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10 top tips to reduce waste and recycle

Want to save the planet? Make good choices to help the environment - from saying no to single-use plastics, to choosing eco-friendly ranges of clothing. These ideas are a great place to start... 

Buy a KeepCup

 

Available to buy at John Lewis, the KeepCup is the world's first barista-standard reusable cup. Environmentally friendly, it's made from durable, toughened soda lime glass and non-toxic, BPA-free and BPS-free plastic. The cup, lid and lid plug are all recyclable at the end of the product's life. The cup is designed for use over and over again, driven by KeepCup's aim to reduce the use of disposable cups that are relegated to landfill across the globe.

Choose eco-friendly fashion

 

It's time to be more conscious when filling your wardrobe. We love Monsoon's S.E.W Collection, which is created using sustainable fabric alternatives, including responsibly sourced organic cotton and LENZING™ ECOVERO™, a planet-friendly alternative to viscose. 

Recycle old devices 

 

Turn the device you have into the one you want at the Apple Store! Trade in your eligible device for an Apple Store Gift Card or a refund on your purchase. If it’s not eligible for credit, Apple will recycle it for free. No matter the model or condition, it can be turned it into something good for you and good for the planet. 

Recycle empty beauty products

 

Kiehl's and L'Occitane both offer great recycling schemes at St David's. Return an empty Kiehl's product to our Kiehl's store, or shop using your own reusable bag to receive a stamp on your Recycle & Be Rewarded stamp card. Once you have 10 stamps you can claim 1 complimentary Kiehl's travel sized product. 

At L'Occitane, recycle products from any beauty brand to receive 10% off your purchase. 

Say no to plastic straws

 

Help put a stop to so much plastic ending up in the sea by ditching plastic straws. Many of our restaurants and cafés now serve drinks without straws, or offer paper ones if requested. For example, Wagamama ditched plastic straws at the beginning of 2018, but their fresh juices are still served with a biodegradable paper straw (so you can avoid a Super Green Juice moustache knowing you’re making a greener choice). 

Recycle old garments

 

H&M has been offering a garment recycling service across all stores since 2013. The H&M Garment Collecting programme is a global initiative that works to prevent customers' unwanted clothes from going to landfill. H&M accepts unwanted clothes by any brand, in any condition, at any store, every single day of the year. Simply hand in your bag of old clothes at the cash desk and receive a £5 voucher to use towards your next purchase in store! 

Recycle your coffee capsules

 

Did you know that Nespresso's coffee capsules are fully recyclable? Head to Nespresso at St David's where you'll be provided with a free recyclable bag to put your empties in, then drop off your full bag at the recycling point within the kiosk. The recycled capsules are then reborn as recycled aluminum, which can be re-melted and reused time and time again. 

Re-think food storage 

 

Do away with cling film and plastic sandwich bags and opt for some Bee’s Wrap Reusable Food Wraps from Lakeland instead. Handmade in Vermont from a mixture of organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, these stylish natural substitutes for planet-polluting single-use plastics can be washed and reused again and again, and then composted at the end of their life. 

Exfoliate guilt-free 

 

The use of microbeads has now been banned in the UK - hooray! This means that any face exfoliators or body scrubs you buy will no longer be polluting the oceans with tiny plastics once they've been washed down the drain. We love the range of body scrubs at The Body Shop, which buff away old skin, leaving limbs feeling luxuriously soft and smooth. 

Recycle plastic by the shark 

 

If you do need to dispose of a single-use plastic item while you're at St David's, please use one of our recycling bins to prevent it ending up in landfill. There are bins located next to our shark this summer!