UK Waste

Coffee Cup Recycling Culture

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Even though Brits are known as a nation of tea drinkers, you certainly love your coffee too! Yet more often than not it's always 'to-go' with few choosing to sit down in a café to enjoy. This culture sees more than seven million cups of coffee purchased a day - and as well as a caffeine hit, this packs an environmental punch too.

Have We Reached Peak Recycling?

Ollie Boesen | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Ollie Boesen

Last week was the first time that most of us will have ever heard of Henderson Island. Part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands group, the uninhabited World Heritage site lies 5,000km from the nearest human life in the middle of the South Pacific.

This 22-Year-Old Has An Ambitious Plan To Clean Up The World's Oceans

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Tech

A foundation working to clean up the world’s oceans is set to start by tackling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the first half of next year. The ...

Caterpillars Could Be The Answer To Getting Rid Of Plastic Shopping Bags

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Tech

Scientists think they have discovered a way that humans may be able to begin to tackle plastic waste on a mass scale, after finding a worm that is abl...

Greenpeace Reveals 'Breath-Taking' Number Of Plastic Bottles Coca-Cola Makes

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK

Coca-Cola has been accused of “refusing to take responsibility” for its environmental impact by producing more than 100 billion throwaway plastic ...

Here's Why 235 Million Items Of Clothing Will End Up In Landfill Sites In The UK This Year

The Huffington Post | Susan Devaney | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Style

Recycling our food waste has now become commonplace in homes across the country, but doing the same with our clothing has yet to catch on. An estimate...

UK Families Are Throwing Away £3.2bn Of Food Each Month

Simon Greenwood-Haigh | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Greenwood-Haigh

Education needs to account for some of the solution and food activists Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall are pushing the agenda by launching a War on Waste and bringing Wonky Veg to the fore. We need to re-define what is meant by waste or 'not fit for human consumption'.

The Environmental Impact Of Clothing

Sam Williams | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Style
Sam Williams

Christmas is approaching fast, the high streets are alive with shoppers, and presents are mounting up ready to be wrapped. Among the most popular of gifts are clothes; after all, we love to look good. But, do we really need them?

A Consumerist's Christmas

Sam Williams | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

It's that time of year again. The mountain at the back of the house is powdered with snow, and silence fills the village. My grandparents are in the k...

Millennials - The Generation Of Waste

Sam Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Growing up, I remember faulty appliances being fixed by either my grandad or at a local repair shop - where a man with a never-ending array of tools would get the job done. We bought when we needed, not when we wanted. We wasted nothing. And I'm not talking about the middle of the 20th Century; I grew up in the late 90's.

Less Is Always More With Christmas Presents

Ian M Pindar | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian M Pindar

From a monetary point of view, unwanted presents have to be the biggest waste at yuletide, and then add the stress of actually buying something 'possibly' desired, interesting, useful, etc. At least the excesses of food gluttony, the nuclear winner panic buying can be composted, most presents end up in a life-laundry-hide-and-seek-game; some may make it under the wire to a charity shop.

This Foldable Coffee Cup Is Great News For The Planet (And Mornings)

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In the UK, more than seven million paper cups are sold every day from coffee shops - many of which contain non-recyclable parts. After being used, mos...

Brits Waste 25 Billion Hours Each Year On Social Media Snooping, Animal Videos And Selfies

Jackie Leiper | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jackie Leiper

A study from Scottish Widows has revealed that Brits waste a staggering 25 billion hours each year - that's around 80 minutes each, per day - on things like browsing social media, taking selfies and watching funny animal videos online.

Give Coffee Cups #1MoreShot

Trewin Restorick | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

This summer the celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall launched a highly publicised campaign announcing that 99% of the 2.5 billion coffee cups us...

Billions Of Coffee Cups Could Take 30 Years To Break Down

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Tech

The billions of takeaway cups discarded by British coffee drinkers every year will each take up to 30 years to decompose, according to experts. Scient...

Why I Think We Should All Recycle LESS For Recycle Week

Jen Gale | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Jen Gale

It feels wrong to be advocating recycling less. And especially during Recycle Week, when I feel like I should really be championing recycling and encouraging everyone to recycle as much as they can. And don't get me wrong. I am a big supporter of recycling, and an advocate of recycling. But only if we've explored all the other options in the 'Waste Hierarchy' first.

This Woman Can Fit All The Rubbish She's Made In Three Years In A Single Jar

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK

From the woman who can fit every bit of rubbish she’s produced in three years into a single jar, to the cafe using ‘Jesus water’ to clean its ki...

The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the Point?

Jen Gale | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Jen Gale

Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.

British Coffee Drinkers Start Demanding Recyclable Cups After Hugh's War On Waste

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has prompted Britons to demand major high street coffee chains provide recyclable coffee cups, after a BBC programme docum...

Coffee Companies Have 'Taken The Public For Idiots' On Recyclable Cups, Says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has slammed major coffee companies for “taking the public for idiots” over recyclable coffee cups. The chef and campai...

Coffee Cups: The Unfiltered Story

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

The takeaway coffee habit is now part of most people's lives. What people didn't previously realise is that of the seven million coffee cups used each day in the UK, only 1% of them are recycled. People think they are recyclable, and technically they are - but it is too difficult and expensive to separate the inner plastic membrane from the cardboard, and so they end up in landfill or are incinerated.

Thought Leadership

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

I can think of 29 billion reasons why the UK needs to adopt the circular economy, and urge businesses to realise this is our Galileo moment. The world is round and the circular economy is no longer just a theory, it's happening here and now, and it should be top of the agenda in every boardroom in the country.

Think for Yourself: Why Being a Jobsworth Is Bad for the Planet

Jemma Moran | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Jemma Moran

Image: pixabay.com "I'm not allowed to do that" is a phrase that I seem to be hearing all too often these days. You might hear it in a range of frust...

This Man Wants To Power All Of London's Buses Using Coffee Grounds

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.04.2016 | UK

“I’m the most boring person to sit next to at dinner parties,” Arthur Kay jokes about his obsession with waste. Specifically, he’s interested ...

The Elephant in the Wardrobe

Trewin Restorick | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Style
Trewin Restorick

The fashion industry flourishes on creativity, innovation, beauty and glamour. It is also an industry addicted to speed. New ranges hit the high street at ever increasing rates meeting a huge consumer demand for the latest trends.