Whilst holidaying in Seattle, I have been impressed with how environmentally conscious the city is. I have never seen so many Toyota Prius hybrid cars (loads of which are taxis) and I even saw a Nissan Leaf (electric car), which is the first time I’ve seen one on the road.
This supermarket, below, had a huge banner above the entrance to remind customers to bring their own bags. I think that this is a bold and engaging way to help customers minimise their plastic bag consumption.
I had never heard of a solar compactor for bins, below. These solar-powered bins compact rubbish to increase the capacity they can hold. This means that bin collections can be reduced, making the system more efficient.
I was pleasantly surprised to see compost bins in public places, below. It is important to compost food waste, because sending it to the landfill is not an environmentally-friendly practice. This is because air cannot access food waste that is buried in the landfill, which means that food waste will break down to form methane gas, which contributes to climate change. On the other hand, composting takes place in an air-rich environment, so that hardly any methane is produced – and that’s good news for the planet!
Did you know that if we composted all the suitable food waste produced by UK households we could avoid the equivalent of 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year?
Below, close up of the label on the compost bin.
I was also impressed by the ‘bulk buy’ food section that I saw in a lot of supermarkets. Buying in bulk means that single-use (and often non-recyclable) food packaging is avoided, especially if you bring your own reusable containers. Additionally, buying in bulk should mean savings for consumers, since you aren’t paying for packaging on top of the food.
Personally, I can’t wait until compost bins are introduced in public places here in the UK. Not to mention electric cars (powered by renewables). And of course, bulk bins ❤
Would you buy food from bulk bins instead of buying pre-packaged foods?
Do you think compost bins would be useful in public places?