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Easy eco swaps we can all make at home 2019 has been a big year when it comes to plastic. So many more of us are now finally try- ing to use less, recycle more and just generally think about the planet. And it’s high time. But there’s always at least one extra change you can make. So, how can you do more? Try making these easy eco swaps at home... 1. Keep food fresh without using cling film You can use off cuts of fabric, covered in beeswax and coconut oil instead of cling film, to keep food fresh in the fridge. Or if that’s too much like hard work, you can buy your own beeswax wraps. Try Bee’s Wrap Assorted Reusable Food Wraps - Pack of 3, £15.99 (was £19.99), Lakeland. ALL OUR SPECIALS ARE BRITISH MADE PRODUCTS ONLY Find us on Facebook SEE US NOW TO HAVE DELIVERY BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Bolton Bed Centre BOLTON BED CENTRE 65-67 Derby Street, Bolton BL3 6HE • Tel: 01204 533773 SHORT OF STORAGE SPACE? Nowhere to store your summer clothing, bedding, towels, toys or even SUITCASES? 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We have over 12 models available, all made in England & huge range of different fabrics available. 4’6 FROM £490.00 5’0 FROM £590.00 SUPERKING FROM £690.00 LOCAL, INDEPENDENT & FAMILY RUN FOR OVER 45 YEARS! 26 HOME & GARDEN December 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent Being greener has never been easier. Claire Spreadbury reveals how to help protect the planet by using less plastic and recycling more 2. Only use recyclable wrapping paper Most of us are aware you can’t recycle all wrapping paper, but we often throw it in with the paper waste and hope for the best. Non-paper gift wrap, such as foil-based wrapping paper or bags, cannot be recycled. You can check if your wrap can be recycled by scrunching it; if it springs back when you scrunch it, it’s not re- cyclable. Just buy lovely brown paper and decorate presents with ribbons or string, which can also be re-used. When you are recy- cling wrap, remember to remove any bits with labels or sellotape on them, too. 3. Put your recycling in the right bin It sounds obvious, but so many people put items in the wrong re- cycling bins. This Christmas, more than 90% of us are set to shop on- line, which according to DS Smith, means that 25% more cardboard will make its way into residential collections. To make sure that all recyclable paper and cardboard is actually sent for recycling, res- idents need to make sure that it ends up in the correct recycling bin. 4. Bin the bubble wrap Bubble wrap and plastic-lined envelopes are extremely difficult to recycle, so use paper versions instead. They’ll protect any goodies you’re popping in the post and can then be recycled. 5. Use a good old hankie Tissues, paper towels and kitch- en roll cannot be recycled once used - mainly for hygiene reasons. So why not go old school and swap these for a handkerchief or cloth, so you can wash them and re-use? 6. Don’t forget to recycle your pizza boxes Pizza boxes are 100% recyclable even when greasy, as long as there is no food left in them and they ar- en’t heavily stained. The best way of ensuring your pizza box can be recycled is to remove any crusts, leftover food, and soak up any ex- cess oil. 7. Think about the cards you buy Greetings cards can be recycled, as long as they’re not covered in glitter or other non-paper materi- als, so only buy ones you can actu- ally recycle. 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