In lieu of the whole New Year, New Me marketing ploy, I’ve decided to write a post about the resolutions we should ALL be making this year: taking more steps towards reducing our carbon footprints and saving the planet.
If you follow along on social media you’ll know that this is a cause I feel really, really strongly about. I’m not even sure where to begin, but I guess a few facts to put things into perspective will do: it takes up to 500 years to decompose plastic items in landfills and almost 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans annually, which kills as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures per year. If you’re not doing basic recycling, you should be pretty ashamed of yourself. Ahead, five simple ways to recycle – particularly in the UAE!
Say no to plastic…
Ohhhh, if only fruits and vegetables came in their own protective casing to shield them from the harms of the outside world… Oh wait, they do. Why are you putting your bananas and your avocados in a plastic packet? Buy your fruits and veggies lose and give them a wash when they get home. (And if you insist on using those horrible plastic bags, RECYCLE them!)
Take re-usable shopping bags with you…
The first thing I grab when I head out to the supermarket are my re-usable carrier bags. They are sturdier, more aesthetically pleasing than a fugly piece of plastic, and much, much less harmful to the environment.
Recycle, recycle, recycle…
The UAE has really upped their game over the last few years to encourage people to recycle. There are an increasing number of designated recycling bins popping up in residential areas, as well as bottle and plastic banks located in key areas across the city. Don’t have your own green bin? I’ve listed all the places to dispose of your waste properly (as found on Expat Woman) below…
|The Village Shops||The Greens||Paper, glass, plastic, cans|
|Meadows Village||The Springs, Emirates Hills||Paper, plastic, cans|
|Dubai Festival City||Near Toys R Us||Paper, plastic, cans|
|Oasis Centre Mall||Al Quoz 1||Paper, plastic|
|Dubai Marina||Promenade, various locations||Paper, plastic, glass|
|Dubai Studio City||next to Dubai Studio City Tower||Paper, plastic, glass|
|Emirates Driving Institute||Al Qusais||Paper, plastic|
|Emirates Aviation College||Garhoud||Paper, plastic|
|Kite Beach||Kite Beach||Paper, plastic, cans, e-waste, batteries, glass, printer cartridges & toner|
|Behind Town Centre||Beach Road||Paper, plastic, cans|
|Spinneys||Umm Suqeim, Ramada, Trade Centre Road||Paper, plastic, cans|
|Lakes Club||Emirates Hills 3||Paper, plastic, cans|
|Springs Town||The Springs, Emirates Hills||Paper, plastic, cans|
|The Beach||The Walk, JBR||Paper, plastic|
|Near Citymax Hotel||Al Barsha||Paper, plastic|
|Silicon Oasis||Spinneys, various locations in community||Paper, plastic, glass, cans, clothing|
|Jumeirah Lake Towers||JLT Clusters||Paper, plastic, glass, cans|
|Arabian Ranches Retail Centre||Near the post box||Paper, plastic, glass, cans, clothing|
|Bur Dubai||Behind Citibank, near Burjuman metro station||Paper, plastic, cans|
Join an initiative…
One of my goals for 2018 is to get properly stuck in with charitable organisations to actually help fix this problem. Raising awareness isn’t enough anymore. We should all be aware by now. We should all be recycle and attempting, as best we can, to live sustainably. I’m starting by volunteering at the newly launched Sea Shepard, an initiative that cleans up all the plastic from our oceans.
Buy Less, Choose Well…
In the words of Vivienne Westwood: “buy less, choose well”. This is a waste problem that I myself am a big contributor to. Fashion is the second biggest polluter in the world (the first being oil) – a heart-breaking statistic for me, a frequenter of Zara and Mango! The amount of waste we produce from churning out fast fashion is astounding: our industry emits carbon dioxide levels equivalent to 230 million cars, clothes release half a million tonnes of microfibers into the ocean every year, equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned.
From H&M to Stella McCartney, there are an increasing amount of designers and high-street labels working to combat the industry’s excessive and wasteful production levels. Another goal for 2018? Buy, support and promote sustainable brands.
Happy 2018 and don’t forget to recycle!