We find card in all shapes and sizes at home, including cereal packets, kitchen rolls and corrugated cardboard boxes. It’s easy to use card over and over again.
- Ask for deliveries to be made in one go so you don’t get lots of small boxes.
- Buy large boxes of cereal – they have less packaging than the same amount of cereal in smaller boxes.
- Buy refills or take your own packaging to the shops
- Tell your local supermarket if there’s too much card packaging around your food.
- Save cardboard boxes when you move home, flatten them to use when you move again or lend them to a friend.
- Use them to store items in the loft, under your bed or in the wardrobe.
- Ask your local school or playgroup if they need cardboard boxes for craft projects.
- Use cardboard boxes as wrapping around items when you post them.
- Cut out shapes from cardboard to make templates for sewing or painting.
- Put cardboard behind photographs to stop them moving around in frames.
- Make a doorstop or a draft insulator using cardboard
- Remove the tape and plastic film before recycling using your recycling service
- Shred or rip it up in to small pieces to put in your compost bin
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