Five Green Things you can do to Save Our Planet

We humans have been destroying our own precious habitat for centuries now. The smog that hangs over our cities is visible from outer space, as are the islands of man-made junk that float in our oceans. As young activists like Greta Thunberg have been imploring us, it is high time we take action before it is too late to reverse the damage done for generations to come. Fortunately, going green has never been simpler and here we have listed five steps you can personally action:

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The Coronavirus Impact on the Environment [Infographic]

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds across the globe, threatening lives and upending the world economy, it’s also had a profound impact on the environment.

Scientists first noticed a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in China, where the pandemic began. This trend followed the pandemic’s spread across the world.

Meanwhile, viral social media posts started to pop up about wildlife sightings in urban areas, claiming “nature just hit the reset button on us.”

Less reported has been the dramatic rise in medical waste and packaging from online shopping.

In this post, we’ll look at the full environmental impact of the COVID-19 crisis to date and what lessons we can take from this tragedy to fight climate change in the future.

Look at the data on the infographic below:

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Sustainable Benefits and Drawbacks to Remote Work

In 2020, remote work went from an occasional perk to a way of life around the globe. While working from home (WFH) has often been touted as a sustainable way to work, as more and more people have engaged in it, it’s shown that, like everything else, it has its sustainability pros and cons.

Here are a few of the biggest considerations when it comes to the eco-friendly nature (or lack thereof) of remote work.

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Recycling Labels Explained [Visual]

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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UK Litter Crisis [+ Visuals]

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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