Session 2 RUBBISH AND SHOPPING
BRONZE - quick solutions! SILVER – stepping it up!
GOLD – go for it! PLATINUM – do big things!
Avoid packaged goods – BRONZE
Rent or borrow – BRONZE
If it’s broken, try to fix it – BRONZE
Reduce junk mail – SILVER
Use all the food you buy – PLATINUM
Reduce rubbish by 1 black bin bag per week – PLATINUM
Reusable bags – BRONZE
Reuse packaging then recycle it – BRONZE
Use rechargeable batteries – BRONZE
Donate unwanted items – SILVER
Clothes swap – GOLD
Recycle as much as you can – BRONZE
Compost your food and garden waste – SILVER
4. Consumer power
Avoid buying bottled water – BRONZE
Choose recycled clothes – BRONZE
Eat less meat – GOLD
Eat local, in-season produce – PLATINUM
Grow your own – PLATINUM
Don’t buy more. Do things – PLATINUM
Eat fruit and vegetables in season http://www.eatseasonably.co.uk
Information is from ecoteams site for registered members http://www.ecoteams.org.uk/
You are advised to check the live web sites for more up to date information. Christine 18/7/10
FACTS AND FIGURES 1 tonne = 1,000kg 0.5 tonne = 500kg
The average carbon footprint per person in the UK is 10 tonnes ie 10,000kg (from Climate Change Wales)
Methane (from decomposting rubbish) – green house gas about 25 times more potent than CO2.
Rubbish per home per year 500kg (0.5 tonne).
90% of contents in average household bin can be recycled or composted.
30% organic, 33% paper & card, 3% textiles, 8% metal, 6% glass, 7% plastics, 9% misc, 4% fines.
⅔ household rubbish still goes to landfill, 25% being recycled or composted, remainder incinerated.
Over last 30 years the amount of rubbish sent to landfill in UK reduced by around 25% (ESA)
16% of the money you spend on an average product pays for the packaging. £472 average amount that people spend on packaging per year.
Household food waste thrown away over 100kg per person/year (6.7 million tonnes for UK).
One tonne of food waste emits 4.5 tonnes of CO2.
Eat all food bought each year, & compost food waste, save 550kg of CO2 per year.
Stop good food going to waste – save over £420 on food bills. (presumably per person?)
2008 UK packaging waste thrown away 10.7 million tonnes.
Limit wrapped goods, save 208kg CO2 per year.
Stop receiving junk mail, save 104kg CO2 per year.
Reusable bags, save 23 kg CO2 per year.
Reuse packaging then recycle it, save 21kg CO2 per year.
Around 600 million UK household batteries – 22,000 tonnes, the equivalent weight of 110 jumbo jets – are sent to landfill every year. Only 1,000 tonnes of batteries used are recycled.
Average UK household uses 21 batteries a year, all of which could be recycled.
Donate unwanted items, save 144kg CO2 per year (based on giving away 5kg of unwanted things each month)
Clothes swap. save <500kg CO2 per year
Recycle all you can, save around 300kg CO2 per year .
- Recycle electronic goods: 72kg (one piece electronic equipment per year)
- Recycle paper & cardboard: 65kg
- Use home recycling service: 62kg
- Use local recycling service: 62kg
- Recycle plastic waste: 20kg
- · Recycle glass waste: 20kg
Recycling aluminium can save 95% of the energy used in producing a new can.
Household waste, as much as 60% is biodegradable.
By 2005, approx how many PCs had been sent to landfill? 150 million. And what % were still fully functioning? 90%.
Compost food and garden waste, save 230kg CO2 per year.
Plastic bottles save 4.86kg CO2 per year
Bottled water Over two billion litres sold in UK every year – filling Wembley Stadium twice over.
Average cost 95p per litre, nearly as much as petrol, around 1,000 times the cost of tap water.
Import approx 25% of the bottled water consumed in the UK from France.
It takes 162g of oil and seven litres of water to manufacture a one-litre bottle
In 2007 13 billion plastic bottles were sold in UK. (Only one in five plastic bottles is recycled). This requires more than 7.5 million barrels of oil a year, enough to fuel half a million cars for a year.
Bottled water from France leads to 240 times more CO2 than UK tap water.
Bottled water, save 5kg of CO2 each year (if reduce bottled water consumed by 1l per day). Tap water costs less than a penny, so you could save around £50 too.
Recycled clothes CO2 saving per year: depends on the amount of clothes you buy
Eat less meat, saving 430kg CO2 per year
Production of 1kg beef creates about 13kg of CO2, the same as burning 6 litres of petrol.
Production of 1kg butter creates about 24 kg CO2 .
Limiting meat and dairy consumption can reduce chances of contracting cancer and heart disease, which are responsible for 570 deaths a day in the UK.
Scientists agree that with current exploitation rates many important fish stocks will be removed from the system within 25 years. Up to 25% of fish caught are discarded. Farmed fish are not much better as most fish farms rely on ocean-caught fish to feed their stock.
Growing your own, save 2 tonnes + CO2 saving per year
Don’t buy more, do things save 1 tonnes + CO2 saving per year