Why the environment matters to me…

Alice Kelly social media executive

The climate change agenda took something of a back seat, while the world battled against Covid-19. But that doesn’t mean the environment didn’t continue to matter a great deal, to many people. So, to celebrate all things sustainability, help share tips for smarter environmental thinking and remind each other just how much our carbon impact matters, we’re inviting colleagues and friends of the business to take part in our quickfire environmental Q&A.

Next up, it’s Alice Kelly — social media executive at UNTHA UK…

Where do you fit into the environmental sector? Tell us a little bit about your role at UNTHA…

My position as social media executive sees me take ownership of UNTHA’s social media strategy and building brand awareness across our channels. You will often find me liaising with external parties — including videographers and photographers — to ensure that brand credibility remains a premium and the messaging continues to reflect our global approach.

Complete the sentence – the UK is great at recycling…

…all sorts! The UNTHA range is capable of tackling a multitude of products — from tyres and mattresses to cardboard and plastic bags. However, an image that has stuck with me is that of the ZR shredding around 60 unwanted washing machines with ease!

Which sector do you think could achieve significant environmental progress this year?

I believe organisations across all sectors should be addressing the amount of single-use packaging in circulation. Although there is definitely progress being made in this area — with compostable or recyclable options and refill schemes — there’s still lots more to be done.

What do you wish you’d known about the environment, as a child?

I wish there’d been more education around the subject in schools from an early age. Perhaps if we’d swapped out an hour of Statistics for Environmental Awareness I’d have retained a bit more information — and we’d all be adopting more sustainable habits, sooner!

What’s the single biggest threat to the environment, in your opinion?

Climate change.

Share 1 tip to help people be ‘greener’, at work or at home:

Avoid unnecessary packaging where possible and separate all household waste so everything goes where it’s supposed to.

Tell us an environmental statistic that you think people need to know:

It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic waste in the natural environment.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever reused/upcycled?

Although I can’t take full credit, my partner is a keen joiner and so we are always on the lookout for second-hand timber which he can use to create furniture, log stores, and decorative pieces — our home is full of it!

If you were prime minister for the day, what’s the one thing you’d do to improve the UK’s sustainability agenda?

Stop single-use plastic!

Complete the sentence – in 100 years’ time…

Our future generations are living in a more sustainable world — and the risks of global warming have been greatly reduced

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