In 2007 Marks & Spencer launched Plan A. A set of sustainability directives to improve the way the retail giant interacts with the environment and its supply chain. Now, nearly ten years later, Plan A 2020 is a new revised set of initiatives with the aim to make M & S carbon neutral.
It is hard not to think about Scotland without thinking about whiskey. It is something that is arguably in the blood of the Scots. Something they are passionate about, and who could blame them given the worldwide success of their whiskey brands.
Urban mining is the recycling of unwanted products, stripping out anything useful and repurposing it for other projects. The industry grows year on year, with firms dedicated to collecting unwanted office and industry waste, and selling it on to someone who wants it. What is rubbish to one business can literally be gold to another.
The fact is that when we travel we tend to create a larger carbon footprint than when at home. We often have a holiday vibe when we’re abroad, and this makes us a little more carefree. This is taking its toll on the planet, as everywhere from beaches to ski slopes are beginning to suffer.
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.
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.
Not many of us dispute climate change, or the need to reduce our waste to a minimum. Just as importantly, a commitment to the circular economy has proven cost savings. In this post we look at practical steps you can take to help your business join the circular economy.
Big brands attract their share of controversy regardless of what they do. Some of it is driven by the brands themselves and arguably is deserved; some is generated because the brand has grown so large that they become an easy target. Apple, arguably the biggest brand in the world easily falls into this category.
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.
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.
Plastic is a damaging substance to the environment. Often derived from fossil fuels such as gas, oil, and coal, it is estimated that most of our discarded plastic ends up in the ocean. By 2050, it is believed there will be more plastic in our seas than fish. So what are we doing to bring about this end of this environmentally damaging substance?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) are the legal proof that you have disposed of your packaging waste in compliance with current regulations. This post will provide you with an overview of how the system works.
In March of this year, The Guardian reported that Dyson were quietly working on an electric car. The newspaper came across UK government documents that the public were not meant to dwell over. Naturally, it published every word in the document, entitled the ‘National Infrastructure Delivery Plan’.
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.
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.
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.
In October 2015 the UK Government brought England into line with Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland by introducing a carrier bag charge. From that point, any retailer that employed over 250 people had to charge their customers £0.05 for every bag they used. For smaller retailers it was optional.
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.
With energy bills rising year on year the prospect of living in a house that has none is appealing. In 2014 the average electricity and gas bill cost came to £1,344 annually. This is a considerable amount. Just think what you could do with an extra £1300 a year.
Watch any news channel and it is easy to lose faith in humanity. The news is often filled with stories that are shocking, horrible, and confusing. Often leaving us with no sense as to what is going on.
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.