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It's time to lose weight on the plastics diet

Tips and advice for shedding those plastic pounds this World Oceans Day What’s left is the hard-to-recycle stuff. Terracycle is a godsend for the guilty. I could fill this entire screen by listing all the awkward plastics that Terracycle recycles - around 50 in total, many of them featuring in my own eco crimes list: biscuit/cake/crisp wrappers, contact lens packaging, toys, food pouches, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, cosmetics, pens, disposable gloves, coffee pods, Pringles packets

World Environment Day: What is wish-cycling?

Plastic pollution, waste reduction and the importance of protecting the environment are big topics at the moment and lots of us have been making a more conscious effort to recycle the items we use.

Tubes for crisps are made of mixed materials and so these can't be recycled without being separated first, which can be tricky. Crisp packets also can't be recycled at home.

However, a company called Terracycle recycles crisp packets into plastic pellets to make into new products. If you do have crisp packets, you can save them up and take them to your nearest drop off point.

Popper fidget toys are the latest 2021 children's craze but how environmentally friendly are they?

A spokesman for innovative recycling organisation TerraCycle explained: "Where it becomes more complicated is when a waste item is made out of a complex material, or several materials, as is the case with most toys. The process of recycling these materials is complicated and costly and the end product is worth less than the cost of recycling the waste, so the economics simply do not work."

Tesco begins roll out of 'soft plastic' recycling points for bread bags, pet food pouches and crisp packets which are ignored by council collections

The cost of collecting, separating and recycling certain types of soft plastic is also more expensive than the value of the material itself. Referring to some soft plastic, Stephen Clarke, head of communications at waste management company TerraCycle, previously told The Guardian: 'The difficulty is that they are hard to collect in large volumes, tend to get stuck in machinery at the household recycling centres.'

How are independent schools staying green?

There is nothing like a global emergency to prompt a re-examining of priorities, but has caring for the environment dropped down the list as schools rise to the challenge of the pandemic? “Students really took responsibility for eco activities in their year group bubble bases during the autumn term and devised a rota to organise recycling after breaktimes and lunches, including the empty crisp packets that we recycle for Walkers/Terracycle and the food waste that goes to a local biogas digester.”

Packaging, the beauty industry’s new arms race

The most common critique of luxury beauty is that we’re just “paying for the packaging”. The cream or lotion inside, so we’ve been told, is but a sliver of the total cost, and the inflated markup is thanks to the sophisticated pumps, nozzles and spatulas that dispense the product. Which is why the past few years have given rise to brands that have done away with the bells and whistles of traditional beauty packaging, offering potent formulations for a fraction of the price. This, combined with increased competition from independent disruptors, and growing demand for sustainability, has provoked a beauty packaging arms race between the world’s cosmetics giants. And in an industry that’s projected to grow to £131bn by 2025, there’s plenty at stake. Brands are increasingly keen to offer options to offset their plastic use – Deciem, Caudalie and L’Occitane all have in-store drop-offs in partnership with TerraCycle, which specialises in hard-to-recycle packaging and materials. And all accept recyclables from any beauty brand, not just their own.

Down the tubes: should you brush your teeth with toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets are marketed as a plastic-free, more portable oral care solution – James Shackell bites down in search of a better brush While enterprises like TerraCycle offer collection-points for oral care products, plenty still end up in landfill. Moreover, many toothpastes – roughly half according to Dutch NGO Plastic Soup Foundation’s Beat the Microbead campaign – also contain microplastics, tiny indestructible plastic polymers that get spat down the sink and washed into the food chain.

Six easy ways to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly – from simple swaps to handy recycling schemes

Approximately eight million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans each year, and just nine per cent of plastic is recycled worldwide. And the beauty industry – with its large amount of packaging and non-recyclable items such as cotton buds and face wipes – has historically been one of the number one culprits. Fortunately the beauty world is now catching up, with many brands making concerted efforts to adopt more sustainable practices in an effort to limit their impact on the environment. Because of its fiddly packaging and tough formulas, make-up used to be one of the trickiest beauty products to recycle. In fact, Maybelline found that a third of make-up wearers didn’t even know that these products could be recycled. Here to tackle the problem, Maybelline has teamed up with Terracycle to introduce make-up recycling bins in over a thousand Tesco, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Superdrug stores across the country. Simply drop in any old cosmetics, from ANY brand, and you can be sure they’ll be properly recycled. Click here to find your nearest drop-off point.

The Best Natural, Organic And Eco-Friendly Beauty Products To Buy Right Now

From make-up to skincare, here are the eco-friendly beauty products that every woman who wants to look flawless and save the world at the same time, needs to have on her radar... 3. BOG Skincare Energise & Detoxify Sheet Mask - £12
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SHOP NOW Sheet masks have been blacklisted when it comes to sustainability but this nutrient-rich mask not only leaves skin looking juicy and plumped, but their packaging is 100% recyclable. They've partnered with Terracycle so you can return your used masks and empty packets back to BOG to be recycled, completely free of charge.