Dressing up for Halloween has moved on from re-using holey bed sheets – it’s now a (haunted) cottage industry. Last year the UK spent £510 million on costumes and ended up throwing some seven million outfits in the bin.
To tackle the problem the environmental charity Hubbub today launched its #SewSpooky campaign to bring old costumes back from the dead – aiming to save some of the 300,000 tonnes of clothes that get sent to landfill every year.
The UK government has targeted zero avoidable waste going to landfill by 2050 and confirmed plans for a Waste and Resources Strategy in its long-awaited Clean Growth Strategy yesterday, detailing its plans for a low-carbon future for the UK.
The UK’s waste and resources sector has been upgraded to a ‘high risk’ environmental policy area on Greener UK’s Brexit Risk Tracker, as Defra admits that the UK is likely to miss 2020 recycling targets.
Increased refurbishment and remanufacture in the European furniture sector could create up to 157,000 jobs and save around six million tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to a study by the European Environmental Bureau.
Three days of expert discussion and presentations covered a lot of waste and resources ground at the RWM Conference in Birmingham this week. Here’s a snapshot of some of the things that we picked up wandering the show floor.
Ethical smartphone manufacturer Fairphone has issued a challenge to the dominant approach of tech giants by announcing the first upgradeable smart phone modules in a bid to improve product sustainability and reduce waste.
The Prospecting Secondary Materials in the Urban Mine and Mining Wastes (ProSUM) project is set to launch the first Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform to increase the recovery of WEEE, end-of-life vehicles, batteries and mining wastes.