champion the green office "new normal"

Tracey BanksAugust 27, 2020

Businesses generate more than 31 million tonnes of waste every year in England and it's estimated that UK businesses could save up to ten’s of £ billion per year by improving the way they use resources. Is it time for businesses to view rubbish as a resource? Recycling is often cheaper than sending to landfill. Reducing or reusing can save even more money.

15 ways to a less waste home office

Tracey BanksAugust 27, 2020

The corporate office can be a cluttered, single-use plastic, paper filled black hole. Stacked up piles of admin in plastic trays, printed emails and presentations, single-use free pens from countless conferences, plastic wallets to hold paper documents we read once two years ago. The waste goes on and on. With home working, you are now in charge of your working environment so start with a green workspace to keep a clear mind and conscience. It is possible to achieve a low waste office with a bit more research and bit more searching.

what a waste! the second hand school uniform no-brainer

Tracey BanksAugust 27, 2020

Children grow quickly and families get through clothes fast. With stubborn stains and growth spurts, turnover of uniform can be very high. In fact, 1.4 million wearable school uniforms are thrown away each year in UK. With UK families spending around £52 million each year on new items – there’s money and clothing to be saved!

the great plastic bag debate

Tracey BanksJuly 01, 2020

Despite the Plastic Bag surcharge, the number of single-use bags sold by all large UK retailers in 2018/2019 was 1.1 billion. This figure doesn't account for sales of 'Bags for Life' which have become a significant proportion of supermarket plastic bag sales - more than their single-use equivalent... But what is worse, plastic bag waste or the impact of production of the paper or cotton alternatives? Did you know that plastic bags were invented to save the planet?

finding out about plastic-free waste-free beauty

Tracey BanksJune 17, 2020

'Plastic-Free Beauty Day' - completely arbitrary but got us thinking about the amount of plastic found in our bathroom cupboards and served as a good reminder to us about the amount of 'invisible' plastic in most cosmetic products.  We've done some scouring and found sustainable alternatives for 10 staple cosmetic products in your less waste daily routine - as well as a basic guide on how to spot those pesky plastics ingredients that may be hidden inside your favourite cosmetics...sorry! 

unpckd creates less everyday waste

Tracey BanksMay 06, 2020

unpicking unpckd: a considered and consistent new identity We’re excited to share unpckd’s rebrand! It’s part of our evolution as a small social enterprise, in trying to find the right words and look to express ourselves, in consistently and clearly explain what we do and why.

the 5Rs: principles of Less Waste

Tracey BanksApril 22, 2020

  REFUSE AVOID BUYING UNSUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS Say no to anything that ends it's life in landfill. It's usefulness is temporary, it's existence may be permanent. Rethink: Do I really need this? Result: Using buying power to reduce production REDUCE BUY LESS, BUY QUALITY Reduce general consumption. Use well made, long...

spotlight on WATER FILTERS

Tracey BanksApril 08, 2020

Filtering without waste While tap water across the UK tends to be of a high standard, filtered water does remove a whole host of elements that are best avoided, from chlorine and limescale to heavy metals such as mercury, lead and dioxins. But how to avoid a plastic pile up in getting purer water?

spotlight on CRACKERS

Tracey BanksDecember 17, 2019

Christmas crackers are almost obligatory around the table at Christmas time, but could this (wasteful) tradition be on its way out? More than 150 million crackers are pulled each festive season, but they have recently come under the spotlight for the fact that they often contain plastic toys that are thrown away (along with the remains of the pulled cracker) almost immediately afterwards.

spotlight on WRAPPING PAPER

Tracey BanksDecember 03, 2019

Consumers in the UK will use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year – most of this will end up in our bins. It’s hard for most to imagine a gift without its decorative paper casing, despite the persuasive environmental arguments against wrapping paper. So why do we wrap and what are the alternatives?

if not plastic, what's the alternative?

Tracey BanksNovember 19, 2019

The news is all about supermarkets switching their packaging away from plastic...but what are these other materials, how do they differ and how do we dispose of them? Are you trying to make more sustainable choices when you shop, but so confused by all the terminology that is thrown about to try to convince you something is 'green'? You are not alone...

it's the most wasteful time of the year...

Tracey BanksNovember 19, 2019

Christmas adverts are out…Edgar, Kevin, Olaf…excessively expensive commercials to tempt us the Christmas consumer in all of us It’s the most wonderful wasteful time of the year…we generate about 30 per cent more waste over the holidays, throwing away more than 100 million black bags to landfill, putting toxins into...

spotlight on PAPER TOWEL

Tracey BanksNovember 04, 2019

some swaps are easy but some habits are harder to break than others...when it comes to creating less waste in the kitchen, paper towels are our nation's favourite convenience. But this convenience comes at an environmental price.

tackling packaging waste

Tracey BanksNovember 03, 2019

How is the GOVERNMENT proposing to tackle plastic recycling? On 15 October, the UK Government launched its new governance system on issues covering clean air, waste management and plastics pollution, natural capital approaches and water stewardship, in the form of the long-awaited Environment Bill.  New waste management proposals are covered by...

spotlight on RAZORS

Tracey BanksOctober 21, 2019

Disposable razors are one of the bathroom’s biggest waste items – being made of many different materials, including plastic, steel and rubber they cannot be recycled. Even the ones where you only replace the razor head are wasteful because the razor heads are made and packaged with plastic.

A ‘Plastic-Free’ habit for life not just ‘July’

Tracey BanksJuly 04, 2019

Heard about Plastic Free July? Thinking about giving it a go but don’t know where to start? It’s easy to get paralysed by the size of the task at hand to go plastic-free…We’ve got some tips on how to get going and, importantly, how to keep it going beyond July.