Earth Day 2019
The world’s most environmental movement on the 22nd April. This year’s #EarthDay campaign is ‘Protect Our Species.’ Priory Press Packaging are passionate about the environment and we have strong ethical values which are at the forefront of our company.
Last year, the Earth Day campaign was to end plastic pollution. This is something that Priory Press are continuously encouraging through each process of our production. So, as this campaign in particular was close to our hearts, we sent out 80 of these boxes to key decision makers at every UK supermarket’s headquarters. Above all, It is crucial to spread awareness of the detrimental impact packaging companies can have on the environment. However, you don’t have to be one of those companies (like us!)
As this year’s campaign is ‘Protect Our Species,’ we will be sharing some advice to help you to become more active in this.
Plants provide us with clean air and food. Similarly, they provide a huge amount of the world’s crops, nuts and fruits. Plant food and plant products are continuing to grow (see what we did there) amongst consumer interest. As a result, we have particularly noticed our plant-based customers blossoming rapidly this year. So, as people are becoming more health-conscious, plant benefits are gradually being favoured due to their natural and sensitive nature. They are widely used for herbal and pharmaceutical medicines and culturally, have been used as therapeutic agents and inspiration for the arts.
How to help
- Purchase sustainable plant products. When purchasing plant-based products, ensure that they have a sustainable certification logo.
- Support a ban on the use of pesticides. Sign the petition here.
From 2015-2016, the world lost 73.4 million acres of trees, an increase of 51%. The reasons involve climate change, insects, forest fires and deforestation which includes clearing land for crops, cattle and housing.
All the paper we use is manufactured from pulp sourced sustainable stocks. We use a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.
How to help
- Recycle and buy recycled/recyclable products.
- Support the Trees for Earth campaign which aims to plant 7.8 billion trees for each person by Earth Day 2020.
Coral reefs are a vital part of marine life. “Plants and animals that call coral reefs home are critical sources of new medicines, including those for Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases” (Earth Day, 2019).
Furthermore, coral reefs also protect shorelines from storms and this is more important than ever due to the sea level rising at an intense rate due to climate change.
How to help
- Buy biodegradable suncream that is oxybenzone-free. Sign Earth Day’s petition to take the oxybenzone out of suncream.
- If your snorkelling on holiday, make sure you don’t stand on coral. If something feels like a rock, chances are there is coral nearby. Never attempt to take coral home.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle. Even rubbish from landfills can unfortunately make it to the ocean. Take steps to end plastic pollution with these tips and tricks
Earth Day is a worldwide event which has strong political and community participation. People all over the world are standing up for their planet by marching, planting trees, signing petitions, meeting with officials and cleaning up their communities.