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Why is recycling important?

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Happy Global Recycling Day!

If you are like us and are concerned with the well-being of our planet and looking for a way where you can have a positive impact on the world we live in but unsure of where to start… start with recycling. Recycling plays a fundamental part in preserving and securing the future of our home.

The current world population today stands just under 8 billion and just in the U.K alone we are just shy of 67 million and according to the UK Statistics on waste – February 2019, the UK generated 222.9 million tonnes of total waste in 2016. We produced the equivalent to 111 million blue whales.

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The human race will continue to grow and that means the same for our waste. An individual will add significant waste to the planet over his and her life and that is why it is crucial that we are introducing recycling into our everyday lives.

The amount of rubbish we create is constantly increasing because:
• Increasing wealth means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste.
• Increasing population means that there are more people on the planet to create waste.
• New packaging and technological products are more being developed, much of these products contain materials that are not biodegradable.
• New faster and modern lifestyles such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable such as plastic cutlery and plastic containers.

How recycling helps the Earth:
• Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites, therefore, less waste and more recycling mean less pollution.
• By using recycled and recyclable materials we are helping to protect and maintain our beautiful natural communities and put a stop to deforestation. For example, recycling reduces the need to cut down trees.
• Deforestation contribute to global warming.
• Recycling helps to protect our wildlife and their habitat.
• When using raw materials rather than recyclable materials, the process requires a magnificent amount of energy which is another great contributor to global warming.

How recycling helps people:
• We are running out of space for waste in our landfill sites.
• The economy will save money as it is far more expensive to produce from raw materials.
• By using renewable resources that can or will be replenished naturally in the course of time will help secure the future of our planet.

At Eco To Go Food Packs, we only use biodegradable, compostable and recyclable materials for our products.

The three key practices to remember are:
1. Reduce
2. Reuse
3. Recycle

References
http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/importance.html
http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-waste-data

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