World Recycling Day - March 18
Sort, recycle, sort, recycle, an object has many lives!
“Recycling Day" has existed since 1994 in the United States. At that time its main objective was to promote the consumption of products made from recycled materials. In 2018 it has become "global". Indeed, at the initiative of the BIR (Bureau of International Recycling), which brings together more than 700 private sector companies and 40 national trade federations from 70 different countries, the challenges of the circular economy have gained global awareness. Numerous associations participate in the movement and carry out concrete actions to give a second life to our used products. Thus, the different materials that compose them are reused to avoid drawing on the earth's resources. In short, a good way to fight against global warming!
Today the FEDEREC (French Federation of Recycling) reminds us that the sector creates about 1.6 million jobs in the world. Why is this? To fight against the pollution linked to the 2 billion tons thrown away per year. According to BIR experts, the increase in the standard of living, population growth and urbanization are the main causes of this degradation. Moreover, this figure should continue to increase by 70% by 2050, according to the World Bank, to finally reach 3.4 billion tons if bad habits remain. According to the World Bank, an average person produces 0.74 kg of waste per day. Developed countries alone account for 34% of the world's waste!
Why is it important to recycle?
Recycling not only reduces the carbon footprint of each inhabitant of the planet but also limits its dependence on exhaustible natural resources. Just like the cinema is considered as the "seventh art", recyclable materials are called the "seventh resource". Funny, isn't it? The figures turn out to be edifying according to the BIR: recycling represents a reduction of more than 700 million tons of CO₂ emissions per year. It could reach 1 billion tons by 2030.
What is the circular economy?
The circular economy, in opposition to the so-called "linear" economy, is becoming an inevitable solution. Recycling, but also repairing and reusing materials before throwing them away is a response to major environmental issues. In short, we must move from a "throwaway" society to an economic model of "recyclable, repairable, reusable". At Eliis, the famous phrase of the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier, "Nothing is lost, nothing is created: everything is transformed" resonates in our lives. We try to apply this simple and sensible principle every day!