Finding innovative ways to make better use of what we throw away
As a country, despite our diligent recycling, we still send around 12 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill each year, with a further 3.6 million tonnes exported to European countries. And some types of waste — like black plastic food containers or old car dashboards — simply can’t be economically recycled.
It’s a dirty problem which needs new and innovative solutions. Abundance customers have backed a number of projects from pioneering businesses tackling this issue — ranging from creating biofuels from whisky residues, to recycling an old coal-fired power station to run on sustainable energy pellets made from organic waste and residual waste plastic. These solutions — in combination with further progress on reducing our levels of waste — are critical if we are to build a less wasteful future.
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Helping grow more of the food we need closer to home
When we think about reducing the environmental impact of the food we eat, the focus is often put onto consumers’ dietary choices. But we must also transform the way we produce our food to make a real difference. We import half of our fruit and vegetables — particularly outside the traditional UK growing season — so we must find ways of growing more of the food we want closer to where we need it, while conserving other natural resources such as land and water.
We are working with UK companies using technology — from advanced greenhouses to hydroponics — to cut the carbon cost of the food we want to eat, and give consumers the choice to buy british for more of the year.