In the UK it is estimated that we drink around 70 million cups of coffee per day and 2/3 of us tend to buy from coffee shops rather than make our own at home. It is estimated that if you placed all the paper cup used in the UK in one year end-to-end, they would go around the world 5 and ½ times! While this trend is good for our highstreets, in 2012 the estimated turnover for coffee shops was £5.8 billion, there is a growing environmental issue. Less than 1% of paper cups are being recycled, with most ending up in landfill.

 

One of the main issues is with the composition of the cups themselves. As they are made from a combination of paper and plastic, they have to undergo special treatment in order to separate the paper for recycling. At the moment there are only 2 facilities in the UK that can do this process, and while they are hoping to expand in the next few years, they are currently struggling to meet the demand.

 

This composition also makes the cups difficult to sort when recycling. Due to the plastic liner they cannot be placed in paper recycling and they aren’t always filtered correctly when mixed recycling is sorted. There is also an issue with contamination, as items often need to be clean and dry before they are recycled. This sometimes means that even if the cups are put in the correct recycling bin, they still end up in landfill.

 

There have been calls from campaigners for a tax on disposable cups, similar to the one introduced on plastic bags in October, as a way of encouraging the use of reusable cups. However the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released a statement that there are currently no plans for a tax.

 

One of the easiest ways to tackle this issue is to use a reusable cup when ordering take-away coffee. Starbucks has even introduced a 25p discount on drinks if you bring your own cup (and it doesn’t have to be Starbucks branded!). There are many types of reusable cups available to buy in high street and online stores, which many people claim even help improve the flavour of the coffee!

 

Sources:

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35840916

British Coffee Association: http://www.britishcoffeeassociation.org/about_coffee/coffee_facts/

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/15/coffee-cup-britons-3-billion-so-few-recylced

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/16/takeaway-coffee-cups-recycle-environment-waste

Simply Cups: http://www.simplycups.co.uk/

Starbucks: http://www.starbucks.co.uk/customer-service/faqs/coffeehouse

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/drinks/disposable-coffee-cups-tax-whats-the-solution-to-all-this-waste/

The UK government is aiming to have all schools classed as ‘sustainable schools’ by 2020, meaning that through lessons and day-to-day school life pupils are engaged with the environment and sustainability. Individual schools are responsible for the ways in which they achieve this, but help from local councils or other organisations is sometimes available.

 

Several London councils, including Croydon, Richmond and Sutton, are encouraging schools to join the Eco-Schools programme, which is an international award programme that helps schools embed sustainability into many aspects of school life. They provide resources and advice on how a school can become more sustainable and recognise improvements through a series of awards. Many councils also offer free recycling collection, helping schools to increase their recycling rates and engage pupils with recycling.

 

Beyond the economic and environmental benefits of becoming more sustainable, studies conducted by Ofsted have even shown a link between schools promoting sustainability and pupils getting better marks and becoming more engaged across many lessons.

 

The UK government has written a list of tips to make schools more sustainable, which is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/187037/DFE-32056-2012.pdf

 

Sources:

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2013/jun/17/energy-efficiency-sustainability

Eco-Schools: http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/aboutecoschools

Carbon Trust: https://www.carbontrust.com/resources/guides/sector-based-advice/schools/

 

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Movie ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ was released in July 11, 2017 in genre Action. Matt Reeves was directed this movie and starring by Andy Serkis. This movie tell story about Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

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Country : France, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Production Company : Canal+, Studio Canal, Warner Bros., Syncopy, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Kaap Holland Film.
Language : English, Français.
Runtime : 106
Genre : Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War.

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Country : United States of America.
Production Company : Morgan Creek Productions.
Language : English.
Runtime : 139
Genre : Drama, Music.

‘All Eyez on Me’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in June 12, 2017. Benny Boom was directed this movie and starring by Demetrius Shipp Jr.. This movie tell story about All Eyez on Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against insurmountable odds, Tupac rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.

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Runtime : 98
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‘Before I Fall’ is a movie genre Drama, was released in March 3, 2017. Ry Russo-Young was directed this movie and starring by Zoey Deutch. This movie tell story about Samantha Kingston has everything. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. Trapped into reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was.

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Writer : John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Jon Watts, Erik Sommers, Chris McKenna, Christopher D. Ford.
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Release : July 5, 2017
Country : Germany, United States of America.
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is a movie genre Action, was released in July 5, 2017. Jon Watts was directed this movie and starring by Tom Holland. This movie tell story about Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City, with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.

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This December around 190 nations will be gathering in Paris to set a new agreement on greenhouse carbon emissions targets from 2020 onwards. It will be the 21st Conference of the Parts or COP 21 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) forged as a result of Rio 1992 Conference on Environment and Development.

Across the 20th century and the beginning of this 21st century, our economic activities and daily lives have been basing on petrol and its derivatives, whereas carbon and petrol being our main fuels, or plastics and petrol-based products being present in almost all the elements we use. Our economies have been very highly carbon-dependent ones.

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In particular, the energy sector accounts for almost a fourth of the total greenhouse carbon emissions since our energy matrixes still highly depend on non-renewable sources. In the case of the UK, the energy supply sector was responsible for 33% of the country´s greenhouse gas emissions in 2013, being the main source the use of coal and natural gas in electricity generation from power stations*.

Although the COP is a political meeting a bit far from us, common citizens, we can also help at our personal and community levels with our everyday behaviours. The change of the climatic system is a phenomenon that knows of no boundaries and will be affecting all of us so what better than to start working together incorporating more sustainable actions into our daily lives and communities, and help to look after our common home?

What about starting at our houses and…?

  • always turning off lights not being used,
  • using energy-efficient lights as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs),
  • choosing electrical appliances with a higher energy efficiency (the graph in colors with the labels A, B, C, D or E!),
  • unplugging mobile/pc chargers once fully charged,
  • keeping room thermostats at 20°C,
  • checking your homes´insulation and covering any draft points. You can even make your own recycled draft excluder by using old pieces of cloth and wool!!,
  • using your washing machine at 30°C and only when full,
  • opting for a rack or washing line,

…and in addition reduce our energy bills!!

Tweet us how you are incorporating more sustainable actions into your daily life or check our website to keep updated with more tips on how to make your communities more sustainable!

* Dpt. of Energy & Climate Change. 2013 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Final Figures (www.gov.uk/government/publications/final-uk-emissions-estimates)

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When you think of Halloween, you probably envision candy, scary movies, and trick-or-treating, but what about sustainability? From costumes to decorations, Halloween actually provides a great opportunity to put sustainable practices into action.

Here at ACE we have come some ideas you can do to be “green” this Halloween;

  • Instead of purchasing a costume, make one from used clothing (search your closet or visit a thrift store) or recycled materials.
  • If you decorate with lights, use LED or solar lights.
  • Use recycled materials or natural items, such as gourds and pumpkins, to decorate the home.
  • Instead of shopping at a large grocery store, buy your pumpkins, squash, and other Halloween-inspired vegetables locally.
  • Collect your treats with a reusable bag.
  • Use the innards from your pumpkin to make a pumpkin pie, and roast the seeds for snacking.
  • Reuse or donate costumes and decorations next year.
  • Send out party invitations electronically rather than in the mail.
  • Consider throwing a “zero” waste party—everything is either used or recycled.

Remember all it takes is a little creativity to incorporate sustainable practices into holiday festivities!

Got any fun sustainable Halloween ideas? Tweet us @ACEnvironment or send us an email at info@ACE.org.uk.

Households are responsible for around 7 million tonnes of food per year and over half of that food has never even made it to a plate! While much has been made of the economic costs of food waste the environmental impact is often overlooked. Landfill sites are the third largest source of methane in the US and decaying food is thought to be the single largest source of materials in landfills that creates methane. While methane pollution is less prevalent than carbon dioxide it is 21 times more effective as a greenhouse gas and therefore poses a far greater risk when it comes to climate change.

This has made us at ACE think about what we as communities can be doing to reduce the amount of food waste we are producing.

There are 5 simple steps you can take towards reducing your food waste:

  • Plan – Before you go shopping plan your weeks meals and buy accordingly
  • Buy only what you need – buy the appropriate quantities for your meals. Also always check the use by dates of the food you are buying
  • Store all of your items appropriately – fruit and most vegetables last much longer when stored in the fridge.
  • Get you portion sizes right – most packets of rice or pasta give you information on how much you need per person.
  • Store your leftovers – Leftovers from dinner can make the perfect lunch the next day.

There are many fantastic resources around to help households and communities reduce the amount of waste we are producing.  Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for recipe and food waste saving ideas.

ACE are going to be delivering food waste reduction training as a part of our Sustainable Communities Project, and are looking forward to getting the first training sessions underway with the good people of Haringey. If you would like to get involved with or think you wold like some training on waste minimalisation then please get in touch at info@ace.org.uk.