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New Year, New Habits

We’ve all heard it, the New Year means a new you! But the only thing that won’t be new this year is our planet. To help you start your 2019 sustainably, we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
1)Veganuary – Of course! Throughout the festive season we all tend to indulge, especially when it comes to the Christmas meal. Veganuary encourages those with a meat-based diet, to switch it up and try a diet that is plant-based. Last year Veganuary broke records with 168,542 people taking part, and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Not only is Veganuary a great way to help you boost your health after the indulgent festivities, giving up meat is one of the best things you can do for the planet. It significantly reduces your carbon footprint, as agriculture produces  nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a significant driver of ...
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Tis the season, to be sustainable

We're now well into December, which means it's your last chance to make 2018 as environmentally friendly as possible. With the Christmas festivities coming up, we don't want your sustainable actions so far to go to waste. From vast amounts of food waste and excessive packaging to draining Christmas tree lights, there's a true cost to our festive luxuries. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together our top tips so that you can make a difference this year;
• Make your own cards (or go electronic!), wrapping and gifts. Get creative and get upcycling! 
• Recycling alert - look out for non-glossy papers without glitter or embellishment if you want them to be recycled or, better still, get creative and get reusing! Opt for brown paper and string, scraps of fabric, newspaper, magazine pages or reusable gift bags! Get some inspiration here.
• Gift experiences rather than objects and support ...
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Tis the season, to recycle!

We certainly don't want your recycling efforts so far to go to waste this Christmas (no pun intended!). With the UK creating 30 per cent more waste than usual, including two million turkeys and six million Christmas trees, there really is true cost to our festive luxuries.

Wrapping, decorations and packaging
Take wrapping paper for example – 227,000 miles is thrown away every year – that’s enough to cover Big Ben almost 260,000 times! Although a fun finishing touch to our festive presents, it is designed for single use only and is often made from plastic, foil and glitter so isn’t always recyclable. 
So give the 'scrunch test' a go - scrunch it in a ball and if it stays together then it can be recycled, if it bounces back then it can't! Watch out for glitter, tape and embellishments as these often make things non-recyclable. Even better, get creative and get reusing! Opt for brown ...
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Drowning in packaging, and we want change!

Results from a recent survey into consumer attitudes towards packaging have just been released, and it shows there’s a growing demand for sustainable packaging. The survey was completed by over 7,000 people from different European countries, including the UK, France, and Spain, and shows an insight into our views on sustainable packaging, recycling, and other green related policies.

The survey highlights that people are demanding more eco-friendly alternatives to food packaging. The results show that the vast majority of British consumers want more information about the sustainability of packaging, with 9 in 10 British consumers wanting all packaging to be recyclable. 68% of UK shoppers said that their purchasing choices are influenced by packaging, with more people opting for cardboard over plastic packaging for the same product. These are significant results, and statistics like these should urge companies to modify their ...
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Be more green this Black Friday

This Friday is Black Friday, which means a day of shopping, great bargains, and irresistibly discounted items. The day is known to mark the beginning of the festive shopping period, with consumers heading to the shops in their masses. From clothing to electricals, homewares and everything in between, there are endless deals - people go wild for Black Friday, quite literally.

Our consumption habits are destroying our environment, and are leading to an overwhelming feeling of stuffocation among us all, hoarders or not. Beyond the discounts and bargains, Black Friday doesn’t help these issues. Black Friday purchases are typically impulse bought due to the heavily promoted deals and apparently unbeatable discounts. In 2017, 21% of people in Britain purchased something on Black Friday which they later regretted. Let alone ethical or environmentally friendly products. Our throwaway lifestyles, items manufactured with short lifespans, and excessive ...
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Sustainable travel matters, even if it’s not in the Budget

At the end of October, the UK Government released its 2018 Budget. From an environmental perspective, the Budget was not in our favour; lacking the essential funding to tackle the major environmental challenges we face and giving no reference to climate change. Considering the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report which stressed the urgency of acting now to mitigate catastrophic effects of climate change, this is clearly a questionable decision. The Budget seriously overlooks many of the problems associated with climate change, and lacks new funding and measures to tackle these issues.
The Budget did provide considerable funding for road improvements, and is delivering a large strategic roads investment package worth £28.8 billion from 2020-25. The result would be a continuation of car dominated transport and therefore higher levels of pollution.
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Stay safe, stay green for Bonfire night

Bonfire night is quickly approaching, and now is the time to think about how your bonfire night activities can be more eco-conscious this year.

Bonfire fun
Bonfires are great for setting the atmosphere for a magical bonfire night. However, the smoke and noise pollution from bonfires and fireworks are a big issue. Some studies suggest that air pollution is highest on Bonfire night, with pollution levels being reportedly four times higher on Bonfire night than the year-round average.
If you do decide to have a bonfire, be sure to only burn dry natural materials, such as un-treated wood and garden waste. Avoid burning plastic, rubber, and other synthetic items, as these produce toxic pollutants that can harm your health and the environment. For more information about what is safe to burn and what to avoid, click here!
Instead of burning your plastics, which releases ...
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We can all make a difference

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report earlier this month expressing serious concerns for the future of our planet as we know it. The world’s leading climate scientists warned that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to limit climate change catastrophe. They even stated that we have just 12 years to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5C above current temperatures. Beyond this ‘tipping point’, irreversible and disastrous effects would runaway including widespread drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty. Clearly, this is worrying stuff. 

As well as urging governments to make more radical decisions, these alarming warnings have sparked much debate on what should be done. How can we rapidly cut carbon emissions to halt reaching such tipping points? A multifaceted approach is essential, involving a rapid transition to renewable energy and various adaptive technologies such as ...
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Have an eco-friendly Halloween!

We’re speeding through October, and Halloween is just around the corner. Get your pumpkins carved, your costumes sorted, and your sweet treats ready. Here we have a few tips on how to be conscious about your waste this Halloween.

Get creative with your costumes
Dressing up on Halloween can be great fun for all ages, and now is the time to get your creative hats on and think about your outfits. Whether you’re dressing up as a pirate, ghost, or even your favourite super hero, there are many ways you can make your Halloween eco-friendly. Reusing old costumes and swapping them between friends is a great way to avoid buying a new outfit each year. To take it one step further, why not try making your costume from things you already have around the house? From using the fabric of old clothes and rags, to creating props from your waste cardboard, there are many ways to give your waste a second life, Halloween style! For ...
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Go Green for Green GB Week

Here at Team JUMP, we’re really excited about next week’s Green Great Britain (GB) Week, a landmark week to celebrate Clean Growth in the UK. That is, tackling global climate change whilst also boosting the UK's economy. Importantly, this will require significant carbon cuts to six key areas; transport, food and the countryside, technology, heating, energy and waste/recycling. 
Launching on the 15th October, Green GB Week will be showcasing the benefits of clean growth to all parts of society – from new jobs to cleaner air. Sustainability news provider edie have been at the heart of the action and have developed a virtual Mission Possible Pledge, where businesses can make sustainability commitments online. So far, 30 of the UK’s largest companies including John Lewis and Amazon have pledged to tackle climate change – HSBC have promised to invest £250m into green energy infrastructure and ...
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