Plastic consumption and entanglement kills 100,000 fish annually.
Only 57% of plastic bottles sold in the UK in 2016 were collected for recycling. Opportunities to tackle this problem lie within innovations relating to how we recycle, reuse and redesign every day products to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
Around 15 per cent, or 5.1 million adults in England, can be described as “functionally illiterate”.
1 in 8 adults in Wales lack basic literacy skills. Opportunities to tackle this challenge include innovative approaches to education, community based support groups and revaluations of the way in which we approach teaching literacy.
We will consume over 50m calories in our lives, secure food sources are crucial for a thriving nation.
In the UK, there are twelve farmers aged over 65 for every one under 35. We import over 50% of our food and feed, at significant ecological cost. Opportunities to tackle this challenge include new commerce platforms, improved incentives for farmers, and technologies that increase productivity and profitability in the industry.
Finding secure shelter in 2018 should be a realistic expectation for all, yet homelessness is on the rise in the UK.
In the UK, homelessness has more than doubled in the last few years. The cause could be anything from losing a job, leaving a partner, or longer term impact from adverse childhood experiences. Opportunities to tackle this challenge include supporting the community with rehabilitation programmes, innovative education delivery, and new approaches to shelter.