As if Monday’s aren’t hard enough, today is officially Blue Monday, which is apparently the most depressing day of the year! Many factors contribute to this – from the cold and wet January weather, the debt level post Christmas, the inevitable post Christmas comedown, generally low motivation levels and for many – the failure to sustain their new year’s resolutions. It makes for depressing reading!

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do about the weather or the fact Christmas is over, but here at Affinity for Business we are making sure we stick to our sustainability resolutions, so to try and cheer our lovely customers up, and make Blue Monday a little less blue, we have pulled together a list of positive changes that have occurred as a result of the world’s efforts to become more sustainable over the past year!

Last week, it was announced that Theresa May is pledging to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. This commitment is part of a 25-year plan to improve the natural environment.

In September last year, it was revealed that the Snow leopard is no longer ‘endangered’. The status change followed a three-year assessment process by five international experts.

Last December, it was revealed that every major country in the world except India reduced its consumption of coal last year, with demand for the dirty fuel forecast to stagnate for the next half decade, according to official forecasts. The International Energy Agency said 5.3bn tonnes of coal equivalent were burnt in 2016, down 1.9% on the year before and 4.2% on 2014, the fastest decline since 1990-1992, when the global economy was in recession.

High street supermarket, Tesco, is preparing to become the only UK retailer to stop wasting food suitable for human consumption, promising none of its UK stores will waste produce by March. The company’s chief executive Dave Lewis revealed the plans for all 2,654 stores, and called for other supermarket chains to follow Tesco’s example. Though exact details are vague on how they plan to implement the change, they have said as long as the food is fit for human consumption, they’d prefer it to go to people through food banks or other charity schemes, recycled as animal feed. Watch this space!

It’s not just businesses making the change – consumers are making the change too. An international study by Unilever revealed that a third of consumers (33%) are now choosing to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good.

So you see, it’s not all bad! Here’s to a less depressing and more sustainable 2018….