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The price of a throw away society

What happens to all the stuff we casually toss into a bin? Charlotte Willis investigates the rubbish reality…

Are you finished with that bar of chocolate? Throw the wrapper in the trash. Broken knick-knacks in your cupboard? Straight into the bin. Cables, coffee cups and cassettes. Anything and everything we don’t need anymore eventually finds its way into one form of waste disposal or another. But what happens to trash when it’s swept, thrown and wheeled away from our households, never to be seen again?

Out of sight, out of mind.

I suppose we are all accustomed to a very 21st century way of living. We buy items every day, most of which are wrapped in packaging that needs to be disposed of. Thousands of us scrap sandwich and coffee containers on a daily basis. We throw out older items that no longer work and clothes that have developed holes. We upgrade our phones, televisions and electronics on a regular basis to keep ahead of tech trends, disposing of our old ones willingly. And we chuck our waste to the curb, like a lazy partner, without any second thought. I suppose we only have ourselves to blame for our throw-away-withoutthought lifestyles. Let’s face it, it’s a lot faster to order a new one on Amazon Prime than try to fix, mend, stitch and repair our damaged goods, right?

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Are you a vegan that's cooking on a budget? This issue is for you! The April edition is packed with dishes that compromise on the cost rather than the flavour. Also, we check out the history of plant milk, get creative with tacos, have fun foraging and discover the top 10 ingredients with medicinal benefits. We've also increased the number of pages in this issue to 132, so there are even more great features for you to check out, including our special eco section. Here you can find out what happens to your waste, we reveal the best way to cut down on plastic and share seven easy eco swaps you can make today. Plus this issue comes with a free meal planner wall chart.