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nats



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 10 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Apparently we are now going to get loads more junk mail from royal mail as well. Should we all take that to the sorting centre or mail it back or something?? I'm so tempted to put it in a large bag and post it to head office with no stamp on and no return address!

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
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Location: Earth
PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 10 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Every week I have a large plastic box full of junk mail for recycling. It lives behind the front door so I just put it straight in it, and most weeks it's at least half full. It's ridiculous.

Could save it up and mail it back to Royal Mail, I like that idea!

mark



Joined: 14 Jul 2005
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 10 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I love supermarket carrier bags - everyone gets re-used - saves me buying bin liners - and i use them for everything from wrapping picknics to seperating dirty socks while on holiday.

They always struck me as the ultimate re-usable and I never saw why people focussed on them as a symbolic item while ignoring the massively wasteful individual packing on supermarket items.

Usually the higher up the supermarket poshness scale they go go the worse it gets - a piece of meat in a metal foil tray - with celephane lid - then wrapped in a multicoloured printed cardboard sleeve!

Now that is what we should have been campaining about - some people need to learn to distinguish between food and a glossy magazine!

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 10 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

my mum has started to collect junk mail with pre paid envelopes and when they mount up she puts other companys junk mail into the envelopes and puts it in the post i thought she had lost the plot but reading this thread maybe not.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 10 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mark wrote:
I love supermarket carrier bags - everyone gets re-used - saves me buying bin liners - and i use them for everything from wrapping picknics to seperating dirty socks while on holiday.

They always struck me as the ultimate re-usable and I never saw why people focussed on them as a symbolic item while ignoring the massively wasteful individual packing on supermarket items.

Usually the higher up the supermarket poshness scale they go go the worse it gets - a piece of meat in a metal foil tray - with celephane lid - then wrapped in a multicoloured printed cardboard sleeve!

Now that is what we should have been campaining about - some people need to learn to distinguish between food and a glossy magazine!


Quoted in entirity for truth! How often do you see products with three layers of wrapping go into cotton bags, which are then dumped in the back of 4x4s for the half mile journey home? Verges on hypocrisy or, at least, not getting the point!

Carrier bags aren't that big a deal if you use them over and over, and as often as not you can raid the supermarket carrier bag recycling box even if you're not shopping there.

Its staggering how much wrapping even the simplest of products have in supermarkets; yes, you can for sure leave wrapping at the checkout, some of it at least, but a better option is to shop somewhere with less wrapping.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 10 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

cab wrote:
... a better option is to shop somewhere with less wrapping.


yay! My opinion exactly. we're very lucky here: no Supermarket for 15 miles (nearest), just a wonderful independent grocers 7 miles away: they don't buy carrier bags, take used ones in for customers to reuse, everything they bag themselves is in a plain cellophane bag, they use paper bags (if you need one!)...

I'll be popping into Sainsbury's in Shrewsbury this afternoon (because I'm going to the flicks) for 2 or 3 things, but I'll take a bag with me and the things I want aren't overpacked to start with so I don't feel bad. First time I've been there this year.

Jools



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 10 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just a word of warning about buying supermarket loose veg, it's often more expensive per kilo than buying the pre-packed version.

And as an ex-checkout worker, the problem with placing loose veg on the scales is that when you try to weigh it, things roll about and the scales don't like things moving about on them. It would be better if the scales were bowl shaped to contain the stuff, but as they're now incorporated into the till area, that would make it tricky.

Cobnut



Joined: 29 Aug 2008
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Location: North Herefordshire
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 10 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

nats wrote:
Apparently we are now going to get loads more junk mail from royal mail as well. Should we all take that to the sorting centre or mail it back or something?? I'm so tempted to put it in a large bag and post it to head office with no stamp on and no return address!


If you contact Royal Mail you can opt out of receiving junk mail
https://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=400126&mediaId=500081
I emailed them a week or so ago and Iíve not heard from them yet though

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 10 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The problem with opting out of the junk mail that the postie sorts is that you don't get things like stuff from your local council. It's not just repacement windows and insurance.

Anura



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I saw some individual croissants in ASDA which were in their own little individual boxes! I ask you! Sorry that should have been a question mark?
Hmm, I assumed that loose veg was cheaper, will have to check.

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 10 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Anura wrote:
Hmm, I assumed that loose veg was cheaper, will have to check.


it usually is, but not always, so worth checking.

JohnB



Joined: 09 Jul 2005
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Location: Beautiful sunny West Wales!
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 10 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Anura wrote:
Hmm, I assumed that loose veg was cheaper, will have to check.

CKs supermarket in Newcastle Emlyn has recently had mushrooms in a plastic carton at a few pence a kilo less than loose!

Aeolienne



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: Leamington Spa, Warks
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 11 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Bernie66 wrote:
I get odd looks when I dump loose veg on the conveyer belt and decline the little pointless plastic bags. And even stranger looks when it all gets chucked loose into a rucksack

Sometimes you have to be quick before some pesky kid packs your shopping into carrier bags and insists on getting paid for it because it's all in aid of their school's jolly junket to the Third World. In my day we never went anywhere further afield than Europe...

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 11 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

To Europe?
You were lucky....

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 11 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

My plastic carrier bags get re-used and re-used before they meet their end as rubbish-bags for the wheeliebin.

Foraging bags
Freezer bags
Bags for packing stuff in separately when travelling
Re-used as shopping bags
Binbags for wheeliebin
Liners for wastepaper baskets, especially in the bathroom
Storage bags

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