It’s World Environment Day and we’re here to celebrate

We’re looking at 5 of the most amazing things that have happened for our planet over the past 10 years

From organisations like Greenpeace and WWF to the environmentally-conscious people and communities of the world, the various efforts to save the planet have been beautiful to watch. We’re taking a look at 5 of the best things that have happened for the environment in the past decade.

Gucci goes seasonless

This year, Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, announced that the label would be decreasing its number of fashion shows from five to two, saying that “clothes should have a longer life“. By not adhering to seasonal fashion shows, and reducing the number of collections released, Gucci will be hugely helping the environment in a direct sense but also by being a great influence to other labels and the fast fashion industry. This is a brilliant step towards a more sustainable fashion industry as a whole!

Protection of the Amazon rainforest

In 2014, the Brazilian government worked with WWF to turn a huge expanse of the Amazon rainforest into a combination of sustainable-use and strict protected areas. The Amazon rainforest stabilises the planet’s climate and is home to incredible biodiversity so this was fantastic news for the environment!

Microbeads are banned

A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads came into force in the UK in 2018. As it is thought that one shower alone could result in roughly 100,000 microbeads going down the drain and into the ocean, this ban was a huge triumph for the sea and its marine life. There is also a proposed ban of single-use cotton buds, that will be enforced in the UK this year, which will be another big win for the planet!

If you’re wondering what you’re going to use instead, Amazon sell a whole host of reusable beauty products, like these reusable bamboo cotton pads and these reusable cotton buds.

Increasing population of wild tigers

Thanks to enhanced protection, the population of wild tigers has been rising in recent years! In 2010 there was an estimated 3,200 wild tigers… now there are around 3,900. This is the first time there’s been a global increase in the population of wild tigers so it’s really amazing news.

The plastic bag tax

The plastic bag tax means that large shops are required, by law, to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags. This law was passed in the UK in 2015, in Wales in 2011 and in Scotland in 2014. The law caused a 90%+ decrease in plastic bag use in England’s main supermarkets, according to research, which was a huge step towards combatting plastic pollution. Plus, this year in October, a ban against plastic straws will be enforced!

Written by Sophie Corderoy