Christmas 101 – Recycle Everything

Hi folks, I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist. This month we’re looking at savings over the Christmas period and today we’re talking about recycling everything.  So where do we start? 

The start is actually before you buy! In today’s western society we have so much choice. So why not make an informed choice and make the decision to buy your shopping with the least amount of plastic used in the packaging. This helps to force the shop to reduce plastic packaging from their suppliers. If we change they will be forced to change.

Think about it! Little things like your wrapping paper for the Christmas presents. If you buy the really shiny and glossy wrapping paper it is usually paper with a layer of plastic to make it shiny. Unfortunately the only way to test this is to tear the paper. If you try to tear it and it actually gives you a snapping sensation instead of a rip, then it probably has a layer of plastic and it can’t be recycled.

Another question for you – does your fruit and veg need to be presented to you in a plastic bag, which you usually throw in the bin as soon as you get home. Many times there is no difference in price if you choose to buy loose veg or fruit. 

Over the Christmas holidays you will end up with lots of packaging, cards, and delivery boxes. Teach your kids to do the recycling either with you or for you. This really helps them to establish a recycling way of life. Try to take a few minutes each day and separate items for recycling especially the plastic. Most black plastic trays still cannot be recycled, but many suppliers are starting to replace them with brown plastic which is accepted for recycling.

So that’s enough for today.

I’m Jon Mullen the Energy Evangelist. Come and find out how to #SaveEnergySaveMoney at

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