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The bottle vs can debate, Cyprus recycles and sustainable city economics

The bottle vs can debate, Cyprus recycles and sustainable city economics

What’s better for the environment – almunium cans or plastic bottles?

The focus on “plastic pollution” has led to a virtual war on the single use plastic bottle. This isn’t the only way to buy a cold drink on the go: the aluminium can still has pride of place in many chiller cabinets. Josh Ocampo examines the pros-and-cons of each and while both have big environmental impacts, he thinks there may be one slim winner.

Are Soda Cans or Plastic Bottles Worse for the Environment? – LifeHacker

Why sustainable isn’t accessible

Sustainable Lifestyles are essential to reduce our impact on the environment. However, getting what we need to adapt to this shift in living isn’t always easy. From traveling to clothes to food, options can sometimes be hard to get hold of, or prohibitively expensive. Reducing cost and making products and services more widely available are challenges sustainable companies need to face up to.

Sustainable isn’t accessible – Vanguard

Scaling your production? Here’s how to design for automation

Many sustainable businesses start in a kitchen table and don’t get further. Building a production line requires carefully attention to detail, planning and some forward thinking. Industry Week looks at 5 key areas to think about as you start scaling your business and planning your own production processes.

5 Rules for Designing for Automation – Industry Week

Cyprus adds to global plastic recycling capacity

A 10,000 tonne capacity recycling centre has been opened in Cyprus. The country is the EU’s second largest creator of waste per capita, and it’s hoped the centre will return much of the plastic waste back to the economy.

First plastics recycling plant opened in Cyprus – Plastics in Packaging

“Climate Smart” fund should help more sustainable mining

Demand for minerals dug out of the ground continues to grow, which means more mines opening and staying open longer. To help the sector reduce its impact on the environment and local communities, the World Bank has launched a “climate smart” investment fund targeted specifically at four core themes. Of particular note is a willingness to invest in reducing the impact of materials used in “clean energy” technologies.

World Bank, Germany, Rio and Anglo set up “climate smart” mining fund – MINING.com

Cleanfarm sees growth in Canadian plastics recycling

Funded by the Canadian crop protection, fertilizer, seed and agricultural plastics industries, Cleanfarm has seen a 14 per cent increase in plastics being recycled through its various schemes. This isn’t about consumer plastics though, Cleanfarm works with the agricultural sector to recover pesticide containers, feed packaging and other forms of commercial waste. During 2018 it reported collecting nearly 200 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging.

Cleanfarms Posts Increases in 2018 Ag-Plastic Recovery Programs – Benzinga

Sustainable fashion becomes art in new exhibition

Creating from recycled and sustainable materials is rapidly becoming a de facto way of doing business in the fashion world. A gallery in Vermont, USA, is high-lighting the creativity and innovation in a way that elevates sustainable fashion to a new audience. “Unusual Threads” features the work of over a dozen artists and designers, most with a haute-couture theme.

Southern Vermont Arts Center unveils sustainable fashion exhibition and fundraiser – The Bennington Banner

If we’re creating sustainable cities we need to rethink their economics

Creating sustainable cities based on principles of equity and sustainability means rethinking economics, argues Steven Liaros. This might seem daunting, but our economic and business models are continually being disrupted: Amazon and Uber being two cases in point. Could the circular economy, with its promise of extracting less and reusing more, offer a way to achieve this?

Rethinking the city means rethinking economics  – The Fifth Estate

Net-zero carbon target welcomed by UK Renewables Industry

The UK’s renewables industry has given a thumbs up to the Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to drop CO2 emissions by 2050.

UK green sector welcomes net zero ambition – reNews – Renewable Energy News

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