Top 10 Recycling Trends in 2018

As recycling trends begin to take hold around the world and we collectively work together to reduce our carbon footprint, it is important for every one of us to play their part. Nowadays more and more household and office items are getting a recycling upgrade. To help you keep abreast of the latest developments, we've compiled this list of the 15 most interesting and inspiring ideas. With everything from toilet paper and nappies to pantyhose and dentures getting a facelift, you're sure to find something to inspire your own baby steps toward a zero-waste lifestyle. 

So, without further ado, here are the latest trends in recycled goods making a big impact:

Toilet paper
Also known as “family cloths”, these are reusable, washable, and fit well with an eco-conscious lifestyle. Simply drop the clothes in the wash, and you are good to go again and again.

Wine corks
Of the many things in your household, now you can collect your wine corks and put them to good use, too. Companies such as ReCork recycle them to build flooring tiles, soil conditioner, craft and other useful materials.

Pet fur
A non-profit company, Matter of Trust, uses donated pet fur to create oil-absorbing hair mats. The company diverts waste fibres into useful products to clean our collective waterways.

World’s first, an airport in Southampton UK, has installed gum recycling bins for used chewing gums. The donated gums are processed and repurposed to make toys, tires, mobile phone covers, and other useful materials.

Did you know? A baby uses up to 6,000 nappies before being potty trained? Combating this problem is Knowaste, a system that breaks down used nappies into different components, and then sterilises, filters and cleans them for useful purposes.

Glasses, hearing aids and prosthetic limbs
You can mail your old reading glasses, sunglasses, hearing aids and prosthetic limbs to various organisations, who will distribute them to disadvantaged people in third-world countries. 

You would never guess what a company like No Nonsense can do with old nylon pantyhose. Powdered pantyhose material is used to build park benches, playground amenities and even carpets!

Don’t laugh! Even dentures can be donated and recycled now. Japan has a program that accepts donated dentures to remove the valuable gold and silver metal used. The proceeds are then donated to UNICEF and other charities.

The Bra Recyclers re-use old bras to support various communities worldwide. You can send your old, new, slightly flawed and unfashionable bras to them and they'll find a good home. 

Don’t hold on to your old mobile phone, radio, microwave, computer as a backup anymore. Recycle these items so all their valuable components can be re-used before they go obsolete.