Global recycling day is a day dedicated to highlighting the issues of waste and global warming, and encouraging people to work towards a more circular economy for the sake of our planet.
The theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 is #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognise the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future, which will benefit all.
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise, and celebrate, the importance that recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.
At BOE, we are incredibly climate conscious. We place all of our emphasis on our products being reusable, not disposable. With this in mind, we thought that it would be useful to decode some sustainability and recycling jargon for you. Most people don’t know what recyclable and compostable actually mean, so this easy guide will help you get a grasp on what we are talking about when we say that our fabrics are upcycled and compostable.
Some fun facts about recycling that you didn’t know:
- Recycling cardboard only takes 75% of the energy required to make new cardboard
- One ton of recycled cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space
- Recycling one ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent energy usage of a two person household for one year
- Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times
Sustainable or sustainability, put simply, means meeting our own needs without compromising the planet, environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It’s something that can be continued or a practice that maintains a condition that does not affect any of these three things. An example of sustainable is the practice of reduce, reuse and recycle
Compostable means that a product is capable of disintegrating into natural elements in a compost environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil. For example, non-animal food scraps are compostable.
Biodegradable means anything that is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution. For example, wood and paper products are biodegradable.
Upcycled means any discarded objects or materials that are used in such a way to make a new product in their current state. For example, taking an old chair and adding a new cover to it would count as upcycling.
Recycled/recycling means converting waste into a reusable material. An example of this is plastic being recycled to form new plastic or plastic-based materials.
Organic refers to food/farmed materials that are produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
This recycling day and beyond we urge you to make conscious decisions which will help to have a positive effect on the planet.