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Play It Green to Plant 4000 New Trees for the Progress 21 Event

Play It Green will make PROGRESS21, Manchester’s biggest Business conference this year, a climate positive event by planting a tree for every person attending, the equivalent of taking over twenty-three thousand cars off the road for the day. Nearly …

Sustainable Development Goal No. 1 – End Poverty

Most people have heard of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, but did you know that there are seventeen goals? The Sustainable Development Goals, are a set of 17 interconnected global goals intended to serve as a "blueprint for…

Weekly tip 26 – Get a Sustainable Razor

Did you know that disposable razors are one of the most wasteful items in the bathroom and because they are made of a variety of materials, including plastic, steel, and rubber, they cannot be recycled? It wasn’t always this way. Razors can be traced…

Shire Leasing to Help Reforest the Planet

Shire Leasing PLC will plant a tree through Play It Green for every new lease, ensuring the environment becomes a key aspect of its extensive corporate and social responsibility work. Tamworth based financial institution Shire Leasing has teamed up w…

Cop26 – What is it and does it matter?

From October 31st to 12th November in Glasgow, Scotland, the next round of United Nations climate talks known as COP26 take place. Billed as a ‘test of global solidarity between the world’s rich and poor and the most important climate talks since the…

Weekly Tip 25 – Ditch Your Dish Scrubber

Everyone knows that plastic is bad, right? That’s why we are ditching our shampoo bottles for bars, our toothpaste tubes for toothpaste mints and most of us take our reusable bags to the supermarket. On top of that, most of us recycle paper, tin, pla…

Green Rankings for Savers

When Which? surveyed their members about their savings, they found that well over a quarter said ‘they care about the values of the companies they invest their savings in’. Following on from this they also found out that over two-thirds of their memb…

Weekly Tip 24 – Make Your Phone Case Sustainable

Did you know that in 2021 over 4.88 billion people have mobile phones? That translates to an incredible 61.85% of the world’s population and is an increase of over 50% in just the five years since 2016. As the population grows and the percentag…

Winstons Wish Joins Play It Green

The charity Winston’s Wish is now an official good cause of Play It Green, meaning it will receive more funding for its work in supporting children after the death of a parent or sibling. Environmental business, Play It Green helps people and busines…

The Humble Bee

Did you know that there are approximately 20,000 species of bees on the planet, and they are thought to be the most important insect pollinators? The thousands of bee species all have distinct flight patterns and floral preferences, and many have coe…

Weekly Tip 23 – Buy A Reusable Coffee Cup

Did you know that your latte to go comes with a significant negative environmental impact? Consider this next time you order a vanilla latte to go: “Every day, we use an estimated 1.6 billion disposable coffee cups, globally”. Single-use cups (along …

OVO Pioneers AI Technology To Save Electric Vehicle Drivers Money

OVO Energy, the ‘green’ energy supplier is always looking for new ways to help their members be more energy-efficient, reduce their carbon footprint, and lower their bills.That’s why, following the completion of a successful pilot scheme launched ear…

Weekly Tip 22 – Upgrade Your Tech Sustainably

Did you know that E-Waste is one of the world's fastest-growing waste streams? We already produce over 50 million tonnes of it each year and that figure is only going to rise as electronics become more widely available around the world. So what exact…

How can I be more sustainable? Sustainable Certifications.

People often ask how can I be more sustainable? Well, it’s a journey that won’t happen overnight, but Play It Green is here to act as your guide to a better planet. On your journey to a more sustainable future, one of the biggest impacts you can have…

Weekly Tip 21 – Change Your Toothbrush

Let’s remove plaque and plastic from our mouths by moving to a more sustainable toothbrush made from bamboo. Bamboo has anti-fungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial properties making it good for the mouth and it is 100% compostable. Then we get environm…

July Tree Planting Report

It is paramount our members know the trees are being planted and are making a difference. That is why we bring you regular tree planting reports and publish all our purchase receipts.   Our tree planting partner Eden Reforestation has been going sinc…

Weekly Tip 20 – Enjoy Some Vegan Food

During our long and evolving history, meat has been an integral part of our diet. It has been suggested that meat and the discovery of fire together are directly responsible for stomachs shrinking and brains growing during our evolution to Homo Sapie…

Weekly Tip 19 – Greenify Your Skincare Routine

It might sound strange, but your skincare routine can have a lasting impact on the planet and on climate change! Many of us have come to rely on cotton wool as a household staple, but do we actually need it? From cotton buds to make up wipes, cotton …

What are the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals?

You may have heard the words Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs mentioned when talk comes around to sustainability, but do you know what they are and why they were created? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sometimes known as the Global Go…

Weekly Tip 18 – Hug Your Food

We all know food waste is an issue and Play It Green looked in depth at the issue in an article posted last month. But recent research has shed further light on the issue. According to a recent global survey, more than 900 million tonnes of food are …

Preloved Kilo to Plant a Million Trees

Preloved Kilo has partnered with Play It Green to plant over a million trees within the next decade and help drive down the carbon footprint of their customers and workforce. The Preloved Kilo group provide George at Asda with their pre-loved vintage…

Eden Reforestation Projects – A Year in Review

Our partner Eden Reforestation Projects has seen a year of unprecedented growth and in this week’s news, we look at their last year. Eden’s mission is to offer the dignity of fair employment to people living in impoverished communities, who then beco…

Nico Rosberg – Eco Entrepreneur

This week’s sustainability news looks at former Formula 1 World Champion, Nico Rosberg, who following his retirement from racing has taken up the joint mantles of eco-entrepreneur and eco-investor. Nico Erik Rosberg (born June 27, 1985) is a former F…

Weekly Tip 17 – Ditch harmful laundry detergent

Everyone knows that laundry detergent causes plastic waste as it usually comes in single-use plastic bottles. Plastic waste is a global issue as we all need to move away from single-use plastic to stop the oceans from literally drowning in the stuff.…

Amaris Group Invests in Play It Green

Play It Green announces significant six figure investment from Amaris Group Limited to help scale its tree planting and footprint reduction subscription services and initiatives.   Play It Green, who launched in Spring this year, help people a…

Having your cake and not eating it – the problem of food waste!

“A whopping 24 million slices of bread get thrown in home bins every day in the UK.” – The Guardian. It makes you stop and think, doesn’t it? Here are some more thought-provoking facts about food waste. In the UK, 38.7 per cent of all lettuce and 25.…

Weekly Tip No 16 – Chew Plants, Not Plastic

Whether it’s being used as a mid-day breath refresher or in the playground to see who can blow the biggest bubble—chewing gum is a daily habit for many people. But, if you've ever stuck your hand under a school desk or gotten your new shoe stuck in a…

Does Your Money Have a Footprint?

When you consider your impact on the environment, what comes to mind first? Is it the flights you take? Or road trips in your car? Or maybe it's the food you eat? Have you thought about your money? Money isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when …

Weekly Tip No 15 – Switch To Recycled Plastic Produce Bags

Everyone knows that single-use plastic bags are bad for the environment. Single-use anything is bad as we need to reuse, recycle and repurpose things to reduce our impact on the planet. The problem with plastic bags isn’t though, in production, as pl…

A Small Brick With A Big Footprint

This week we take a look at a household name and something that many of us grew up playing with – namely Lego. Lego blocks originated in the Billund, Denmark, workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, who began making wooden toys in 1932. Two years later he…

Weekly Tip No 14 – Ditch Single Use Water Bottles

Most people nowadays are aware of the damage to the environment drinking water from a single-use plastic bottle does. From the manufacturing process which uses lots of energy and pumps out harmful emissions to the fact that plastic takes up to 500 ye…

United Nations Environment Findings Support Play It Green Methods

When Play It Green was set up, the founders chose to focus on reforestation, using natures own carbon storage machines, trees, rather than other ways of offsetting. This decision has recently been supported by a report from the United Nations Environ…

Weekly Tip No. 13 – Try Sustainable Sanitary Products

Everyone knows that plastic waste is a big issue, with much of it ending up in landfill pumping out toxic fumes or in the ocean breaking down into dangerous microplastics. But did you know that one of the major contributors to plastic waste is sanita…

Unilever Announces World’s First Paper Based Detergent Bottle

Everyone knows that there is a big problem with plastic. Over eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, accounting for over 80% of all marine debris. Once plastic is dumped into the ocean, it remains there for a very long pe…

Weekly Tip #12 – Make your pet more sustainable

Did you know that a survey in 2019 showed that just over 50% of all UK adults owned a pet? Since lockdown, there has been a 25% rise in dog ownership alone. This means there are upwards of 20.8 million pets in the UK and a staggering quarter of a bil…

Sweden Now Has Net Zero Airports

We all know that air travel is damaging to our environment - it contributes around 5% of all climate change causing emissions. But did you know, it’s not just aeroplanes, but the actual airports themselves that contribute to the climate crisis? Groun…

EU-UK Young and Old Collaborate to Fight Climate Change

Millennials from Berlin, the very heart of the EU, believed in the vision of two Generation X dads from Manchester so much, that they began a collaboration just months after the UK had officially left the EU to help establish a new UK company called …

Weekly Tip #11 – Change Your Cleaning Products

Did you know that your cleaning habits can have a negative impact on the environment and contribute to climate change? Every year, home cleaning generates more than 29 billion pieces of plastic each year. We all know that plastic takes hundreds of ye…

May 2021 Tree Planting Report

Thanks to our members Play It Green has now planted close to 5000 new trees in our first two months.   Our trees are planted across three sites in North-West Madagascar, an island bigger than the UK that is renowned for having a diverse set of animal…

Great News About Sustainable Business Travel

Currently, the world’s global emissions are around 40 gigatons of CO2 every year and our current ‘climate budget’ for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees is quickly running out! By offsetting our footprint through tree planting we can slow global …

Weekly Tip #10 Change Your Jeans

We all love our faithful jeans. It’s a staple of nearly everyone’s wardrobe and 2 billion pairs of jeans are manufactured every year. With current fast fashion trends, this is not going to stop any time soon. But did you know by simply changing your …

Great News about UK Green Energy

In this week’s article, there is some record-breaking news about Green Energy in the UK! The UK is committed to Net Zero and a big part of this commitment is the transition to Green/renewable Energy by utilising natural sustainable resources such …

Weekly Tip #9 – Change Your Footwear

Everyone knows that there is a problem with plastic in our oceans, but a lot of people don’t quite know the scale of the issue. Here are some facts about ocean plastic and a way you can help solve the problem  by making a simple change. Fact 1 - Plas…

Adidas Allbirds Collaborate for World’s Most Sustainable Trainer

We all know that the fashion industry has a huge negative impact on the environment. But did you know that the footwear sector alone creates over 700 million tonnes of CO2e every single year! A single pair of running shoes alone comes with a footprin…

Weekly Tip #8 – Change your specs

Did you know that over 3 billion pairs of spectacles are sold globally each year? This number is on the rise as the population grows and the fad for fast fashion and multiple ‘looks’ grows within the industry. Spectacles are often manufactured from p…

What is a Circular Economy?

We all know the world has a waste problem, from plastic waste filling the seas to clothing and electronic waste that ends up in landfill. This is because, since the early to mid 20th century, our economic system has been based on a 'linear economy'. …

Pride in Supporting Mental Health

Thirty six percent of Play It Green members selected the mental health charity Mind as their good cause when signing up and by doing so are passing on vital funds to support people who are struggling.Play It Green is a business that does things diffe…

Tip #7 – Change your laundry products

Everyone knows that washing on 30 degrees and drying your clothing naturally is far better for the environment than hot washes and tumble dryers. But, did you know that even the detergent you use to clean your clothes has a negative impact on our …

Asda Sell Second Hand Clothing

Asda will begin selling second-hand clothing in 50 of its stores throughout the United Kingdom. The idea has been tested successfully at a store in Leeds, according to the retailer, and it now expects to stock used garments more widely. The George at…

Tip #6 – Change your clothing habits

Did you know that the fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply? This is mainly because of what we call ‘Fast fashion’. Fast Fashion is the catwalk trend-inspired c…

Sports Sustainability

Sports has always been about escapism. Forgetting the outside world and being in a safe place to watch or play the sport you love. Recently though, sports has been more vocal about social issues such as equality and diversity. In a time when th…

Tip #5 – Get rid of toothpaste tubes!

We all brush our teeth twice a day (hopefully), but have you ever considered how toothpaste tubes affect the environment? Despite the efforts of some manufacturers to produce entirely recyclable tubes, the majority of toothpaste tubes are made of non…

Great News about Green Energy

Since energy accounts for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, adopting renewable energy sources is critical in combating climate change. Although there is still a long way to go in the energy transition, green energy is on the rise, accord…

Earth Day 2021

Did you know that Earth Day is a celebration held every year on April 22 to show support for environmental conservation? It began in 1970 and has since grown to encompass a diverse variety of activities organised annually by EARTHDAY.ORG, involving o…

Tip #4 – Use a more sustainable loo roll!

Did you know that over 30 million acres of forest are destroyed annually for traditional paper production? This has resulted in huge areas of our planet being subjected to deforestation. Cutting down trees also destroys animal habitat and has e…

March 2021 Tree Planting Report

As we near the end of our first month in business, here is the first update on the trees being planted by our planting partner, Eden Reforestation Project. The trees our wonderful members have offset their footprints with are helping reforest the isl…

Tip #3 – Switch Your Coffee Capsules

Coffee capsules are very handy and fit in well with our fast-paced society. They're convenient, simple to use, and consistently produce excellent coffee. The environmental effect, on the other hand, is disastrous.  In the United Kingdom alone, over 3…

First UK tidal-powered EV charging point

In a UK first, tidal power is now being used to power electric vehicles in Shetland. Nova Innovation has announced the opening of the UK's first tidal-powered electric car charging station. The facility is situated on the island of Yell in Shetland…

It’s time to replace Cling Film

Did you know that every year, households in the UK use more than 1.2 billion metres of Cling Film?   This is equal to 745,000 miles of cling film – enough to travel around the world 30 times!   Cling film is terribly hard to rec…

Boris Dyes Hair Green for Climate Change

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has dyed his famous blonde locks green and vowed his hair will stay green until the United Kingdom reaches its climate change targets. The UK aims to be net-zero by 2050 and in November will host the UN Climate Confe…

Purpose – More important in retail than ever before!

Consumers are, now, more than ever looking to shop with brands that share their ideals and values. How can retailers determine their purpose and convey it to both their employees and customers? Fears for the future of our planet and the treatment of …

Ditch Bathroom Plastic

According to shocking new research, recyclable bathroom waste accounts for up to 40% of overall landfill waste in the UK.   The findings showed that while 90% of packaging in our kitchens is recycled, just 50% is recycled in our bathrooms.…

Asda removes plastic bags for fresh produce

The supermarket chain, ASDA has announced that plastic bags will be removed from all of its fresh produce aisles. According to the supermarket, this change should prevent more than 100 million pieces of plastic from being used by the store each year.…

Law Firm creates climate positive workforce

Manchester Solicitors, 3D Solicitors who work out of Queen’s Chambers in Manchester have joined Play It Green to become the first Manchester-based law firm to make their workforce Climate Positive.   3D Solicitors, one of Manchester’s most…

Support people like Justin with Play It Green

When you join Play It Green, you help people like Justin build a better way of life for their families and for themselves. Justin has seven children and many more grandchildren living in Androhibe, Madagascar. Justin used to be a rice farmer a…

H&M Releases Eco-Conscious Range

With the introduction of "Innovation Stories," which takes the form of capsule collections, H&M is taking a new approach to its sustainability-focused apparel lines. Starting March 18, the first, named "Innovation Science," will be release…

John Lewis is first UK retailer to sign Terra Carta

Congratulations to John Lewis for being the first UK retailer to commit to HRH The Prince of Wales' Terra Carta, a pledge to make companies agree to become more sustainable by supporting nature, people and planet, both today and in the future. …

What will holidays look like in the future?

During the Covid pandemic, much of the world was in lockdown and the future of the tourism industry is in jeopardy. No one has been able to predict how the global epidemic will change our lives so much when we enter 2020. The freedom of travel…

Five easy ways to live a more sustainable life

Sustainability is a must to help with climate change, but making huge changes in your life can be difficult, which is why Play It Green will produce weekly tips to give you simple changes that over time will make a huge difference to your contributio…

Play It Green Joins Forces with The Eden Project to restore the planet

Play It Green Joins Forces with The Eden Project to restore the planet In October 2020, Play It Green’s very own CEO, Chris Thair signed a partnership agreement with The Eden Project, one of the worlds largest reforestation and environmental r…

The world’s most sustainable Football Club

Forest Green Rovers introduces eco-thinking and technology to a new and diverse audience: football fans. In 2010 The team began its journey to become the world's first carbon neutral football club and has since been described by FIFA as "the greenest…

ASDA opens new sustainability store

Asda recently opened a new sustainability testing shop and unveiled a new plastic reduction strategy. It promises customers will no longer pay more for greener options. Asda has partnered with some of the UK's most popular local brands includi…

Is sustainability the future of business?

Companies are increasingly wanting to act in a sustainable manner that complies with ethical and climate goals. Investors, customers, and business leaders are more attentive than ever to sustainable development. The extent to which a business …

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