National Recycling Week runs from September 20-26th this year with the theme of ‘Step It Up this Recycle Week’. This theme has been chosen to rally a movement in combating the Climate Crisis.
The significance of this week will resonate with many of us with an interest in going green and living a more sustainable life, in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) which is taking place between October 31st and November 12th, with the aim being to bring the entire world together to tackle climate change head on.
The goals of the conference are to secure global net zero by mid-century and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees C, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilise climate finance to secure global net zero and work together to meet the challenges of the crisis, finalising the Paris Rulebook and accelerating action through collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society.
It can be quite easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale and size of this very real existential crisis, but swapping your climate anxiety for climate action can help you feel more empowered and a little more in control.
Remember that, each of us is just one person, we can make all make significant impact just through seemingly small actions. One action can help to educate and inspire others to do the same.
So what can we do to be more eco-conscious this Recycling Week? The good news is that there’s all sorts of steps we can take to live more sustainably and reduce our impact on the planet.
The kitchen is a great place to begin if you’re looking to make an immediate impact, as there are a variety of different things you can do in this part of the house, whether that’s composting your food waste so you’re sending less to landfill, reducing the amount of food you waste in the first place or even eating less meat and fish.
Prioritising recycling is also a very easy way to secure yourself a quick eco-friendly win, so if you know you could do more in this regard, perhaps make this a focus. Investing in different coloured recycling pedal bins can help make the job a lot easier for you and the rest of the family. Before you know it, you’ll be a recycling superhero!
Shopping locally for your food is another great way to immediately reduce your carbon footprint, as it means what you have on your plate hasn’t travelled very far to get there. And you’re also helping to support local businesses and give back to the local community – so it’s a win-win for all.
We’d love to hear what you’ve been doing at home to go green and be more sustainable, so please do get in touch to let us know what you’ve been up to