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Woman admits to going through her relative’s bins to take the plastic she isn’t recycling

Eco-warrior is branded ‘insufferable and sanctimonious’ for saying she feels sad that her mother-in-law wraps gifts in glitter paper – and admits she goes through her bin to fish out things she’s not recycled

  • A Mumsnet user admitted to being upset after her in-law used glitter paper
  • The woman confessed to going through mother-in-law’s bins to check recycling
  • Commenters were torn over whether she was disrespectful or in the right


A woman had been branded ‘sanctimounious’ for criticising her mother-in-law for using non-recyclable wrapping paper, and admitted to going through her bins to recycle the plastic she’s just throwing away.

The anonymous woman took to the British parenting forum, Mumsnet, to ask whether she had a right to be upset with her husband’s mother after discovering their presents had been wrapped in non eco-friendly glitter paper. 

She added that her husband will readily go through the older woman’s bins and get frustrated at the amount of non- recyclable items inside.

The recycling enthusiast revealed that she and her husband would bite their tongues about the paper to keep the peace, but would find it difficult.

On her post, titled ‘Am I being unreasonable to feel sad that MIL has wrapped presents in glitter paper?’ commenters were shocked by the lack of respect the couple showed by going through the older woman’s bins. 

Others branded her ‘insufferable’ and told her to ‘get a grip’, but others understood her point of view and said they would feel frustrated too.  

A woman who dislikes her mother-in-law using non environmentally-friendly products has admitted to going through her bins to recycle the plastic she’s just throwing away (stock photo)

She explained that she and her husband often felt the need to go through her bins to check for non-recyclables

She explained that she and her husband often felt the need to go through her bins to check for non-recyclables 

Some advised they shouldn’t focus on the wrapping paper for one day while others said they had an environmental right to be upset.

Speaking of finding the presents the woman said: ‘She knows we try really hard to recycle.

‘We are always finding recyclable plastic in her general waste bin. My DH and I will have to bite our tongues on Xmas day as we scrunch the glitter paper into the bin.

‘I know my husband will want to say something but it will make MIL feel bad and make us look ungrateful. I can’t stand glitter!

Some commenters thought that the couple were picking a fight over nothing and that the couple were terrible for going through her bins

Some commenters thought that the couple were picking a fight over nothing and that the couple were terrible for going through her bins

‘DH tends to look through the top of his mums bin when we’re round, and usually pulls out 5 or 6 plastic items or cans that can be recycled.

‘Mil can’t be bothered which really p****s us off! He does it to make a point of how much she must throw into landfill instead of recycling.’

One commenter was furious at the suggestion that it was sad and tried to put things in perspective, saying: ‘YABU, and a massive hypocrite. Your children are more environmentally damaging to the environment than some glitter paper.’

Another said the couple didn’t sound that eco-friendly themselves, saying: ‘Well, instead of shoving the glitter paper in the bin, you could recycle it for future gifts. I think YABU for nosing in your MILs bin.’

Some commenters thought that ecologically glitter was terrible and the couple had a right to be upset

Some commenters thought that ecologically glitter was terrible and the couple had a right to be upset

A third person said: ‘It’s not ideal, but for goodness sake – it’s one day! Unfortunately you can’t make people think the same way you do, and feeling ‘sad’ is simply ridiculous. Why can’t you re-use it? As for going through her bins – there are no words.’

Others, however, were sympathetic to the couple’s worries, with one person sharing some solutions saying: ‘Can you tell her that you’d rather any presents be unwrapped or put into bags that you can re-use on the day?’

Another agreed that is was a necessary thing to be upset about: ‘I completely agree with you. Glitter should be banned, it’s so ecologically damaging. The best you can do is try and make sure the glitter doesn’t get into the water system.’

A third person said: ‘This would fill me with rage, I know your concerns are environmental and that’s because you’re a better person than I am but I’d never speak to her again due to the fact it takes forever to get rid of the bloody glitter from every surface.’

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