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The Bigger Picture - Statements
• About 1000 million people in the world (approximately one in five) don’t get
enough food each day to be able to lead productive lives.
• More than 1 in 10 people on our planet cannot access the critical minimum diet
necessary to stay healthy and maintain body weight.
• 25,000 people die each day from using dirty water.
• The people of Europe consume three times their share of the world’s resources
compared with an equal share for everyone.
• Recycling 1 kg of aluminium saves 8 kg of bauxite, 4 kg of chemical products
and 14 kw of electricity.
• Only 11per cent of our rubbish is recycled in the UK. Switzerland, Holland and
Germany recycle half their waste, so why can't we?
• In 1999 we bought 654 million batteries. The current rate for recycling
consumer rechargeables is just 5 per cent and virtually no consumer disposable
batteries are recycled. Most batteries in the UK end up in landfill sites where
heavy metals may leak from them and pollute the environment as the outer coating
• It is estimated that an average of ten tonnes of resources are used to
manufacture every tonne of product that we buy.
• The average person in the UK throws out their body weight in rubbish every
three months. Most of this could be reprocessed but instead it is sent to
incinerators or landfill.
• Half of all UK fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues. Removing
pesticides from UK drinking water costs us £120m a year.
• Friends of the Earth calculate that to live within our environmental limits
and allow a fair distribution of the earth’s resources, by 2050 the UK needs to
consume 73 per cent less timber, 15 per cent less water and 50-88 per cent less
virgin minerals than we do now.
• Over six million electrical items are thrown away every year in the UK. It is
estimated that over half of them are still working or could easily be repaired.
• People buy and consume what producers make. Producers make what designers
design. Designers are therefore the most important decision makers in
determining how we use the earth’s scarce resources.