As consumers, everybody generates waste to some extent, and although recycling can give our waste products a new lease of life, reducing the amount of waste we produce as a whole is a significant way of reducing our carbon footprint. That’s not to say that recycling is not an effective way of solving the problem of what to do with leftover packaging, food and goods we no longer require; far from it.
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The food sitting in tins, bottles, cardboard boxes and plastic bags in your cupboards and fridges can have a huge impact on your family’s carbon emissions. Processed convenience food, is the answer for many people who need to get around the problem of a hectic lifestyle, but it has a huge disadvantage; the amount of energy required to produce it. In addition, the amount of additives, preservatives and artificial colours and flavourings contained in a lot of processed food, although being reduced by some manufacturers, is still a consideration when choosing what to buy.