Earth Day 2021
The theme for Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore our Earth’. It is hoped that we can restore the world’s ecosystems by focusing on natural processes and green technologies. Creating a world where humans work with nature instead of against it.
The theme also links directly to the Covid-19 pandemic:
“Scientists are sounding the alarm that unless we take better care of the planet, we risk more and even deadlier viruses ravaging our communities.” Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.
Our Earth can readily store huge amounts of carbon, yet deforestation turns huge carbon sinks like the Amazon rainforest into sources of carbon. According to One Tree Planted, 46% of the world’s forests have already been destroyed.
EarthDay.org identifies reforestation, soil management and species conservation as some potential solutions. A United Nations Report published last year found 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Restoring and protecting biodiversity is vital to protecting the Earth and the millions of species we share it with.
What is Earth Day?
The first Earth Day was created on April 22nd 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, an environmentalist who hoped to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems. On that day millions of Americans took part in rallies, marches and educational gatherings across the country.
The first Earth Day was a huge success and by the end of 1970 the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created. This led to other first of their kind environmental laws including the National Environmental Education Act and the Clean Air Act. More were passed over the next few years.
Today Earth Day is celebrated in over 190 countries around the world. EarthDay.org helps to bring together more than a billion people each year to demand change and fight for global, national and local policy changes that will protect the environment. As awareness of the climate crisis grows, this day of global action has become increasingly more important.
Our Environmental Mission at Reuseabox
At Reuseabox we believe helping the environment should be a priority every single day. We commit to sustainable business practises that allow our suppliers and customers to work with nature instead of against it.
We exist to create a better world with less waste. By helping companies to reuse cardboard boxes we keep cardboard in use for longer, reduce demand for new board and protect our natural resources.
How our Reuse Model works
Our unique Reuse Model enables us to divert used yet reusable cardboard boxes away from the recycling process towards a second or even third use. These used cardboard boxes are often in a like-new condition. By keeping cardboard in use for longer, we help our customers to significantly reduce their impact on the environment. Thanks to our unique Carbon Footprint Tool we can prove the environmental benefits of choosing to reuse cardboard boxes.
For every tonne (that’s around 6.5 pallets of boxes) that are reused instead of recycled we save:
- 5 Trees
- 0.5 Tonnes of CO2
- 21,578 Litres of Water
- 4,386 KWH of Energy
Find out more about our Reuse Model.
We also plant a tree for every order placed as part of our 2 Million Tree Challenge.
The Reuseabox 2 Million Tree Challenge
Preserving the world’s most ancient woodland and rainforest can act as huge carbon sinks. Mature trees absorb huge quantities of carbon from the atmosphere each year. But deforestation is occurring at higher rates than ever. According to the Woodland Trust, only 13% of the UK is covered in woods and forests. The EU’s average tree cover is 37%. We are not planting enough trees and could soon be in a period of deforestation. We need trees for building materials, furniture, paper, and cardboard. It is essential we create new woodland and connect existing woods by planting native trees.
We decided to launch our 2 Million Tree Challenge to help us both save and plant 2 million trees. By diverting usable boxes from the baler and encouraging our customers to reuse we intend to save a million trees. We also intend to plant a million trees to help regenerate our forests and protect our Earth for future generations.
How you can get involved
Whether you use cardboard boxes, or produce them as part of your manufacturing process, your business can get involved in cardboard box reuse.
For companies who use cardboard boxes
If you use cardboard boxes for packing up your products and shipping to customers, switch to Used Cardboard Boxes. We have a large range of used boxes available on large, regular supply. We don’t have to make a used cardboard box so there are no long lead times when you order from us.
For companies who produce used cardboard boxes
If you produce used cardboard boxes, you can sell them to Reuseabox. No need to bale them. They just need to be palletised and stored ready for us to collect. Find out how to Become a Supplier here.
Join our Reuse Revolution and make every day, Earth Day.