How many times can that be recycled?

Do you know that some recyclable materials have a life expectancy? Some materials can be recycled multiple times, even an infinite number of times and others have a limit of maybe once or twice.

Paper – 5 to 7 times

Paper’s ability to be recycled is lowered each time it gets reused. Paper is made up of long fibres and every time it goes through the recycling process these fibres get shorter and shorter. The shorter they get the harder the paper is to recycle. On average printer paper can only be recycled 5 to 7 times, beyond this point the fibres will be too short and can’t be turned into paper anymore. They can, however, turn the paper into a paste which can then be used for things such as egg cartons.

Plastic – 1 to 2 times

On average plastic can only be recycled once or twice before it’s no longer recyclable, meaning it gets recycled into something else such as material for clothing like a fleece sweater. Whilst the items made from plastic can’t be recycled and will eventually end up in landfill, it’s much more energy-efficient to use reused plastic to make these items then it is to use new materials.

Glass – Infinite

Glass can be recycled an unlimited amount of times. Although, different types of glass have different melting points which means that they can’t be recycled together as they wouldn’t both be done at the same time when melting. Recycling glass is 33% more energy-efficient than it is to create it from scratch.

Metal – Infinite

Metal is categorised into ferrous and non-ferrous, but all metals have an infinite amount of times that they can be recycled without degrading. The difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals is that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals don’t, meaning that they each have different qualities and uses.

Aluminium – Infinite

Finally, aluminium, which also has no limit to how many times it can be recycled because it doesn’t lose any quality.

Contact us for more information or advice about how you can recycle and become more sustainable.

 

   

Beach filled with man made rubbish

Tips and Tricks to recycling – small steps to saving our planet.

 

 

You see the news reports, you read about it online, you see the effects we have on our planet.

Now, how can we help save it? Well, in this blog we’re going to give you a few of our favourite tips and tricks to recycling.

 

One straightforward method is to reduce the amount of paper which you use. You can make use of both sides of the paper, most printers now days will come with the option to print on both sides, halving the amount of paper which you use. Imagine how much paper would be saved if everyone started doing this!

 

Paper Stack

Paper Stack – image credit to products.ricoh.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about trying to make your fruit juices and smoothies instead of buying cartons and bottles? We think this is a great idea. You could even go the extra mile and purchase the fruit from your local market, which will really reduce the amount of plastic you’re using.

 

 

 

Different fruit juices

Fruit juices – image credit to www.medicalnewstoday.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one is to switch to a “litter-less lunch.” Now I know what you’re thinking, how is that possible? Small things such as not using plastic or paper bags to take your lunch into work. Instead, invest in a plastic or tin lunch box. You can also buy a refillable water bottle instead of buying lots of bottled water.

 

Different colour lunch boxes

Tin lunch boxes – image credit to www.aliexpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brings us onto another tip, instead of buying lots of coffee cups from places like Costa or Starbucks, buy one of their reusable cups. Did you know you can also upcycle your coffee cups into other useful items, such as a makeup brush or pen holder. Just clean and redecorate the cup! For more cool upcycling ideas, check out our blog: How to upcycle. You can also give up plastic bottled water by buying a reusable water bottle!

Reusable coffee cup

Reusable coffee cup – image credit to www.pengalaman.co

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know you can recycle water too? Well, you do now! For example, if you have boiled some pasta in a pot, use it to water your plants instead of just throwing it away. Wait until it has cooled down first though of course!

Check out this cool upcycled old table, turned into a plant bed:

Upcycled plant bed

Upcycled plant bed – image credit to savvygardening.com

 

 

Say no to plastic bags at the supermarket and invest in reusable shopping bags. They’re relatively easy to get a hold of and in addition to saving the environment, can save you money even if it is just 5p per plastic bag.

Different colour reusable shopping bags

Shopping bags – image credit to www.dhgate.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any examples of some recycling you’ve done yourself? Make sure you post it on your social media and tag us, our accounts are below. We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!