Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With the TV on in the background, you're contemplating whether to eat the Bounty's which are stockpiled at the bottom of the chocolate tin - personally my favourite, while the thought of 'de-Christmassing' (that's a new word now) starts circulating your head.

It's very easy you know, just like a creature of habit, to wrap all the decorations up in old newspaper and place back in a box, stored away in the loft until next year. But what do you do with all the Christmas cards? Chuck on the fire, keep them for their sentimental value or throw in your household recycle bin?

If you do the former or the latter, maybe I can persuade you to recycle them somewhere else.

As some of you know, I work for the Woodland Trust which is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, basically tree huggers, who stand up for trees.
(Don't worry this is not an ad, I genuinely believe in this campaign).

Nineteen years ago the Woodland Trust started out a scheme which encouraged the public to recycle their cards in exchange for a tree to be planted. Since then over half a billion cards have been collected and in exchange 245,000 trees planted.
Since 2012 Marks and Spencer's have been helping the Woodland Trust making this even more successful and it is now backed by the likes of Dermot O'Leary, Julia Bradbury and Cerys Matthews to name a few.

'I want to help, what can I do?'

Collect and recycle.
It's as simple as that. No money. No pledging. Just collect.
Collect yours, your neighbours, any Christmas cards you can get your mitts on and drop them off at your local participating M&S store from 2nd January throughout the month.
M&S have pledged that for every 1000 cards collected a tree will be funded by them and planted by the Trust in the UK.

A list of participating stores, along with more information can be found on the Woodland Trust website. Until then, get out there and get collecting.

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