Cars are getting heavier. In the same category, the change compared to 30 years ago is dramatic: the weight of cars has increased by more than 15 percent. This goes against the principle of making vehicles more efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the range of electric vehicles. The solution to this problem would be to use lighter materials that also meet safety requirements.
On 18 May 2021, the 75th UN General Assembly approved the application by the International Commission of Glass (ICG) that 2022 be declared an International Year of Glass. Glass has accompanied humanity on its journey of development for nearly 3500 years. Today, as one of the most versatile and important inventions of mankind, it has become a dominant material in our everyday lives and has also taken a prominent position worldwide.
The idea for this international day goes back to 1992, the year in which the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro took place. That same year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Starting a “zero-waste” lifestyle requires serious thought and determination in the first place. We need to be clear about why we want to reduce the amount of waste we produce. The answer is simple: if we love the planet we live on, the beautiful landscapes provided by nature, the amazing flora and fauna, then it is up to each of us to protect them from destruction and save them for ourselves, our families and all of humanity. Once we have the reason, we just have to start implementing the changes step by step, until it becomes part of our daily routine and thus seamlessly integrates into our daily lives.
Many people may not think that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after PET bottles and congestion. The competition between brands is becoming increasingly fierce in the clothing industry as well. Sales are pushing people to buy dozens of T-shirts and clothes. Unfortunately, too few are aware of the fact that our over-excessive consumption of clothes has a significant impact on climate change, as the clothing industry contributes to 8% of global greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere.