Every year since its origin in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22. A day that encourages us all to reflect on how we can help protect our earth and the small changes we can make to give back to the planet that gives us everything.
The celebration itself is run by earthday.org with seminars and events run across the globe. Each year Earth Day has a different area of focus, and this year it is #restoreourearth.
This topic resonates strongly with us at RIP Global because we are on a mission to rid the world of the deadly paper receipt.
Smothered in toxic BPA and handed to you with almost every purchase you make, these little nasties leave 10 million kgs of waste in their wake – just in New Zealand alone.
That doesn’t even consider the 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) released, 21 billion gallons of water wasted, or the 10 million trees cut down, over in the US.
It’s no surprise that receipts often go unnoticed, because how could such little pieces of paper cause such a big detriment to our earth?
But when you look at the waste it produces in little New Zealand alone, non-recyclable waste that is, you start to see just how it all adds up.
So this earth day, we urge you to consider the little things.
Whether that be finding solutions to minimise your paper receipt consumption, using your own container for takeaways, or simply taking the extra effort to separate your recycling from your rubbish – you’ll find that those little actions start to snowball without you even realising.