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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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