It’s the first day of Zero Waste Week 2019 today! The theme for this year is climate change. Today’s challenge is to read an article about the effects of landfill on climate change. So you are making a great start by reading this one!
How does throwing things in landfill warm up our planet?
There is no oxygen in landfill. This means anaerobic digestion takes place and the landfill gases methane and CO2 are produced. Methane is a greenhouse gas ‘roughly 30 times more potent than CO2‘ and is a huge contributor to climate change.
We all are all responsible for the production of these greenhouse gases, when we send rubbish to landfill. Organic matter like food, paper and fabrics will go through this digestion process.
We need to stop buying and chucking things like clothes at such record speeds!
This month is also #SecondHandSeptember . It is a campaign run by Oxfam to get people to buy secondhand clothes only throughout September. Oxfam recently published a report shared by the the Daily Mail that, ‘the obsession with short-lived fashion trends is causing the same amount of carbon emissions every two minutes as driving a car around the world six times.’ – Britain’s fast fashion epidemic sells two tonnes of clothing a minute . One of the reason for the climate crisis is our throwaway attitude to clothes!
I am taking part in #SecondHandSeptember. I will avoid buying new clothes for myself throughout the month. This won’t be a big challenge for me, as I usually buy them secondhand and I don’t often go clothes shopping. It is a good reminder to do it though! Lots of UK Money Bloggers are taking part too. Are you going to join in?
Is incineration better than landfill?
Some rubbish goes to incineration instead of landfill. Is this better? According to the UK Without Incineration Network ‘When waste is land filled a large proportion of the carbon is stored underground, whereas when waste is burned at an incinerator the carbon is converted into CO2 and immediately released into the atmosphere.’ . Read their Incineration Climate Change Report for lots more facts and figures about incineration including this one: ‘In 2017 the UK’s 42 incinerators released a combined total of nearly 11 million tonnes of CO2, around 5 million tonnes of which were from fossil sources such as plastic’
It’s quite clear that throwing things away pollutes land and air. So it’s one more reason that we need to do the best we can to reduce the amount we throw in the bin! Note: I think zero waste is a good aim, but reducing waste is more realistic.
What can we all do to reduce our waste?
Want to get started with reducing your waste? Buy my Eco Thrifty Living Book ! One of the central themes in it is reducing waste – the suggestions I make are affordable and could save you money! I think it’s a great introduction to the eco-thrifty life but I’m probably biased. Before you make up your mind, check out the reviews on Amazon and from bloggers: Frugal Family, Inspirationalise , A Refuge for Daffodils and Allotment Recipes.
Hope you all have a great Zero Waste Week and Secondhand September!