The world consumes 100.6bn tonnes
of materials per year
and overall just
8.6% is recycled
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by 2030
WHY IT MATTERS
Our planet has gifted us with an abundance of natural resources. However, economic and social progress over the last century has seen us use these resources irresponsibly, endangering the very systems on which our future survival depends. Urgent action is needed to ensure that current material needs do not lead to the over-extraction or degradation of our environment. It is time that we learn from our mistakes and discover how to use and produce in more sustainable ways.