want to know more about Two Fingers Clean, watch the video above and head over to the site for more information.

Post written in collaboration with Two Fingers Clean