Global Recycling Day is the perfect time to learn more about recycling, upcycling products and the impact we are having on our planet and its wildlife. This day is to raise awareness around waste and what we can do to positively impact global warming, by embracing recycling and biodegradable options while reducing waste.
Many countries around the world are taking the initiative, with SDG 17, which stands for sustainable development goals. Many countries, including the UK, have pledged to be greener and aim for more sustainable living, with specific targets they want to reach by the year 2030 such as renewable energy goals and making water cleaner.
Learning more about recycling, why it is so important and ways in which you can make a difference on a personal level, is one of the best ways to celebrate Global Recycling Day in 2021.
This chart by COMEXT shows the amount of plastic exported by countries in the EU and the countries that they go to. This shows how recycling in the UK can benefit countries on the other side of the world.
The Importance of Recycling
We are having a huge impact on our planet and as populations are growing in many countries, the amount of things we produce is only looking to increase. Recyclable goods have now been dubbed the ‘seventh resource’ as it is thought up to 80% of what we throw away could be recycled. One of the main takeaways of Global Recycling Day is that recycling is a resource that needs to be utilised further.
Our food packages, old clothes and broken phones and laptops, all add up, having a knock-on effect on our environment. Our landscapes, plants and wildlife are all being affected by our actions due to pollution and waste, but by embracing recycling, we can all make a difference. Recycling is just one positive way we can tackle global warming and reduce our detrimental impact on the environment.
Recycling can come in many forms and can be as simple as using reusable coffee cups. Most of us are most familiar with recycling waste products in our homes and sorting out tin cans from cardboard, but upcycling is another fantastic way to embrace preloved items and do your bit for the planet.
What Is Upcycling?
Upcycling is a way to reuse any sort of item that would otherwise be thrown away and replaced. Instead of embracing fast fashion and consumerism, it is all about getting creative and finding value in modifying, taking apart, rebuilding or sewing old items into incredible new items.
We live in a culture that encourages us to throw away clothes and old furniture and buy new ones when they could so easily be upcycled and used again. Often upcycling involves adding more value and making something even better than it was before and many upcyclers get creative with paint, woodwork and crafts.
Ways to Celebrate Global Recycling Day
Global Recycling Day is on March 18th in 2021 and you can do your part in many different ways to help celebrate it. This could be as simple as becoming more aware of the issues behind why recycling is needed and how waste is affecting our planet, its people and wildlife. For example, recycling saves over 700 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and it takes 500 years for plastic to fully decompose, even the recyclable kinds.
Choose Recyclable and Biodegradable Options
As well as awareness, you could do your part by recycling more and opting for products that have biodegradable packaging and reducing the amount you waste. All of these actions really do add up and will significantly reduce your personal carbon footprint, not to mention it will encourage brands to do their part and go greener too.
Upcycle and Reuse
Another great way to celebrate Global Recycling Day is to try upcycling if you need something, or if you just want to get creative with something you might normally have thrown away. From making old pieces of wood into stylish crates or new garden furniture, adding a splash of ceramic paint to decorate old plates or reupholstering your living room furniture or creating cushions out of your old clothes, the possibilities are endless.
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