Editor’s letter

How initiatives like Global Recycling Day can help improve our shopping habits

Almost everything we buy and use is just thrown in the bin. Out of sight, out of mind. In reality, it’s all piling up in landfill, writes Emma Henderson

Saturday 20 March 2021 00:00
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<p>We need reminding of what’s at stake for future generations</p>

We need reminding of what’s at stake for future generations

There’s an awareness event for everything, whether it’s a day, a week or a whole month, from World Pasta Day (25 October) to National Pet Month (April). Of course, many of them are easy to get behind: who doesn’t love a cracking bowl of Italy’s greatest export, or relish in the excuse of sharing (more) dog videos? Some are just bizarre though (National Photo Day… we’re looking at you). While others offer a bit more inspiration than simply getting to eat your favourite food, such as Global Recycling Day, which fell on Thursday of this week.

Worldwide, our throwaway culture is costing us. Almost everything we buy and use is just thrown in the bin. Out of sight, out of mind. In reality, it’s all piling up in landfill.

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