Hello lovelies! So, given that September is officially spring and the season for new beginnings, spring cleanings, re-evaluations of self, health and wealth (ie. a coutdown to swimming costume season – eek!) and that there is a general feeling of purpose in the air, i was only too happy to be asked to take part in a Glass Recycling Blogger Challenge – care of The Glass Recycling Company who are celebrating their 10 year anniversary. The challenge? To document my own efforts in glass recycling and to hopefully inspire some of you to make changes in your glass consumption and recycling at home and work.
Did you know only 41% of South Africa’s glass bottles and jars are being recycled?
We already recycle our glass and after a festive weekend entertaining friends, i can say that we really contribute to our local glass bank in a big way. Sheesh, all those wine bottles! (Just to be clear – it’s not me, lovelies – i haven’t drunk in over a year – i blame The Captain and our mates 😉
But there are other places we can make changes…here are some thoughts..
• No glass should be making it into any municipal refuse removal. Make sure you have a dedicated glass recycling container at home and commit to recycling all the glass you no longer have a use for by taking it to your closest glass bank. WHAT WE DO We have a plastic container that sits outside our back kitchen door – it’s not particularly glamorous but it works – we empty it every couple of weeks. What i actually want is a recycling bin from Pedersen & Lennard…see above
• Work towards using less plastic and more glass in our daily lives – swop plastic storage containers in your pantry for glass jars, use glass water bottles instead of plastic ones at the gym and in the kitchen, decant refill detergents into reusable glass containers. WHAT WE DO I use Consol jars for almost all of our dry goods but for some reason my baking supplies hadn’t been sorted, so that’s another thing on my house-sorting to do list. I am going to decant all our decorations and ingredients into glass jars rather than plastic containers. The children actually got us into glass bottles for drinking a while ago and they take their lunch salads to school in Consol My Jars and i love the idea of having a cooldrink dispenser filled with cleaning supplies like fabric softener – that way you only have to buy refills to top up your supplies.
• Ask your favourite restaurants and retailers about their glass recycling habits and encourage them to get a free glass bank (apply online at www.tgrc.co.za) WHAT WE DO I had no idea this was something we as the public could drive, so from now on i’m going to get vocal, asking shops and restaurants what they do with their glass. Also, WHY do restaurants still serve bottled water and not bring a carafe of filtered water to the table -i’m happy to pay, just don’t bring me plastic!
• Glass banks are free – ask your school to apply for one so families can drop their glass recycling off on the school run. WHAT WE DO Again, i didn’t know glass banks were free – i think every school should have one, don’t you? Visit The Glass Recycling Company to apply for one.
If you don’t know where your closest bank is, SMS the name of your suburb to 32310 and you’ll receive a response regarding your closest glass bank.
Hope this has sparked something in you to up your glass recycling. I was shocked at the 41% statistic! What do you do to recycle glass at home?