S & S News: The Week in Highlights 18.08.2019

S & S News: The Week in Highlights shares a collection of current articles, reports and stories that are newsworthy in the realm of sustainability, social responsibility and beyond. Feature promise: Absolutely no fake news.

Good morning gang! This week is happy news as Europe experiences records levels of investments in sustainability in the first 6 months of 2019 with a record breaking €36.9bn transferred into sustainable funds in Europe! BOOM! As millennials favour ethical investments over high returns the Treasury launches the investigation into the economics of biodiversity (better late than never). It’s not raining men but raining plastic as polymer particles are falling from the sky in the Arctic and Rocky Mountains.

The power of renewables is underpinned by a report that reveals Europe holds space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world and could create 100 times more energy!

Studying turns sin free as Goldsmiths University London is the first educational institution to ban the beef burger. Beers get a better agenda with Cors committing to cut emissions by 50% and ensure all packaging is 100 per cent reusable, recyclable, compostable or biodegradeable by 2025.

Coffee is powering cycling as Nespresso collaborates with with Vélosophy to debut a new bike designed to highlight the benefits of recycling aluminium coffee pods!

In retail, Boots trial a deposit return scheme in Scotland and M & S launches its lingerie campaign ‘Swhop’ to encourage returns of old bras in the hope to mitigate underwear landfill waste.

Finally, the power of plants sees Dr Martens profits increase by 70% with vegan shoes and their  online sales rising by two-thirds to £72.7m, accounting for 16% of total revenues for the company!

Treasury kicks off review into ‘economics of biodiversity via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3080488/treasury-kicks-off-review-into-economics-of-biodiversity

Molson Coors joins Science-Based Targets with 1.5C goal and new plastics strategy via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3080429/molson-coors-joins-science-based-targets-with-15c-goal-and-new-plastics-strategy

Sustainable funds attract record levels of investment via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3080380/sustainable-funds-attract-record-levels-of-investment

Don’t bin your bras: M&S briefs bra fitters to promote recycling service via Business Green 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3080378/dont-bin-your-bras-m-s-briefs-bra-fitters-to-promote-recycling-service

RE:CYCLE: Nespresso turns coffee pods into designer bicycle via Business Green

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3080387/re-cycle-nespresso-turns-coffee-pods-into-designer-bicycle

Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49295051

Alpine climbing routes crumble as climate crisis continues via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2019/aug/16/alpine-climbing-routes-crumble-as-climate-crisis-continues

Europe has space for enough wind turbines to power the entire world, study finds via Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/europe-wind-turbines-power-world-renewable-energy-a9057251.html

Fracking causing rise in methane emissions, study finds via Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/14/fracking-causing-rise-in-methane-emissions-study-finds

Millennials Favor Ethical Investments Over High Returns via Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhvimavadiya/2019/08/14/millennials-favor-ethical-investments-over-high-returns/#52b89def6b8f

Dr Martens’ profits up 70% with success of new ‘vegan’ range via Guardian 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/12/dr-martens-profits-up-70-with-success-of-new-vegan-range

University bans hamburgers ‘to tackle climate change’ via BBC 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49321560

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