Is London Doing Enough to Support the Circular Economy?

I was at a conference in London recently when another event attendee turned to me and asked, ‘Do you think London is doing enough to support the circular economy?’. It was such a loaded question, with so many variables, and it felt unfair to say either yes, or no, without really sitting down and doing my research. I responded ‘I’ll have to get back to you on that one’, and so I set about writing this piece.

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How To Be A Zero Waste To Landfill Business

Before we get involved in the ‘how’, we thought it would be a good idea to start this guide with the ‘who’, showing you some of the UK’s best examples of zero waste to landfill companies. These businesses have made a strategy, a culture, and a series of decisions that have led them to this point; to say it’s impossible for your company to do the same is to accept defeat without even trying.

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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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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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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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Gaza is Recycling Bomb Wreckages. What Does That Mean For Europe?

Whilst Gaza recycles bomb wreckages, we have a recycling rate of just 39% in the UK.

Humans are both the most creative and most destructive force on this planet, living often in disharmony with one another, and ourselves. We stretch our time, our energy, and our resources, putting ourselves under great scrutiny and pressure. But, as a wise person once said, ‘pressure makes diamonds.’

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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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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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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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