This year’s Earth Day 2021 is all about the theme ‘Restore Our Earth.’
One of the ways we can help to do that is by making changes to how we consume things and reduce waste.
Cutting the amount of waste we throw away, together with re-using or recycling what we already have means
- Less waste ending up in nature and the marine environment
- Reduced need to use raw materials
- Fewer greenhouse gas emissions
Below are 10 things you can do to cut down on waste and help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
- Reduce your waste
- Recycle as much as possible
- Have a springtime declutter and see how much you can donate, sell or re-use
- See if it can be repaired before buying a new one; learn how to fix things
- Pull the plug on plastic and buy plastic-free
- Buy second-hand in pre-loved and vintage stores
- Give clothes a new life
- Reduce food waste and use up leftovers
- Take part in community composting
- More tips to reduce your carbon footprint
The council recently joined nine other partners from England and France to reduce the creation of waste. BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy, funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, is the first of its kind. It will provide practical solutions for designing out waste and pollution by reusing, repairing and recycling existing resources.
This will build on the work Brighton & Hove is doing to create a Circular Economy Routemap for the city.
Circular economy principles are based on moving away from the ‘throw-away society’ to one that minimises waste and pollution. It keeps products and materials in use for as long as possible and supports the protection of natural resources.
Brighton & Hove declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2018 and has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.