I know that people don’t like to be told that eating meat is damaging our planet, but it is. No diet is impact free – that would be impossible – but some have a smaller impact on the environment than others. Not only that, the unsustainable nature of animal agriculture means millions are going hungry whilst we feed livestock to satisfy the greed of the Western diet. Our diet is something we have complete power over and what we choose to fuel our bodies with can make an enormous impact. Changing what we eat is the single biggest change we can make to be kinder to the planet.
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Recycling can be confusing and because in 2016 the UK generated over 222 million tonnes of waste (12% being household waste), it’s important we get the hang of it. Only 45.7% of household waste was recycled in 2017 even though there is potential for a lot more to be recycled. Recycling reduces the demand for new natural resources and, therefore, protects the environment from further damage caused by extracting the raw materials and processing them (which causes both air and water pollution). Greenhouse gas emissions are also cut when waste is recycled. Current UK recycling saves more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 from being produced along with a large amount of energy. Waste that is sent to landfill produces methane as it breaks down – so increasing recycling rates, reduces the environmental impact of the waste sat in landfill. Since it’s clear that recycling is an important part of protecting our environment, I’ve included what I consider the most important info to simplify everything about recycling.
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