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How To Recycle Inflatables, Paddling Pools & More!

Hello, let’s chat how to recycle inflatables today!

Summer has officially come to a close in Scotland.  All the schools have resumed, and the beaches are quiet, despite being filled with happy kids, fish and chips, ice-creams, buckets and spades, and lilos and rubber rings just a few weeks previously.

If you have kids, or even if you don’t have kids, you may have amassed a collection of inflatables over the summer.  From lilos to rubber rings, from paddling pools to inflatable dinghies, you may have some in your shed or garage or stuffed under the stairs.

The trouble is that these items are delicate and don’t always withstand one summer’s worth of use, or three seasons of storage.  If your inflatable has a puncture that can’t be repaired or is intended for the bin, then don’t bin it – it can be recycled rather cleverly!

The clever people at Wyatt and Jack are having an inflatables amnesty this summer, whereby you can post them your inflatables that would have otherwise gone in the bin – and they will work their magic, turning them into rather funky bags, like the one below:

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If you are an Isle of Wight local, they will collect it from you, otherwise, you can post your inflatable to them at:

Wyatt & Jack Inflatable Amnesty

Unit 7 – Weavers Yard

Lane End


Isle Of Wight

PO35 5US

Wyatt and Jack will kindly refund your postage for you, so recycling your inflatable will cost you nothing, and taking all the hard work out of how to recycle inflatables!

They are also appealing for coastal businesses, cafes, and beach shops to act as collection points for the amnesty – if that’s you or know anyone who fits the bill, then drop Wyatt and Jack an email on hello@wyattandjack.com

Happy recycling!

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weekend links

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Hello!  How’s your Sunday going?  We have had a lazy weekend so far, dinner with friends on Friday night and then doing nothing more yesterday than popping out to pick up some food.  We’ve been trying hard not to let the kids get too bored this summer, but sometimes lazy weekends are just what you all need!

This week’s links:

1.  Good news!  This Autumn Budget might just see the introduction of the latte levy and other environmental taxes, similar to the 5p plastic bag levy, which has had a massive impact on plastic bag usage.

2.  Meanwhile, France is to set penalties on goods packaged with non-recycled plastic in 2019.  Under the new plan, products with recycled plastic packaging could cost up to 10 percent less, while those containing non-recycled plastic up to 10 percent more.

3.  Science alone won’t save the earth, people have to do that.

The question is not whether two degrees of warming is riskier than 1.5 degrees… The real question is how we better negotiate among ourselves, across all our many diverse peoples and cultures, so that we can navigate together toward the better futures we wish for, in our different ways“.

4.  Brexit could be a once in a lifetime chance to ditch glyphosate from our food?

5.  Last week it was Adidas ditching the plastic – this week Reebok (also owned by Adidas) announced they are making plastic-free trainers, with the sole made from corn and the upper from cotton.  And they look good too.

6.  Clothes hangers are just as bad for the environment as plastic straws.  My best tips for avoiding plastic hangers – leave them at the shop when you buy clothes and dry clean at home.

7.  Actual sized Lego houses made from recycled plastic.  Pretty cool!

8.  Peer pressure and meat consumption.

“Psychologists have found a simple trick to reduce meat consumption in restaurants. Tell a customer that other people are increasingly choosing the menu’s meatless options, and the customer becomes more likely to order a vegetarian meal”.

9.  This takes pigeon fancying to a whole new level.

10.  Finally, this time-lapse of a rainstorm in Austria is a must-see.  I’ve watched it five times over already!

Have a great Sunday!  Schools go back here on Tuesday – woo hoo – we made it through the long seven-week stretch.  With a bit more time on my hands I am going to restart the Moral Fibres monthly newsletter very shortly, which has been on hiatus over the summer holidays.  If you haven’t signed up for it – sign up here!