Latest recycling facts.

Recycling Facts:

  • Across the UK, recycling rates increased from 17% to 34% over the last five years.
  • Between 2003 – 2008, the 33.8 million tonnes of household waste sent for recycling would fill the Royal Albert Hall over 1,000 times.
  • The 30 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent saved is equivalent to taking 9.4 million cars – or one-third of all cars on the road in Britain – off the road for one year. Last year our household recycling alone saved 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 which is the same as avoiding over 1 million return flights from London to Sydney.
  • In total, for the period 2003/04 – 2007/08, the quantity of cans, glass, paper, plastic and textiles recycled was equivalent to the following:
    • 10.1 billion aluminium cans – that’s the comparable to saving 1.6 million tonnes of raw materials and, if laid end-to-end, the cans would stretch to the moon three times.
    • 24.2 billion steel food cans – that’s 21 times the amount of steel used in the construction of Wembley stadium.
    • 9.5 billion 75cl glass wine bottles – that’s equal to saving 5.4 million tonnes of raw materials including silica sand, limestone and dolomite, soda ash and other minerals.
    • 26.1 billion newspapers – that’s equivalent to supplying all men and women in the UK over the age of 15 with one newspaper per day for over two years.
    • 13.5 billion 500ml plastic bottles – like the world’s population recycling two plastic bottles each over the five year period.
    • 2.8 billion square metres of cotton fabric – which if laid out flat would amount to enough material to cover an area the size of London two time.
  • The recycling industry has an annual turnover of approximately £17 billion and contributes around £5.5 billion to the UK economy, while directly and indirectly supporting around 100,000 jobs.
Artcicle by Tracey Smith, Writer/Broadcaster Sustainable Living, Author of The Book Of Rubbish Ideas

Solar car shines on global trip

A solar-powered car has driven all the way around the globe without using a single drop of fuel, except when it had to make sea crossings on board ships.

Louis Palmer finished his journey at the UN climate change conference in Poznan in Poland, after 17 months on the move.

He says he hopes the car will raise awareness about the dangers to the environment.

Watch the BBC video here

A bit different to the solar powered car in Cornwall last year. See here

Long lasting green surf boards

Development of composite materials from sustainable sources.

“It is essential, for the future of not just the UK economy but for the whole of mankind, that sustainable eco-friendly manufacturing methods are developed.”

“Eat my Board! The edible Surfboard is a step closer. World first for Cornwall ! “

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Eco friendly sustainable composite materials