Hardly a day goes by without an announcement about another initiative to reduce plastic waste. This is great news. But with all the national noise it can be difficult to work out what is happening locally, and in particular the opportunities to take action at a personal level. So what is happening Reading?
What recipes have you collected, or inherited, to use up surplus food? Here Tony describes how a Bread and Butter Pudding saved a build-up of stale bread from the bin (and made a delicious dessert) in the Cowling household. Do you have a food rescue recipe to share?
A frightening amount of the food we buy ends up in the bin. As a student on a budget, this troubled Emily Marshall. So she decided to take matters in to her own hands and investigate sources of food waste in her own kitchen. Here are her top tips for getting a grip on food waste at home
To combat its ‘throwaway consumer culture’, Sweden has announced tax breaks on repairs to clothes, bicycles, fridges and washing machines. On bikes and clothes, VAT has been reduced from 25% to 12% and on white goods consumers can claim back income tax due on the person doing the work.
Speaking to the World Economic Forum (WEC) during a live Facebook webinar, TerraCycle’s chief executive Tom Szaky claimed that the world “can’t recycle [it’s] way out of waste” and instead called on individuals to tweak shopping habits in order to promote durable and used products.