Why the environment matters to me…

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 Andy Nadin – aftersales manager at UNTHA UK.

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

Along with Julie, our service coordinator, I look after customers’ requirements once their machines are up and running. This means I handle everything from spare and wear parts, to machine services and engineering visits.

Complete the sentence – the UK is great at recycling…

In the past year, I’d probably say we’ve excelled at recycling glass – more specifically beer bottles – as our homes have been transformed into the local pub!

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

If done right, the plastic recycling industry could be the star of the show for waste management this year, as it seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the minute.

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

Recycling – the need to recycle and the benefits from it, could have saved huge amounts of materials being branded as waste. Of course, from an environmental and sustainability point of view, but also the costs associated with valuable resources being lost from the value chain.  

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

Humans’ ignorance surrounding the actual impact we are having on the environment, is a serious risk.

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

I think this past year has proven we don’t actually need the ‘stuff’ we are led to believe we do. Ask yourself ‘can I do without it?’ – I suppose this goes back to the ‘’make do and mend’ attitude. 

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

Every 40 seconds, gold mining produces the weight of the Eiffel Tower in waste… according to Google that is!

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

An UNTHA shredder – did you know we offer a rebuild service?

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

Much like our managing director Marcus Brew, I think I’d need more than just a day! Closing the loop and increasing CSR representation within all companies on a national level would be crucial, and even then, businesses need to take responsibility for their actions into their own hands too.

Complete the sentence – in 100 years’ time, I hope…

… our lives will have returned to some sort of ‘normality’. Hopefully the pubs will be back open too, as I may need a drink by then! But seriously, I hope the planet is in better condition than it is today.

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