UK Waste

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 12.05.2016 | 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 27.04.2016 | 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 19.02.2016 | 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.

If This Is Democracy, It Stinks

Jonathan Guy | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Guy

Recently, I had cause to register an objection about a planning application for a proposed development on the other side of the town in which I live. ...

Can a Derbyshire Town Lead a UK Food Waste Revolution

Trewin Restorick | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

The Swadlincote adventure is launched on Wednesday 27th January and the year ahead promises to be intriguing. If all goes well it could be the Derbyshire town does revolutionise the way the UK address food waste.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

Motocross Track Gets Farm Subsidy: What We Learned From the EU's Auditors

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

From claiming agricultural subsidies for a motocross track as 'arable land' to the curious case of the non-functioning sewerage system in Greece, this year's Court of Auditors' report shows that the European Union remains rotten to the core.

So Selfridges Has Just Banned The Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK

Selfridges has announced it will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution in the oceans. As part of ...

Building a Sustainable Future for Glastonbury

Georgia Elander | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Sixty Young Greens have been invited to camp on Pennard Hill. Our task: create a series of camping villages, live sustainably within them, and encourage members of the public to join us and do the same.

Gift Unwanted Children's Clothes to Help End Clothing Waste

Trewin Restorick | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Trewin Restorick

'From a Mother to Another' is a new campaign that helps parents play a small part in creating a better future for their children. It makes it easy for parents to donate high quality unwanted baby and children's clothing to families in the UK who are most in need.

Scrapping EU Air Pollution and Waste Recycling Laws Would Be Folly

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Later today we will find out for sure if the European Commission is planning on scrapping two vital European laws. When the commission presents it's full 2015 work programme this afternoon it looks very likely that the 'clean air' and 'circular economy (waste)' packages will both be withdrawn.