The International Recycling Day reminds us of the urgency of saving the seas full of plastic, the trees that cannot breathe and the animals that have been left homeless. On May 17, the International Recycling Day is celebrated, proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005, with the aim of remembering the importance of recycling our waste, reducing the volumes of waste generated and reusing materials in order to reduce our carbon footprint, conserve our natural resources and protect the environment.
How can we help the planet?
To help the planet and ourselves, it is essential to avoid the culture of “use and throw away”. One of the solutions is to promote a sustainable consumption model, with the well-known 3R rule:
- Reduce: make the use and consumption of products simpler, for example, when shopping, try to buy products in bulk, that have the least possible packaging, if possible none.
- Reuse: give a new life to the products, without the need to subject them to a physical-chemical process. Before throwing them away, think that they can be used for something else: bottles, bags and cardboard boxes can have several uses and serve as planters, for decoration, to build things, etc.
- Recycle: transform waste into new products, which reduces the consumption of raw Most of the materials we use can be recycled. For example, recycling 1,000 kg of paper saves the lives of 17 trees.
With this situations we have to know the Benefit of recycling provides us results such as:
- Reduction of the volume of waste and, therefore, of pollution
- Preservation of natural resources, such as recycled material that is reused.
- Energy savings and therefore reduction of dependence on oil. It typically takes less energy to make a product from recycled material than from virgin material.
- Reduction of air, soil and water pollution.
- Reduction of costs associated with the production of new goods, since the use of recycled material often entails a lower cost than virgin material.
In IDP Group we continue working to adopt measures that contribute to improving the health of people and the environment. Some of the actions are:
- We have an Environmental Policy based on compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Our BIM work methodology contributes to the SDGs by generating greater efficiency in project management and the use of materials, contributing to SDG n·11
- We value 100% of the waste that we generate in the development of our activity. (paper, toners and WEEE).
- We measure our carbon footprint quarterly, and apply measures for its progressive reduction.
- We implement energy efficiency measures in all offices and all our energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources