Our Green Champions series is back and this issue we take a look at the 7 year old boy who is helping to save the planet with his recycling business, starting when he was just a toddler, Ryan Hickman has found a passion for recycling and has grown his business impressively so far he has his college fund up and running and has become a patron of the Pacific Marine Mammal Centre. All at such a young age.
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Paper cup waste is an ever increasing worry with the amount ending up in landfill, this is where Starbucks have stepped forward, they are leading the way on trying to prevent an unprecedented amount being wasted. They have tackled all aspects to try and help save the environment, such as saving water consumption by 23%.
When you think of 02, you think of just another mobile phone company which helps with the increasing e-waste, but you could be no wrong, 02 were the first company to launch an eco rating with their mobile phones and have been working with a sustainability advisor since 2008. 02 have since helped 12 million customers change their behaviour and saved natural resources along the way, they are this weeks Green Champions
Nike has worked for 15 years to track and minimise the environmental impact of its operations, with changing and scarce resources, Nike have started to tackle the issue of sustainable materials. Nike has focused on trying to reduce waste and try to reuse as much as they can, by 2020 they aim to have a zero waste to landfill policy in place.
Manchester are one of the biggest football clubs in the world but they are more than just that, in 2000 they started an environmental journey to help them become more sustainable, for example rainwater which is collected is used to irrigate the pitch and any food waste is sent to be composted.
The Hilton Hotel chain is now one of the world's biggest and most recognisable brands in the hotel world, with one of their values focuses on the environment, they have reduced their carbon footprint and joined with WWF to help reduce food waste and support sustainable seafood, but this is just one of their ideas in action among many others.
Arriva is one of the largest providers of public transport in Europe who employ more than 60,000 people and provide services to over 2.2 billion passengers per year. With this amount of travel, the need to help protect the environment is more important than before, Arriva now operate electric buses and gas powered buses running from 100% bio-gas.
McDonalds' golden arches are iconic around the world and serve billions of customers each year, so there is no surprise that along with cigarette butts fast food wrappers contribute to a vast amount of litter, McDonalds have recognised the problem and strive to help anywhere they can, for example they complete a litter pick daily around their area as well as join in and organise community clean up events.