From the Blog

2014

Read More

2015

What's new

2015

Events

Welcome to Sustainable Britain

Our website aims to urge people to contemplate and act in ways which preserve and improve the ecological environment we live in and shows how renewable development is pertinent to all of us.

Our website is for people who wish to make properly informed decisions on such matters as:

  • Sustainable energy supply
  • Sustenance supply
  • Transport for the public and private
  • Handling household waste
  • Buying consumer goods

Retailers argue that local councils should take action to increase recycling success as opposed to pushing new costs onto shops and their customers.

The director of incpen Jane Bickerstaffe poured contempt on the report, which she called “naïve” and said it showed “a singular lack of knowledge” of the contemporary supply chain. Bickerstaffe claimed that tackling food waste, not packaging waste, was the main issue in cutting down on families’ household costs.

Queries were also brought up over the report’s methodology. The only twenty-nine issues were purchased in six supermarkets. The Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) believes that families could make savings of up to £480 per year by cutting down on food waste. This compares with the LGA’s statement that councils will offer an extra £360m on landfill taxes over the next few years.

Really, local councils could put more effort into recycling – but retailers could also do more to cut down on unwanted and pointless packaging. The two possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive and responses from supporters show they are annoyed by both by excessive packaging and the inability still of some local councils to maximise recycling potential as much as they could.

Are we able to meet challenges of a global knowledge economy? Are we in the right position and can we attract bright young students into research careers to be able to drive us forward? With technology & innovation moving fast, can we quickly develop truly sustainable energy? Can we optimise scientific and technological progress in both Europe and the rest of the world?

For the most recent ‘War on Waste’ report, published last week, a research group bought a range of 37 common food items from several retailers. Analysis of these items uncovered that local retailers and market traders produced less packaging and that much more of it could be used again with the bigger supermarkets lagging behind.

Research found eight per cent of the entire weight of shopping baskets consisted of packaging. The most eco-friendly shops have low levels of packaging a high proportion of which is recyclable. The supermarket which had the weightiest packaging was Lidl’s while Marks & Spencer’s products had the lowest level which could be recycled (60 per cent).

It was acknowledged that recycling rates in Britain are increasing because more people are doing their part to help the environment. Councils are also enlarging and improving their services in an attempt to cut down on the amount of waste thrown into rubbish sites. People have been warned that these efforts to meet the EU’s targets will not be successful unless big shops like Tesco do more to cut down on the ridiculously excessive packaging.