Awesome Eco News 15th May 2023

Awesome Eco News for You

Are you ready for some awesome eco news? Every week, Play It Green brings you the latest sustainability news from around the world. In this week’s edition, we’re excited to share some inspiring stories of sustainable innovation and positive change.

From new green initiatives to the latest in sustainable technology, we’ve got all the updates on how individuals and organizations are making a positive impact on the environment.

If you’re passionate about sustainability or just looking for some inspiration, you won’t want to miss this week’s news. So, keep reading to discover the latest sustainable developments and be inspired to make your own positive changes.

Let’s come together to create a better, more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.

Awesome Eco News from eBay

eBay has launched a Certified Recycled program that sells recycled vehicle parts from 81 certified sellers. This online marketplace says that UK motorists saved a whopping £99 million in 2022 by opting for recycled parts and accessories instead of brand new replacements.

A survey conducted by eBay shows that Certified Recycled parts can be up to 70% cheaper compared to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Additionally, all parts are vetted and warranted, with body parts featuring a 12-month warranty while mechanical parts come with three months of protection.

The best part? They are only supplied from end-of-life vehicles from approved sellers and are sold by businesses that have been certified by the Vehicle Recyclers Association (VRA). 

This means that any part listed has been accurately identified, recorded, tested, and graded, ensuring the highest quality for consumers. 

Awesome Eco News - eBay has launched a used car parts service
eBay has launched a used car parts service

eBay research shows that 16.1% of motorists often buy recycled parts to save money, while 14% choose used items to reduce their carbon emissions. With parts delays, rising costs, and increasing focus on making sustainable choices, eBay’s Certified Recycled program has the potential to help save money, time, and the environment.

This is awesome eco-news in so many ways, well done to Dr Tony Tong and eBay for creating some inspiration today!

Awesome Eco News from Scottish Water

Scottish Water has installed nearly 8,500 photovoltaic (PV) panels at its Balmore Water Treatment Works, claiming the site will generate 4.45 GWh of energy annually. The installation, which will provide 19% of the facility’s electricity needs, will also reduce CO2 emissions by 1,100 tonnes each year.

The site, which serves over 560,000 people, has also been fitted with three electric vehicle (EV) charging points to support Scottish Water’s plan to transition its fleet of vans and tankers to clean electricity. Scottish Water has invested £5m in the PV project to help it reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Scottish Water is committed to investing in renewable power technologies to eliminate all emissions associated with its activities. The company has already invested in solar solutions at its Dunfermline Wastewater Treatment Works, installing a 231 kW solar PV system in 2020 that generates 0.2 GWh of energy per year and accounts for 10% of the facility’s electricity needs.

Awesome Eco News - Scottish Water has invested £5M in new solar energy
Scottish Water has invested £5M in new solar energy

Scottish Water’s efforts to reach net-zero emissions by 2040 are part of the Hydro Nation Chair Research and Innovation Programme, which aims to develop innovative technologies that will cut emissions in Scotland and utilise sequestering initiatives to reduce more emissions than it generates.

Well done to Douglas Millican and Scottish Water for taking such positive steps and giving everyone such awesome eco news!

Awesome Eco News from Parklife

Parklife, the music festival taking place in Manchester in June, is making strides to reduce its impact on the environment. The festival’s director, Jon Drape, has pledged to “leave a positive impact upon the environment”. The festival is taking a number of measures to achieve this, including using biofuel in generators, banning single-use plastics, and using eco-friendly “clean glitter”.

The festival is committed to being as sustainable as possible and wants to limit the impact of its events on the environment. This year, the festival will be sending all reusable food waste to a local project that turns unused food into meals for vulnerable people. Vendors will not be allowed to use single-use plastics, and compostable cutlery, plates, and cups will be required.

The festival is also encouraging festival-goers to use public transport to travel to and from the event. These measures build on Parklife’s efforts in previous years to reduce plastic waste. The festival has been held at Heaton Park for over a decade and has faced littering issues in the past. The festival’s representative said that making changes to be more eco-friendly has become a real passion for Parklife and that they are looking to improve year-on-year.

Awesome Eco News Parklife Festival organisers have taken extra steps to lower the festival's footprint
Parklife organisers have taken extra steps to lower the festival's footprint

Festivals have the power to push change and leave a positive impact on the environment and the local community they find themselves in, said Drape. The festival will take place on June 10 and 11 and will feature headline sets from The 1975 and Aitch.

Well done to Jon Drape and the Parklife team for such awesome eco news. 

That’s a Wrap

It’s inspiring to see eBay, Scottish Water and Parklife taking bold steps to reduce their impact on the environment. We all have a role to play in protecting our planet, and it’s heartening to see more and more individuals and organisations stepping up to make a positive difference. By making small changes to our daily habits and supporting eco-friendly initiatives, we can create a brighter, greener future for ourselves and generations to come. If you haven’t already, consider signing up for Play it Green, a platform that makes it easy to take action and support sustainable causes. Let’s work together to make awesome eco news a regular occurrence!

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