Stranger times

We may have to cut back on the Christmas light usage this year, but at least I got to see this pretty display at Potato Head Beach Club in Bali on my travels.

Having now returned from my extended trip across Thailand and then Bali, the feeling’s a mixed one. Obviously I’ve got the post-holiday blues, but the UK is increasingly a stranger place to be right now.

Aside from our former health secretary trying to win back the public opinion by appearing on the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, (sigh), there are also serious talks of potential black-outs in the New Year to save on energy as resources if Europe cuts gas exports – as if January in the UK isn’t bleak enough.

The iconic Regent Street in London has announced it will only turn on its Christmas light display up from 3-11pm each day in order to save on energy consumption, and in our household we’re also talking about not putting up the outdoor Christmas lights to do our bit. Sad, as the twinkly lights are what helps create the magic around the festive season I think, but at least I can find joy in more candles and blankets. They seem to be taking over the house right now, but more is more in this case.

Back to cans, and metal packaging companies in the US have been bolstering sustainability campaigns and sharing resources and information across social media as yesterday marked National Recycling Day (15 November). CMI is also urging leaders to take action on recycling in upcoming legislation during the remaining weeks of the 117th Congress, which you can read more about here.

To end on a positive note, we’ve just shared our Asia CanTech video, which can be viewed here. Additionally – we’re going to release more details in the coming weeks – but I’m happy to announce that next year we will be returning to Bangkok for Asia CanTech 2023. It really was such an incredible three days in October, and here at Bell we’re excited to do it all again next year. Hope you can join us!

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