Reducing single-use/disposable plastic

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20 May
1:54pm, 20 May 2022
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Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
That sounds brilliant Winnie!

Putting this here as a reminder, we are away for the weekend, I have my list packed but we are in cafe nero, 4 packets to add later.
22 May
5:39pm, 22 May 2022
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Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
I have now completed the count for the full 7 days, I don’t think this is a true reflection as I imagine slightly lower than average but it gives a good indication of waste.

23 May
10:46am, 23 May 2022
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run free
Is this for 2 people?
23 May
11:09am, 23 May 2022
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Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
It is run free, on reflection it's probably higher than our average as we are away and so included lunch packaging.
23 May
4:53pm, 23 May 2022
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run free
I think this will be found to be on the low side as the majority of people really do not try to reduce their plastic waste. Having just seen the number of plastic cups that were used on this weekend's event :(
28 May
6:10pm, 28 May 2022
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We've been on holiday, so will do another 2-days of counting to make it a full 7 days before I submit.
On 45 pieces after 5 days...
30 May
10:46pm, 30 May 2022
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... Ouch, final count in at 73 pieces of plastic. A large chunk of that is dog treat wrappers. Naughty doggy :)

91% of that is food wrapping/containers.

Obviously a lot of work to be done. I hope this survey gets put to good use.
My OH still thinks it is ridiculous and doesn't care about saving the planet *sigh*
18 Jun
7:06pm, 18 Jun 2022
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I know it's not reducing plastic but just found out that my council [Broxtowe] now recycles the plastic milk bottle lids kerbside (I just need to put it on the bottle so it doesn't get lost in the machinery) and that the local parkrun cafe also accepts the empty medicine blister packs.

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Maintained by run free
Information about Plastic Packaging:


What products have microbeads?

To help you reduce try one level at a time:

What the EU is doing:

- currently the UK will be following SOME of the EU measures.

Terms used to describe plastic:
1. Biodegradable (also oxi-biodegradable)
2. Bioplastic
3. Compostable
4. Plastic that potentially could be recycled (has numbers)
5. Plastic that cannot be recycled

Some resources:
BBC's info on the numbers on Plastics:

The misconceptions of biodegradable plastics from an academic:

Understanding plastic terms:

Bioplastic developments as seen by British Plastic

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