Saving the Environment – Give yourself a pat on the back

DSC_0267In 2017, the global growth of renewable energy was 17%. This is the 14th successive year that growth has been in the double digits. In global power, renewable energy accounts for nearly 50%. This is amazing progress which should be positively recognised.

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This could be because of our everyday efforts, for which we deserve a pat on the back:

The 5p charge on plastic bags brought down usage in major retailers by a whopping 85%. That is 140, down to 25 bags on average per person each year. Here are some really cool ones if you would like to benefit yourself and the environment simultaneously.

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The lower price for coffees in a reusable cup has had a phenomenal effect. Since introducing the 25p discount, well known coffee shop Starbucks recognised a significant 150% increase in reusable cup usage. Also, when Pret increased their discount for reusable cups from 25p to 50p, they saw a ten-fold increase in the use of reusable cups – that is 85,000 drinks in reusable cups every week. Here are some brilliant designs to suit any lifestyle.

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The UK’s recycling rate keeps on increasing, and in 2016 reached a huge 45.2%. this is great because it allows us to conserve natural resources, protect eco systems and wildlife and protect people, to name just a few of the countless reasons to recycle. Here is a brilliant way to recycle seemingly non-recyclable plastic.

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Now, I am not unaware of the looming environmental issues facing the world today. But amidst the negative news coverage of climate change, small but significant changes can sometimes go unnoticed. I am trying to change that. Hopefully I have given you something to smile about today.

Thank you for reading.

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And relax…

Sources

https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy/renewable-energy.html#renewable-power
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/05/drop-in-plastic-bags-littering-british-seas-linked-to-introduction-of-5p-charge
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/have-we-taken-to-using-reusable-coffee-cups_uk_5b278825e4b0f9178a9eefb7?guccounter=1&guce_referrer_us=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrLw&guce_referrer_cs=pdEVyvQuFjN7b5Nj8gz1YQ
https://resource.co/article/uk-recycling-rate-increases-industry-welcomes-methodology-revisions-12431
https://friendsoftheearth.uk/natural-resources/9-benefits-recycling


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