Forest fashions take center stage at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, starting today. As part of our Forests for Fashion initiative with UNECE/FAO, and a range of other partners such as the UN Forum on Forests, Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T, PEFC Italy, PEFC Spain and SFI, we are highlighting the role of forests and forest products towards a sustainable fashion sector, throughout the HLPF. Exhibition on Forests, Fashion and the SDGs (8-20 July) The ‘Forests for Fashion’ exhibit brings together the work of many designers, all inspired to use forest-derived materials for their creations.
The year 2021 has become an important year for the U.K. when it comes to taking action on climate change. In addition to hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) later this year, the U.K. government will set the world’s most ambitious climate change target – to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.
U.K. consumers are also becoming more environmentally savvy. In 2020, recycling rates for aluminum beverage can recycling reached 82%, its highest rate ever, and a 6% year-on-year increase from 2019. According to Alupro, there is an increasing awareness among U.K. consumers about the benefits of recycling and a significant shift in their behaviors. The rise in the volume of aluminum recovered from incinerator bottom ash can also be attributed to several new companies being approved to issue Packaging Recovery Notes and the commissioning of several new U.K. energy recovery facilities.
While the U.K. government is making strides to combat climate change, several grassroots organizations are also encouraging people to prioritize sustainable choices every day. For example, Every Can Counts – a not-for-profit program supported by Crown – is striving to achieve a 100% recycling rate for beverage cans across Europe. Launched in 2009, Every Can Counts is now active in 19 countries and continues to grow. As part of its efforts, the team works to improve can recycling facilities and drive changes in consumer behavior.
In addition to our involvement with Every Can Counts, our commitment to encouraging and empowering beverage manufacturers and consumers alike to accelerate sustainability is reflected in our Twentyby30 program. Two objectives in particular focus on recycling: to raise recycling rates in our major markets and to increase the average recycled content in our products. Partnering with initiatives like Every Can Counts is one of the many steps we are taking to achieve our goals. We know that by working together across the supply chain we can ensure that as many cans as possible reach recycling facilities and enter the infinite recycling loop.