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PLASTIC FREE JERSEY
https://plasticfreejersey.com/

Plastic Free Jersey is an initiative that brings together individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Surfers Against Sewage developed the scheme to tackle the plastic problem specifically in coastal areas.

In order to be awarded with Plastic Free status we need to meet some strict criteria and everyone needs to get involved. Visit the Plastic Free Jersey website to register or for more information.




3 actions taken by Langlois Design & Build:

Water filter system to encourage use of re-fillable bottles. A 7-stage water filter, which makes ordinary tap water taste amazing, encouraging people to drink water instead of unhealthy alternatives, saving on single use plastic bottles.




Replacing the use of plastic (uPVC) cladding, fascia and soffit board products in construction with timber effect compressed boards made from recycled timber (which can be safely recycled or incinerated at end of life - no adhesives used in manufacture; boards formed by high compression of wood strands to release natural wood resin as the bonding agent).




Replacing the use of plastic (uPVC) guttering and downpipes in construction with galvanised/painted steel products (which can be recycled as standard ferrous metal at end of life, product life expectancy in excess of 70 years).





RECYCLING ISN'T THE ANSWER - IT'S THE LAST RESORT!

The post-war generation were used to "Make do and mend."  Since then, most of use have had "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" drilled into us since childhood.  But of those, Recycling is the only principle that ever really stuck.  

Every day, we buy, use, recycle, and repeat.  And when we take our recyclables to the dump recycling centre, we're confident that we're doing our bit for the environment. 

Unfortunately, it's not that simple. There are limits to recycling, especially when it comes to our high-tech toys.  No electronic device is 100% recyclable. Not the flatscreen TV on your wall. Not the laptop on your desk.  Not even the iPhone in your pocket.

Between 20% and 35% of the material content of a phone is lost when it's shredded and melted down for recycling. The critical rare earth metals essential to every modern gizmo aren't being recycled at all. Recycling is "the best worst solution."  

That's why you should reduce, reuse, and repair.  Recycle only when there's no other option.

More info on http://ifixit.org/