Catch the latest this Sunday on the rise of sustainable investing, the power of renewable energy, recycling initiatives and the economic value of vegan ranges in retail. 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.
August begins with sustaianbility news from the UN and a plethora of global climate issues. Also featured this week is zero carbon transport, innovation in nano tube technology, Britons recycling deposit return scheme, Burberry's redesigns and backlash against black Friday.
An exciting week in sustainability with news on the latest polls, renewable energy, parliamentary developments, fashion , food and retail! 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.
Time to hang up your dirty laundry and skip a boring adultmin chore? I wrote a little feature on the debates surrounding whether to wash or not wash our favourite fashion staples in the name of a)preserving our environment and b)prolonging the lifespan of garments. It probes into the attitudinal shift, menace of microfibres, energy/water conservation & a call to arms for innovation by utility manufacturers & FMCG companies.
Paradoxical plane behaviour proves to be a hot topic this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos as a record number of private jets land to ferry in the world’s business and political leaders for climate change discussions. Alongside Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old school strike activist, marked her place at the Summit demanding economists tackle the global warming crisis with urgency likened to if their house was on fire. Questions surrounding supply chain efficacy also hit the headlines as it is revealed the factory producing Comic Relief Spice Girls merchandise pays Bangladeshi factory staff 35p an hour. Meanwhile at home, Poundland faces penance for selling valentines ‘plastic nothing’ and the ‘Marie Kondo’ effect is causing a small-scale tsunami of donations to charity stores across Britain.
From Chelmsford to China and Kensington to Kuala Lumpur, this export expose seeks to shed light on what truly happens to the majority of our plastic recycling after it has left our humble abodes and the facilities of businesses. We know that our strengths in exports lie in machinery, vehicles, Royal Wedding memorabilia, Cadburys and Piers Morgan, however Britain has also developed a seismic routine dependence on exporting our plastic waste. What’s a PRN? How did the UK recycling system become corrupt, embroiled in scandal and a facilitator in trash mafias? What exactly is the Green Fence and National Sword Policy? Why does it matter that our recycling is dumped overseas? Does Michael Gove need to go to Specsavers? Pertinent questions that will all be addressed.
Musings of S & S: In Review look to survey and report on the latest in literature, media & cultural attractions. Turning The Tide on Plastic by Lucy Siegel is a contemporary and comprehensive publication that explores our problematic relationship with cold, hard shiny polyethylene terephthalate. As a body of work, it provides much needed historical context, number crunching and statistical evidence on this material’s pervasive systematic integration into modernity. In this piece, I have extracted the 10 key takeaways from Lucy’s writing that I believe to be at the crux of digesting the current status quo and moving forward in tackling our plastic paralysis.