Schools play a vital role in promoting responsible practices within local communities, yet many produce a shocking amount of waste.
Every primary school pupil in the UK produces an estimated 45kg of waste per academic year, while secondary school pupils generate 22kg.
Notably, 70% of the waste in school bins comprises food waste, paper, and card materials.
Despite the potential for recycling, just 20% of the food, paper, and card waste in schools is currently being recycled.
Let’s hit the books and explore how your school can reduce paper waste and increase recycling to boost its eco credentials and academic budget long-term.
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Food waste is a growing concern for the hospitality and food service industry in the UK. Every year, these sectors discard a staggering 1.1 million tonnes of food, amounting to a value of £3.2 billion.
Not only does this waste have a detrimental effect on businesses, but it also poses a significant threat to the environment.
Food waste accounts for 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting its undeniable environmental impact.
While some establishments are actively working to minimise waste to safeguard their finances and the planet, a new trend is emerging in the UK: zero-waste restaurants.
Since the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant opened in Brighton in 2014, these innovative dining establishments have steadily gained popularity.
Let’s work up an appetite as we discover what zero-waste means, how a zero-waste restaurant operates, and where you can experience one.
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Glitter is attractively sparkly and adds a touch of magic to many corners of our lives — from fashion and greetings cards to festivals and crafting.
While it’s undeniably pretty, glitter’s impact on the environment has become a hot topic in the broader conversation on sustainability.
Let’s shine a spotlight on glitter and see how this snazzy product has become a glaringly obvious problem for the planet.
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