Germany is ahead of the pack – in the consumption of raw materials. Around 16 metric tons are used there per person every year, amounting to almost 45 kilos per day. Internationally Germany, thus, ranks in fifth place.
Around half of the demand results from the needs of private households, in particular from living and nutritional needs.
At the same time Germany also ranks highly in waste production with every person producing on average almost 1.7 kilograms of waste every day, 617 kilograms every year.
Start now and think about what you can do to lower your consumption and minimise or recycle waste.
Why it is important to recycle raw materials
Oil, ores, timber – we use numerous raw materials in our daily lives, most of which are finite resources. In future a shortage of these resources might change our lifestyle significantly. The extraction and processing of raw materials is costly in terms of energy consumption. Which is why protecting resources also means climate protection. Every metric ton of glass that is recycled instead of newly produced, for example, saves 1.2 metric tons in raw materials and 40 percent in energy. Recycling also helps reduce the amount of waste that is produced every year impacting the environment.
Luckily there are many easy ways in which we can reduce raw material consumption and correctly dispose of used resources so that they may be recycled. With a few simple steps you can make a real difference!
Let‘s start today
From waste separation to using cloth bags for shopping – saving resources and recycling is a lot easier than you may think. The simplest things can have a huge impact.