7 million tonnes of food and drink goes in the bin. Cutting out food waste create the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. WRAP

83per cent of sofas are not re-used. Just doubling the number of sofas re-used, could save 52,000 tonnes of CO2 WRAP

Between 25-40% of UK fruit and vegetable crops are rejected by supermarkets and end up in landfill. Tristram Stuart

Between 2012 and 2020 an estimated £7 billion of precious metal will be sent to landfill in the UK’s electronic waste WRAP

12 billion pounds worth of useable food is wasted in the UK - or about 20 million tonnes. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK suffer from malnutrition. Tristram Stuart

Nearly 25 per cent of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that's taken to landfill could be reused , worth around £200m gross a year. WRAP

The average family throws away £50 of good food every month WRAP

 

Towards the Circular Economy

ellen mcarthur

International sailor  Ellen MacArthur first realised that we needed to rethink our relationship with the planet when she saw the abandoned whaling stations in South Georgia, an industry destroyed by exploitation and greed.  Her response has been to set up the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which is working for a Circular Economy where materials are reused again and again.  The Foundation’s recent research shows that adopting zero waste would  save industry at least £220 billion in Europe.     Find out what inspired Ellen to give up competitive sailing and work for the Circular Economy here. Read her Foundation’s report  Towards the Circular Economy.

 

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