In 1970, Earth Overshoot Day – the day when human consumption exceeds what nature can regenerate in a year – was 29th December. In 2019, it was 29th July.
Thanks to Covid, Earth Overshoot Day came later in 2020: on 22nd August. Even so, we are consuming the equivalent of 1.6 Earths every year. Quite simply, we are exhausting our planet’s resources. So here are some introductions to the ‘circular economy’, the ‘zero waste’ lifestyle, and tips on how to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ (in that order) our way out of this mess of waste.