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Repair or adapt

The best environmental choice is to repair, restore or adapt a product you already have. You may need professional help but it could still be cheaper than something new.

Top tips for recycling at Christmas

 

  • Wrapping paper can be recycled if it passes the scrunch test – if you can scrunch it and it stays in a ball without springing back, it can be recycled. If it doesn’t stay in a ball it can’t be recycled. This is because some metallic-looking paper is actually lined with plastic and cannot be recycled.
  • Glitter cannot be recycled – so make sure glittery paper goes in the general rubbish bin; or you could avoid buying it in the first place to be kinder to the environment.
  • Try to remove as much sticky tape from the wrapping paper before recycling to make it easier to recycle.
  • Remember to rip off any glittery sections and embellishments on cards (like ribbons) before recycling those too.
  • If you order anything online ready for Christmas, it's likely your items will be delivered in boxes or envelopes made from corrugated cardboard. This can be recycled – just remember to remove any polystyrene packing and remove as much sticky tape as possible.

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