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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

Paper products should always be recycled first before composting (assuming they are clean and dry). This gives them another 'go' round the system. Once composted it takes a lot more time and resources ...
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How do plastic bags and other waste end up in the ocean?

There are many ways how plastic waste ends up in the sea. A non-complete list would include the following: Micro-plastics from our washing processes, they are in almost everything like shampoo, ...
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How do plastic bags and other waste end up in the ocean?

Carelessness, wind and rain. Humans are careless, so leave all manner of plastic outside in their yards. A gust of wind catches the plastic and blows it onto a nearby road. It rains, and the ...
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How do I calculate if it is more sustainable to have my groceries delivered?

The only option that I can see which would be win-win would be to take public transport to the supermarket and use my reusable bags. Hardly. I present, the bike trailer: For five years, I actually ...
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Do #4 (♶ LDPE) plastic bags need to be recycled at grocery stores like #2 (♴ HDPE) plastic bags?

I think what is accepted at stores or recycling centers is very much local policy and depends on both regulations (local law) and the way collection and recycling schemes are setup and funded. In the ...
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Store drop-off vs curbside recycling plastic bags

No, the process the plastic ends up going through is the same. The only thing that changes when you drop them off at the grocery store is that it is more convenient for the recycling plant because ...
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Do #4 (♶ LDPE) plastic bags need to be recycled at grocery stores like #2 (♴ HDPE) plastic bags?

Film has the following issues for recycling: It's not well labeled. (Which bin should it go into?) It's irregular in shape. (Makes automated separation difficult) The weight per piece is small. (...
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How to store plastic bags for easy access?

You're smart to figure out a way that works for you to store & access your used bags. Without that they're not nearly as re-usable! We use these strategies to cut through the clutter & make ...
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A venue to ongoingly "storm" alternatives to milk bags?

For decades in the UK (and probably other countries) milk was delivered to the door by a milkman in glass bottles. You kept the empty bottles, and left them out on the door step for the milkman to ...
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Should I use a plastic trash bag for my recycling bin at home or not?

Here in the UK we are specifically told not to bag recyclable products, as it makes it more difficult for them to be sorted on arrival at the recycling facility - plus the bag itself can't be recycled,...
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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

It's much, much better to compost than to recycle, if you can. While recycling does use less energy than making these items from non-recycled materials, it's still not perfect - lots of energy goes ...
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