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The stamp of sustainability - fit for a Prince?

Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:03:39 GMT

by maxine perella - Admittedly I am not a huge fan of our nation's royal traditions, but I do have a smattering of respect for the Prince of Wales and how he has embraced the environmental agenda with some vigour over the years.

Is the supermarket price war turning into an ethical battlefield?

Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:35:25 GMT

by maxine perella - Earlier this year I interviewed formidable food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart who is not one to mince his words when voicing his thoughts on supermarket supply chain transparency - or rather, the lack of it.

Please go to gate 34 and put your waste in the correct bin on the way

Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:37:21 GMT

by Nick Warburton - Many of us pine for a holiday abroad and every year millions of Brits jet off from UK airports to foreign climes. With passports to hand, the last thing on anyone’s mind is whether the huge mountain of waste generated on-site is landfilled, incinerated or recycled.

Ok, we need to chill out about climate pressures

Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:48:58 GMT

by maxine perella - Our natural response to gradual shifts in climate is to get angry, it seems. Scientists are warning that as our world becomes hotter, we will turn to acts of violence - against ourselves, against governments, against society.

Councils are taking a battering but shock waves will be felt wider

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:58:00 GMT

by Nick Warburton - It was unlikely that the Chancellor’s Spending Review this week was going to herald good news for local authorities and surprise, surprise we now see another round of tough cuts in the pipeline.

A pulled hamstring too far for WRAP?

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:38:05 GMT

by maxine perella - One thing is for sure - Liz Goodwin is putting a brave face on today's announcement that her organisation bore perhaps the biggest brunt of cuts, waste-wise, in this year's Spending Review.

Why make hard work of the case for waste?

Tue, 28 May 2013 16:29:40 GMT

by maxine perella - Owen Paterson has been nesting in his position as Environment Secretary for the past eight months. The signs weren't good as news broke of his appointment, and those concerns were pretty much well-founded as the Conservative MP got to grips with his portfolio.

Think small enough and food wastage could be slashed

Fri, 3 May 2013 10:20:51 GMT

by Nick Warburton - In case you haven’t seen it already, we’ve just published a food waste supplement as part of our Resource Revolution campaign.

It is time to tell people why they recycle and not just how

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:54:37 GMT

by Nick Warburton - My last blog about where our dry recycling ends up has raised some really important points that are worth picking up on.

The waste landscape is in danger of splintering itself

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:58:49 GMT

by maxine perella - You'll have to forgive me. I've been up since 5am. Seventeen hours later of sore feet and solid networking, I am starting to slowly dissolve into the hotel carpet. But this is the first day of Sustainability Live, organised by our own Faversham House, and my head is buzzing like a firefly.

Take a lesson from brave, stoical Snow

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:47:52 GMT

by Natasha Wiseman - A reception held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to celebrate the life and work of the legendary physician and epidemiologist, John Snow, whose 200th anniversary fell on 15 March, had the buzz of a celebrity book launch. And yet on this occasion, this much-deserved figure of idolatry had been dead for 155 years.

People have a right to know how their recycling is used

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:10:53 GMT

by Nick Warburton - Do you know where your dry recycling ends up? I suspect not.

I'm taking a punt on horsemeat as our sustainability saviour

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:09:53 GMT

by maxine perella - We may have unwittingly backed a winner in horsemeat, you know. I’m thinking sustainable consumption here. In this era of radical transparency, such a scandal is raising serious questions among the public at large over not only what they eat, but where the food on their plate originates from.

Better to be safe than sorry?

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:01:53 GMT

by Chris Day - "If it ain't broke - don't fix it:"So the truism goes. Why spend time and money monitoring and maintaining equipment or machinery when it is operating perfectly well and any short-term remedial work can be reacted to 'on the fly'?

Water poverty or just poverty

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:20:29 GMT

by Natasha Wiseman - The line "April is the cruellest month", from TS Eliot's poem The Waste Land is gaining an alternative association in terms of the Government's slash and burn on welfare. Otherwise known as the Welfare Reform Act, it is hitting the poorest households with punitive reductions in their already meagre incomes and it arrives next month.

Nirvana: smells like waste prevention?

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:30:24 GMT

by maxine perella - Consultation on a waste prevention plan for England is finally underway today (11 March) as Defra publishes its call for evidence to inform this important policy driver.

Councils face tough decisions on waste services

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:58:05 GMT

by Nick Warburton - If you look at the direction that local authority budgets are heading, then it is patently clear that councils are either going to have to reduce their costs, increase their income or do a bit of both.

Circular economy's multi-billion dollar prize

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:49:17 GMT

by Nick Warburton - Those of you following developments in Davos, Switzerland last week will probably be aware of an incredibly timely and thought provoking presentation that underlines a growing issue with immense ramifications for the UK economy.

Durability by design: why our emotions should be built to last

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:53:37 GMT

by maxine perella - What touches us on a deeper level could soon unlock some of the toughest challenges we face around sustainable consumption. So enter the latest concept to take flight in this field – emotionally durable design. A creative pitch that will tug on your heartstrings.

Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:31:40 GMT

by maxine perella - Imagine two circles – that’s cradle-to-cradle. Imagine one circle – that’s the circular economy. Imagine a circle within a circle – that’s resource efficiency. At its simplest level, understanding the difference between these three schools of thought can be sketched out along these flow lines.