According to a BBC poll, 47% of people report having arguments about what types of plastic can be recycled. The reason for the confusion? There are seven different types of plastic packaging and some are recycled more often than others. Also, due to funding and resources available, each local authority collects and processes recycling waste in different ways.
We’re all used to seeing the 3 arrows in a circular icon (♻️). This is called the mobius loop, and while you might think that this is an indication that the item can be popped in your recycling bin, you’d be wrong. It only means that it could be recycled, but whether that can happen depends on the services your council supply. It’s also worth noting that this symbol is unregulated throughout the industry, meaning that anyone can use it. Which begs the question, can you even trust it at all?
Below is a handy chart of recycling symbols that you can refer back to time and again. Checking the labels for these symbols should be the first step in recycling.
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It’s no secret that sunscreen is important to staying safe under the sun! Unfortunately, the sunscreen that protects us often means “danger” for our friends in the sea.
The National Park Service says 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen is found annually in reef areas. High-traffic areas that host activities like snorkeling and diving are home to higher concentrations of sunscreen than less visited areas. You might be wondering, “Why does this matter?”
Many popular sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone are known to bleach and kill coral reefs. In addition to harming reefs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that sunscreen chemicals cause reproduction, growth and immune system complications for sea wildlife.
Bans on sunscreen with harmful ingredients are already in place in a few areas. However, these ingredients are still present in many popular brands. Unfortunately, grabbing “reef safe” labeled sunscreen doesn’t solve the problem either, as the use of the term “reef safe” isn’t regulated. Instead, you’ll need to know the difference between safe and harmful ingredients yourself.
Below, we dive into well-known toxic sunscreen ingredients and give tips for picking reef-friendly sunscreen.
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Regatta uncover the shocking truth behind the UK litter crisis
The amount of pollution created across the world has been highlighted vigorously over recent years. With the current pandemic now taking up news channels, tabloids and other media outlets, the coverage surrounding the environment around us has taken a back seat, but the topic is still as important as ever.
As countries across the globe went into lockdown, experts revealed that levels of carbon emissions had plummeted, due to the lack of vehicles on the roads and the majority of the aviation industry at a standstill. Although this is encouraging news, the same can’t be said for the amount of litter being dropped in the UK on a daily basis.
Sadly, the UK is facing a litter crisis with popular beauty spots such as beaches, parks and woodland areas being littered with items, causing harm to wildlife and creating an untidy environment. To highlight how severe the UK litter crisis is, Regatta have launched a campaign which looks at the matter in detail. From the amount of litter dropped every second, to the most common types dropped each year, some of their findings can be seen below.
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Intrinsically, living in an apartment is a more sustainable way of living than other modern lifestyles. This is because while living in your apartment, the odds are that you are in a urban center. Living in an urban center means that you’re close by to many things and you don’t need to use as many resources as your other modern lifestyle counterparts do. With that being said, there are still countless ways to make your living arrangement that much more environmentally friendlier! And great news for you, many of them are simple and easy to implement. It doesn’t take much to reduce your ecological footprint and have a greater positive impact on the world.
One example is purchasing and using all-natural cleaning supplies. This is an important step because the cleaning supplies that contain harmful chemicals can find their way into the city’s waterways after they go down your drain. Another example is making the switch to LED light fixtures. With this switch, you’ll be consuming less electricity which means burning fewer resources every time you flip the switch. If you’re planning on furnishing your place, try looking at estate sales or resale shops to rescue pieces from the landfill as opposed to buying new.
Embracing these minor changes goes a long way! For additional tips on going green in your apartment, continue reading the infographic below!
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When summer rolls around each year, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to clean, fix, and replace things around your home. After all, you’ve spent the long, cold winter months cooped up inside, noticing everything that needs work. Now that the warm weather is here, it’s only natural to want to address some of those glaring issues you’ve been staring down for ages.
However, before you dive in, it’s worth taking the time to consider which home projects are going to benefit both yourself as well as the environment we all share. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for summer home projects that will be good for both you and the planet.
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