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, friends of the business and our peers in the wider industry to take part in our quickfire environmental Q&A.

Next up, it’s Martyn Yarde, our sales manager.

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

As sales manager, my role is to identify and propose solutions for our customers’ recycling initiatives.

Complete the sentence – the UK is great at recycling…

Wood, we’ve developed so many clever ways to reuse and repurpose it.

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

EV car batteries!

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

How every decision we make as humans, has a consequence for all of us.

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

Global warming – it’s not just threatening to us as humans, but to all species of animals that will be affected by climate change too.

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

Reuse reuse reuse – the less we can throw away the better.

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

31,943,223 of non-renewable resources will be extracted from the earth this year.

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

Furniture – buying and selling second-hand furniture has become so much easier to do over the last few years which is great to see, as it is much harder to dispose of.

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

I’d make sure all closed-loop recycle schemes are being investigated and actioned, so that our waste does a full circle and is reused wherever possible.

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

That the earth is still a beautiful place for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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