Bad news, kids. The UK's recycling figures dropped for the first time last year, suggesting that we are by no means perfect when it comes to living sustainably.
According to sustainable living advocate and Impossible labs co-founder Kwame Ferreira, we should be taking a (green) leaf out of other European countries' books.
"People are so eloquent about recycling and connecting sustainable movements, particularly in Central Europe. They're embracing a much more alternative, eco-friendly way of living."
Europe's mission to recycle 65 per cent of waste by 2030 says it all, and loads of countries are pioneering some incredible projects to take the fight against climate change and our less than green habits to the next level.
Here's a selection of the lessons we can learn from our European cousins.
Norway's supermarket offshoot for out-of-date food
In beautiful alignment with the Norwegian government's agreement to reduce food waste by 50 per cent by 2030, mainstream supermarket Lentusgruppen have opened the first offshoot for out-of-date food in Oslo, and it's called Best Før.
Throughout the country, "use by" labels have also been changed to "best before", discouraging shoppers from dismissing older produce altogether, and smaller packs of food were also introduced to try and minimise food waste.
Best Før's operations manager Naeeh Ahmed is also working on a website for people to advertise food that needs to be eaten, expanding the sustainable Norwegian community.
Switzerland's 100 per cent recycling economy
The Swiss have long been proclaimed as the "world champions" of recycling, recycling at least 51 per cent of their waste since 2013.
Zurich operates a system in which you must buy specific bags to put your recyclables in. As part of their "polluter pays" principle, you face a fine if you don't. The money you spend on these bags goes towards funding the waste collection service, as well.
Waste management and recycling is also an intrinsic part of the Swiss curriculum, ensuring that it's deeply engrained in Swiss culture for generations to come.
Sweden: a renewable energy haven
Impressively, over half of Sweden's energy is generated by renewable resources, and it's on target to run 100 per cent on renewable energy by 2040.
Last winter, it broke records for the amount of energy generated by wind turbines during a particularly heavy storm.
The Swedes' recycling skills are also so out of this world that they have to import rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going, as 99 per cent of its waste is now recycled.
Germany's vegan revolution
In 2016, Germany launched more vegan food products than any other country. Veganz, Europe's first vegan supermarket, was launched in Berlin in 2011, and now has ten stores across the country.
Despite its worldwide notoriety for delicious schnitzel and bratwurst, the Germans are leading the meat-free way. Environment minister Barbara Hendricks made a statement earlier this year advocating a ban on meat at official government functions.