Polution Facts
  • China is the world’s top polluter emitting 10,357 metric tons of carbon dioxide, followed by the United States, India, Russia and Japan.
  • Mpumalanga province in South Africa has the highest levels of air pollution in the world, in terms of nitrogen dioxide levels, due to a high concentration of coal power plants.
  • Human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide need to fall 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero around 2050 to limit climate change catastrophe.
Energy Facts
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs the world would save 105 billion euros annually.
  • Lighting accounts for 15% of global electricity use. Switching to LEDs will use 90% less energy and last far longer than with the use of incandescent lights.
WATER – Liquid Gold Facts
  • In the last century, WATER use has grown at more than DOUBLE the increase in population.
  • The use of water efficient fittings and fixtures has the ability to cut water use in homes by 45%. Affinity Water are offering FREE Save-a-Flush water saver, water-saving shower heads, water saving tap inserts, tap aerators and swell gel for gardeners. affinitywater.co.uk/saveourstreams/devices
  • If the entire world ate like the average American, there would not be enough water in the world to sustain the global population.
Recycling Facts
  • When organic matter is put in the household rubbish and then landfilled, it decomposes and produces gas methane which is up to 34 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a century, thus contributing to climate change. So, PLEASE use your POD for food waste and the Brown Bin or a trip to the tip. Think before you put food or garden waste in the black bin.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 2584 litres of oil, 26,498 litres of water and 2.5 cubic meters of landfill space.
  • Recycled paper produces about 25% fewer total emissions than conventional paper.
  • Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees.
  • Of the 40 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. in 2021, only 5% to 6% — or about two million tons — was recycled.
Recycling Rates by Country 2022
  • Germany has the best recycling rate in the world, with 56.1% of all waste recycled. Followed Austria at 53.8%, and Wales with 52.2%.
  • There was an EU target* for the UK to recycle at least 50% of household waste by 2020. Unfortunately, the target achieved was 44.4%. Room for improvement! : – {
  • *Source: https://www.finder.com/uk/recycling-statistics 
Food wastage

Globally, 40% of the food produced is wasted. The food lost on farms alone could feed every undernourished person in the world four times over.

Rubbish/Refuse Facts
  • Plastic bags and Styrofoam containers can take up to thousands of years to decompose leading to marine animal death and the contamination of soil and water.
  • The most common finds during international coastal clean-ups are cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, other kinds of plastic bags, and foam take-away containers.
  • 36 million people live in modern slavery today, many of who are working in the supply chains of Western brands such as that of the fast fashion industry.
  • The world’s indigenous population makes up just 5% of the global population yet protects 80% of global biodiversity.