Zero Waste Week: How to reduce your vape waste

Zero Waste Week: How to reduce your vape waste

Melissa Greenlaw

Zero Waste Week is back from today! The annual event aims to encourage individuals, businesses and councils to think about the amount of waste they produce and, ultimately, reduce it. 

We already know that waste production is a global issue, but reducing our impact starts with each one of us in our homes and at work. With big climate disasters becoming increasingly common, it’s no surprise that Zero Waste Week is receiving some extra attention this year.

As well as the many health benefits you’ll enjoy, quitting smoking is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. 

How much waste is caused by cigarettes?

The tobacco industry is well-known for being extremely wasteful. Aside from the chemicals and toxins used in cigarettes, smoking-related litter is the most prevalent form of litter in England, making up 68% of all littered items according to research by Keep Britain Tidy.

They’re also extremely toxic to the environment. Cigarettes contain around 600 additives, used for everything from moisture retention to flavouring the smoke, but most chemicals and toxins are actually formed when tobacco is burned. There's around 7,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke, including 69 carcinogens - the chemicals that cause cancer. 

One cigarette has the power to pollute 40 litres of groundwater, which means that the estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts that are thrown to the floor each year have the potential to pollute 180 trillion litres of water. 

And it’s not just the harmful substances causing problems - the cigarette filters that make their way into our oceans via street drains are causing real harm to marine life. Many people believe they’re biodegradable paper, but they’re actually made of plastic, which takes up to 400 years to degrade in water, and even then they leave behind thousands of microplastic fibres. 

How can I reduce my vape waste? 

Whilst vaping also has its issues due to plastic e-liquid bottles and the batteries used in e-cigarettes, it can be a far more environmentally friendly option if you try to minimise your vape waste. Here’s some easy ways you can do this and our top tips for what you need to look out for. 

Swap the disposables for a rechargeable vape kit 

Disposables are a great option for first-time vapers or as a portable solution for vaping whilst out and about. Unfortunately, they’re the most wasteful way to vape due to the single-use batteries and plastic casing, plus the risk of any remaining e-liquid inside them makes them far more difficult to recycle. 

Rechargeable starter kits aren’t just much more environmentally friendly, they also offer you a much better vaping experience. With a refillable tank, you can choose from thousands of e-liquid flavours and enjoy a much more satisfying vape as these more powerful kits offer a range of features, so it’s easy to find something to suit your exact needs. 

There’s a huge number of vape kits out there to choose from and it can be difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. Basic but high-performance starter kits, like the Aspire Flexus Q, are perfect for new vapers making the switch from smoking. The Flexus Q offers a cigarette-like vaping experience thanks to its flavourful MTL inhale and all-day battery life, making it the perfect first vape kit. 

Dispose of your used vapes and empty e-liquids properly 

One of the easiest things you can do to minimise your vape’s environmental impact is to recycle them properly. Every 888 Vapour store now has recycling bins - one for disposables and one for batteries and rechargeable kits, and you can pop in any time to recycle your old vapes. 

At the very least, you should never litter or leave vape waste on the ground, as the batteries will eventually leak, causing damage to the soil, the water and the wildlife who rely on it. 

Due to the restrictions placed on the size of e-liquid bottles, it’s easy to quickly get through a lot of vape juice. Look out for bottles with PET 1 on the bottom, as these are more widely recyclable.

Buy UK Made E-liquids

The UK is home to many award-winning e-liquid manufacturers, and choosing these vape juices drastically reduces the impact of international transportation. 

We sell a huge range of UK made 10mls and shortfills, and one great example is The Yorkshire Vaper. They offer a wide range of popular collections including The Gaffer, TYV Squared and Eee Bah Gum, so you’re guaranteed to find your new go-to British vape juice on 888 Vapour. 

Use less vape juice & power

We love Sub-Ohm vaping, but it’s no secret that it uses a lot of power and e-liquid, so choosing an MTL kit instead is an easy way to reduce how much vape gear you’re throwing away.

MTL kits are less powerful than Sub-Ohm devices, meaning you won’t burn through as many coils and you’ll use far less e-liquid per vape. Consider reducing how often you Sub-Ohm vape or limit the size of those vapour clouds where possible - it’ll probably save you quite a bit of money too!

Like all things in life, it’s important to strike a balance between enjoyment and making more environmentally friendly choices. Vaping has had an extremely positive impact on public health, but with climate change being an ever-growing issue, it’s important that we all take steps to reduce our vaping footprint.

It’s clear that the vaping industry and policymakers have a lot of work to do in terms of packaging, batteries and manufacturing, but these little changes that we can each make as individual vapers will have a big impact too. 

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