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Beyond the blackout - How Earth Hour is raising awareness around the world

This weekend millions of us around the world will be switching off all non-essential lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time) as a symbolic display of solidarity for the planet. 

Earth Hour is an annual event and campaign, brought about by the World Wildlife Fund to encourage us to think about the impact our actions have on the Earth’s biodiversity and natural resource reserves. According to the World Wildlife Fund, if we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species by the end of this century.

If we don’t take action on climate change, we could lose up to 50% of species from the world’s most precious places by the end of this century.
Your actions can make a difference, join us this #EarthHour and make a #PromiseForThePlanet.

— Earth Hour (@earthhour) 18 March 2018
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International WomenÂ’s Day Blog: DottieÂ’s guide to a successful communications campaign


Today is International Women’s Day, so we’re catching up with Local Green Points’ Client Services Manager, Dottie Allan, to find out more about her work in the waste and recycling industry.


Dottie Allan
Dottie Allan
Client Services Manager, Local Green Points
How long have you been working in waste, recycling and sustainability?
“I’ve been interested in sustainability since I started studying my degree at UCL. I studied Earth Sciences and particularly focused on global environmental change and environmental politics. I’ve worked with Local Green Points for over two years now and as part of my role as Client ...
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The WorldÂ’s Most Successful Companies Treat People Differently


Only 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs, which means the other 70% of our workforce are getting paid to eat, sleep, work, repeat. Finding a way to address this vast amount of people who are sleep-walking through their jobs is the task of Glen Elliot, in his new book: Build it – the Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement.


The book made its debut on the 23rd February and is already an Amazon bestseller, with endorsements from New York Times bestselling author Daniel H Pink, Netflix former Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord and CEO and bestselling author Margaret Heffernan. So what makes the book so special?
Build it emphasises the importance of employee wellbeing, and it presents a compelling business case for having a happier ...
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The Truth behind ChinaÂ’s plastic ban - how recycling in the UK will really be effected

If you’ve heard about China’s Plastic Ban, you’re probably wondering how it will affect plastic recycling the UK...


Dispelling the myths
The news that China will no longer be taking the UK’s plastic waste has triggered questioning over our domestic recycling processes and the negative media coverage has left UK residents worrying that the plastic they recycle won’t actually be reprocessed. But, a closer look into what is happening on the ground in the UK recycling industry shows positive developments as a result of the ban on exporting plastic to China coming into action this January (2018).
New momentum
While the ban has been portrayed as a blow to the UK by the media, it has actually been ...
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Fairtrade Fortnight is running from the 26th February - 11th March this year. Fairtrade products ensure decent working conditions, local sustainability, better prices and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products from food and drink, to clothes and even gold. So if you're looking to become a more ethical consumer, keep reading for our top tips on how to make it happen. 


Start with the easy items

There are a few everyday items that are easy to swap out for Fairtrade versions, such as bananas and chocolate. One in three bananas bought in the UK is Fairtrade and it makes a huge difference to thousands of farmers, workers and their families. So whether you’re after one of your five a day or more of a sugar hit, why not see if you can swap your ...
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Sticking to your New YearÂ’s Resolutions: 4 ways to exercise and feel great

We’ve reached the time of year when New Year’s Resolutions go out of the window. You survived January, it’s cold and wet out and your motivation is slipping. Don’t give up! We’ve gathered some top tips from members of the JUMP team for sticking to your exercise goals in 2018 while doing some good for your community too.

1) Join your local parkrun
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km runs all around the world. Open to people of every ability, I can’t imagine a more welcoming place to get active. Make sure you register online first and you’ll get a personal barcode you can use to track your time each week. We bet you'll see progress in no time.
Head to parkrun to get involved.
2) Work out to help out
Many community projects across the UK aim to integrate exercise with community service to support health, provide help and strengthen communities. One ...
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What could a plastic bottle return scheme mean for the UK?

This week we heard that the UK government is considering adopting a plastic bottle scheme, similar to one used in Norway.

 The scheme would see people who return their plastic bottles refunded the equivalent of 10p to 25p, depending on the size.
In Norway the scheme is responsible for recycling 97% of bottles in the country and has massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas.  
Experts claim that local authorities could save up to £35 million ever year, if the deposit return scheme were to be introduced. A report based on the data from eight local councils with varying recycling rates found that councils could make savings of between £60,000 and £500,000 each, due to reduced littering and landfill ...
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How to travel smart and reduce your carbon footprint without ditching your car

Transport accounts for around a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, so travelling sustainably is one of the most important things you do to cut down your carbon footprint.

Walking and cycling are the greenest options for commuting to work, with zero emissions associated to these forms of transport. But if you live far away from work and walking or cycling isn’t an option for you, there are still plenty of things you can do to make your journey in a car more energy efficient and less harmful to the planet.

Car sharing
You can cut the cost of your daily commute and your carbon footprint by car sharing. There are plenty of options for car sharing; from setting up an informal car share with your colleagues in the office to offering a lift on or joining Co-Wheels car club.
Inflate your tires, deflate your footprint
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ICiPS Collaboration Award Nomination for Warwickshire County Council and Local Green Points

Warwickshire County Council has been working in partnership with Local Green Points over the last 18 months to deliver the innovative Slim Your Bin campaign for residents across Warwickshire. The collaborative nature of the project and its success in improving recycling behaviours across the county has earned the campaign a nomination for the 2018 Collaboration Award with the Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services (ICiPS).

The Slim Your Bin campaign launched in November 2016 across Warwickshire’s five Boroughs and Districts as part of a drive to encourage households to recycle more and throw away less, thus ‘slimming’ their rubbish bins. Residents are encouraged to change their behaviours towards waste and recycling through a communications campaign, website and app and are rewarded for their actions with individual and community based prizes.

The Warwickshire Recycling Champion of the Year 2018 contest has since been launched ...

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What does a plastic-free life like look like?

If the latte levy got you ruffled enough to swap to a keep cup and the ban on microbeads made you think twice about the kinds of cosmetics you are using then you will know by now that it’s a challenge to lead a completely plastic-free life.
Here at Green Rewards, our philosophy is that the cumulative impact of individual actions can have a significant impact. Our engagement programmes have proven this to be the case. So if like many environmental groups, you think the Government’s 25 year environmental plan lacks the urgency to tackle the plastics problem, then there’s a lot you can do at an individual level to generate change.
Here are some day-to-day steps you can take to make plastic free life a little easier:
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