About paper, plastic, and re-purposing Ikea kitchens... I would never call myself a 'tree hugger' (and I have a PS3, PS4, and too many airmiles to prove that) but even I think sometimes it pays to be smart... either for the environment, or just for the money.
So calling myself a tree hugger would not be entirely correct. In fact, I've been looking at ways to bring down my energy consumption as it is above average, but it is hard to see goodbye to all those electronic gadgets and luxury items. I've taken some steps to reduce energy consumption (and save money).
I also looked at what I throw away, and how I actually dispose of it. Which was a bit of en eye opener...
In the Netherlands we have a few categories for recycling. (This actually differs from town to town.) We don't have as many as we saw during our holiday in Japan (which was amazing).
Some of the items can be handled through regular garbage disposal (like paper, glass, plastic, metal, foodstuff, remainder) and some you need to drop of at special locations (batteries, chemicals, electronics, tires etc.).
So, regardless if I am 'green' or not, I saved (a lot) of money by doing all the works myself, and re-using as much as possible. And I'm damn proud of that kitchen!