Resource Association Calls on the European Union to Be Bold in Consultation Response

A Golden Opportunity for Recycling?

European Union Waste Recycling

The Resource Association has given a glowing and optimistic view in response to new European Union recycling consultation document.  The document outlined new proposals that are currently under discussion by the EU.  This post takes a look at what they are, and the likelihood of how far the EU will go in relation to overhauling Europe wide recycling.

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Walmart Finally Gets with the Beat

walmart sustainability

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the world’s largest private employer with 2.2 million employees worldwide.  It has a vast supply chain that spans the globe, and it relies heavily on materials which if poorly managed damage the world.  As such, taking a sustainable approach to business is not an easy thing for the retailer to do.

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Texas Landfill Develops Waste Mining Operation Powering 1600 Homes with Electricity

 Texas Landfill Waste Mining

Landfills pose a major problem for climate change around the world.  They release methane, a greenhouse gas.  In most developed world countries, 50% of landfill gas is methane, and this contributes significantly to climate change.  Although recycling schemes have been introduced, the issue of methane gas is still a problem to be solved.

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Could an EU Circular Economy Generate Jobs and Slash Household Bills?

Green Alliance Believes that Reused Products Could Slash Unemployment

Recycling Unemployment

Unemployment and the environment are never far from the news.  Whether it is a television documentary or an article in the press, both topics seem to draw us in.  It is with some interest then that the Green Alliance believes that an EU-wide circular economy could bring down unemployment and lower household bills.  In this post, we look at how their ideas are formed.

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No Need to Feel Guilty if you leave that Coffee to catch your Flight at Gatwick Airport


Coffee Flight Airport 

New £3.8m Food Waste Facility will Power Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal

It is fair to say that we have all been waiting for a flight, bus, or train, and have left food to board it at some point in our lives.  You have probably felt guilty as you threw away a half eaten sandwich or a coffee knowing that it was going to landfill. 

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Tracking the Price of your Waste

Price Recycling Money

Waste like other commodities has fluctuating prices.  Therefore, to make your waste as profitable as possible it is important to track the price on at least a monthly basis.  This not only ensures you can keep tabs on your waste partner prices with accuracy, but it also means you get fewer surprises when you are offered less for your waste than you were the previous month.

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We need to talk about Rubber

Rubber Trees

Rubber is an essential substance to humankind.  It has tens of thousands of applications from car and aircraft tyres to medical equipment.  At this time synthetic rubber simply does not offer the same load –bearing qualities or resistance performance.   As such, rubber is one material we can’t live without. 

 

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Timberland: The Brand Trying to Save the World One Sustainability Practice at a Time

Timberland and Sustainability

Clothing manufacturers are not known for having responsible manufacturing processes or sustainability practices.  This was more than highlighted in 2013 when over a thousand people died when the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh.  Timberland, however, is the exception to the rule.  The company has been taking action against climate change since 2003.

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How to Turn your Waste into a Commodity

Take Inspiration from Fashion Recycling Week to Commoditise your Waste

Fashion Recycling Week

Later this month, retailer H&M and the London College of Fashion are poised to launch ‘Fashion Recycling Week’.  The event runs from the 31st August to 6th September.  The idea is that fashion students will create window installations using clothes that have been collected from the public as part of H&M’s garment collecting initiative.  The initiative was established to reduce waste in the fashion industry by repurposing unwanted clothes.

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Will Nespresso Ever Provide Coffee without Guilt?

Nespresso Coffee Guilt

There are a lot of positive things to be said about Nespresso and their endeavours to make a better world.  As part of the Nestle they have a range of sustainability initiatives which are very colourfully displayed on their website.  They pay their Sudanese coffee farmers around forty percent more than the current rate conventional coffee growers receive.  This has led to Sudan having a viable commodity to export which is very important for an African state. 

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Brazilian Documentary Highlighting Sustainable Micro-Businesses Gives Hope

CenaRIO Sustentabilidade em Ação

Last month the documentary CenaRIO Sustentabilidade em Ação which translate to ScenaRIO Sustainability in Action, premiered in Rio.  The film was made by 30 students, shooting the footage on smartphones.  It was made and released as part of the Rio+20 World Centre for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the National Insurance School (ENS) initiatives.

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How Office Building Design is Becoming Greener and more Sustainable in Ways you May not Expect

 The ingenious office building designs that are making business greener and more sustainable

Green Building

If we look at the evolution of office building design, it is easy to see how architects are adding greener and sustainable elements to their creations.  Depending on where you live in the world, you have probably noticed an increase in the use of solar panels and wind farms for commercial spaces.  There are other less obvious ways, that office buildings are becoming greener and more sustainable.

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Raise your Glass to Recycling and Bring in the Money

Pubs / Clubs are you throwing away Money?

Glass Recycling

In an age where recycling is important, waste is becoming a commodity.  New businesses are springing up every day which buy and sell business waste.  Glass, paper, plastics, and a whole myriad of materials we regularly throw away could be used to bring in a second income. The bottom line is that if you’re not selling your business waste to a waste collector, you are probably throwing away cash.  This article explains the nuts and bolts of selling your waste for a profit.

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From Meatballs to Energy Ikea’s Sustainable Actions Inspire!

Meatballs Energy Ikea Sustainable

Although multinationals have to show how they are reducing emissions and enacting sustainable measures in their business practice, it is fair to say some are going further than others.   On the one hand you have companies that are paying lip service to those that are actively trying to achieve zero waste.  Ikea is not just fighting climate change with its sustainable practices; it is leading the charge in true Viking style.

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Educate yourself as to the Value of your Waste Plastic and Paper

Universities, are you throwing away Cash?

University Recycling Bins

Every year the UK recycles about eight million tonnes of paper and cardboard.  Although this figure is high this only represents 67% of the amount of paper waste we throw away.  For plastics, we produce 5 million tonnes of plastic a year, but we recycle a lot less although this figure is improving all the time.  The purpose of this article is to show how you can turn your business waste into a valuable and profitable commodity.

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Facilities Managers- Good Waste Management Generates Revenue and Cuts Costs

Utilise Better Waste Collection Services

Waste Collection Services

Regardless of the type of organisation you work for, it can benefit from better waste management.  As you read this post, organisations and charities are working hard to promote the circular economy and zero waste among businesses.  This idea that everything can be reused and resources harvested in an environmentally conscientious way is growing both in popularity and practicality. 

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