Year: 2019

TheCircularEconomyTeam July 7, 2019

Abstract Understanding how a circular economy (CE) can reduce environmental pressures from economic activities is crucial for policy and practice. Science provides a range of indicators to monitor and assess CE activities. However, common CE activities, such as recycling and eco‐design, are contested in terms of their contribution to environmental sustainability. This article assesses whether and to what extent current approaches to assess CE activities sufficiently capture environmental pressures to monitor progress toward environmental sustainability. Based on a material flow perspective, we show that most indicators do not capture environmental pressures related to the CE activities they address. Many focus on a single CE activity or process, which does not necessarily contribute to increased environmental sustainability overall. Based on these results, we suggest complementing CE management indicators with indicators capturing basic environmental pressures related to the respective CE activity. Given the conceptual linkage between CE activities, resource extraction, and waste flows, we suggest that a resource‐based footprint approach accounting for major environmental inputs and outputs is necessary—while not sufficient—to assess the environmental sustainability of CE activities. As footprint approaches can be used across scales, they could aid the challenging process of developing indicators for monitoring progress toward an environmentally…

TheCircularEconomyTeam July 1, 2019

The computer science, robotics and engineering classroom is one of three classrooms made from recycled shipping containers in the new Beck Family Research Center on the Maclay School campus Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Tori Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat Maclay School’s push to enhance student research opportunities in a sustainable, eco-friendly way made its debut Wednesday with the unveiling of the new Beck Family Research Center.

TheCircularEconomyTeam July 1, 2019

The Bahamas: hardly anyone who hasn’t heard about this legendary tourist destination and mecca for cruise worshipers. Vikneswaran (Vik) Nair, Dean of Graduate Studies & Research and Professor (Sustainable Tourism) at the University of The Bahamas, in this interview gives us a behind the scenes tour around the archipelago: the sustainability challenges, inspiring projects and trends impacting the popular tourist destination.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

If you haven’t heard of Allbirds yet, you will soon. Kiwi, Tim Brown, together with engineer Joey Swillinger created Allbirds, a footwear company creating a range to suit your everyday needs, from loungers to runners. What is special about the brand is the materials they use and the sustainable nature of their process.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

Today we are launching a new policy document that we hope will promote the concept of sustainability within our community. Our Sustainability Pledge is about ensuring that we do the right thing, but we hope in doing this it prompts attendees at our events to go back to their schools and consider…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

Mmaking public transport efficient and accessible should be one of the challenges of building a new Malaysia, says Mustafa K Anuar.The government’s move to introduce passes allowing for unlimited use of public transport starting 1 January 2019 year in the Klang Valley is a step in the right direction…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

The apparel retail landscape has changed rapidly in recent years. While there are still some laggards in the industry, most brands want to do the right thing when it comes to sustainability, with smart brands now recognising that operating in a sustainable manner goes hand in hand with business…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

This past weekend, more than 100 leading national authorities on climate change and sustainability attended the Yale Environmental Dialogues — a workshop series at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. During the series, discussions focused on ideas related to strengthening the environment and building a more sustainable future.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

Sustainability in the world of fashion is soaring when it comes to consumer desire, according to global fashion search platform Lyst. Searches for “vegan leather” increased by 119% since October; the term “vegan fashion” was responsible for over 9.3 million social impressions, according to new…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

Talk about Innovation and we think of new, bright, shiny.We immediately want or ‘need’ the latest version of our phone, laptop or other device; we immediately assume we need to replace the ‘old’ version – which may only be 12-18 months old – to take advantage of the new, even if in reality the ……

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 27, 2019

When guests enter the lobby of the Hotel X in Toronto, the green message is loud and clear. Behind the front desk is a show-stopping 25-by-25-foot living wall with 1,500 individual plants. Matt Black, director of Brand Management calls it a “striking mission statement.” But the message doesn’t…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

Joao Ministro in this interview shares his experience of working in rural development and responsible tourism in the Algarve region of Portugal: learn about the destination’s challenges and economic development opportunities. Joao, sustainability is now a key topic for most destinations, but it wasn’t always like this. Do you remember the first time you heard or thought about “sustainable tourism”? It’s been a long time since I first heard the expression “sustainable tourism”.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals. Daily Coffee News covers coffee news from seed to cup, including stories on coffee origin, imports, exports, logistics, supply chains, sustainability, retail, baristas, roasting and…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

What makes a thriving city? That’s the question that Circle Economy, Kate Raworth and the City of Amsterdam address in the creation of the Amsterdam City Doughnut, with the insights captured in the report Building blocks for the new strategy Amsterdam Circular 2020-2025.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

Welcome to a monthly column within our broader sustainability section which is going to focus on what fashion is doing to address the issues in its industry. Boutique by Shelter – brought to you by Retail Insider with Clipper and Give Back Box We all think we know the deal with charity shops.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

All actors are needed to reach the goal but especially women are a key starting point By Maricela de la Torre-Castro, Stockholm University maricela (at) natgeo.su.se In my recent article, I used the concept of inclusive management to represent “any management strategy that consciously and explicitly…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 26, 2019

Hydro Flask, an award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks and soft good innovations and a Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ, NM: HELE) company, has pledged a contribution of its reusable stainless steel products during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in support of the Plastic Impact Alliance – a grassroots commitment to removing single-use plastics from Outdoor Retailer.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Acumen launches Cocoa Interrupted, in partnership with Hershey, to advance social enterprise’s role in cocoa sustainability Chocolate is a simple product that means so much to so many people around the world, but how that chocolate is made is incredibly complicated.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

At McCormick, we are committed to the long-term vitality of people, communities, and the planet while delivering top-tier financial results. In other words, we’re focused on Purpose-led Performance. This guiding principle marries our commitment to high performance with its responsible and conscious stewardship of the environment. It is an underlying principle of everything we do at McCormick.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

A landmark conference bringing more than 1,200 people from across the world together to promote and explain the importance of bamboo and rattan to global sustainable development and tackling climate change has ended with a raft of agreements and project launches. The three-day Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress in Beijing this week, organised by multilateral development group the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) and China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), was the first international, policy-focused conference on the use of bamboo and rattan to help sustainable development.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Roche ranked the most sustainable healthcare company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the tenth year running Sustainability is an integral part of Roche’s business strategy The company performed particularly well in Marketing Practices, Environmental and Social Reporting and Health Outcome Contribution For the tenth consecutive year, Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) has been recognised as the most sustainable company in the Pharmaceuticals index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Many people think that creating sustainable homes is just the latest in a long line of home improvement trends. It isn’t. Almost a third of home builders are making 60 percent of their projects green and more than half think they will be increasing the amount of sustainable builds they do in the…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

by Alex Massie   Growing concern about the state of our world has already prompted many businesses to consider how sustainable they are. As a result, there are now whole sustainability departments in many firms, responsible for delivering the company’s sustainability agenda.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Have you ever really considered the impacts of the shipping of products you purchase? Dirty fuels, ocean and air pollution – regardless, our global society demands the movement of goods. Enter the Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA) an organization committed to disrupting the shipping industry by…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Read this article ‘For operational Sustainability’ by Dany Beaudoin on the ‘Research Report 2018/19 – The Global State of Operational Excellence: Critical Challenges & Future Trends’. Download the full report now!

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Nike officially introduces the Nike Sustainability Collection. This summer’s footwear demonstrates beautiful, new ways to approach color, construction and material innovation. Inspired by alternative ways to make color, the Nike Plant Color Collection, featuring the Air Max 95 and the Blazer Low,…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 16, 2019

Global packaged spirits company concentrates on recycling, waste reduction and other sustainable improvements for glass bottles and more. Formed in 1975 when two French companies merged—Pernod was founded in 1805 and Ricard in 1932—Pernod Ricard has built over the past decades an exceptional group…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 15, 2019

Simon George heads to Copenhagen, and finds that the city’s new Tourism for Good strategy is a winning one.   Sustainability is a balancing act – we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the future, as the United Nations opined in the World Commission’s Report on Environment and…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 15, 2019

Pratt Industries a leading provider of high-quality paper-based and other packaging solutions, has a history of and commitment to sustainable business practices.We back up that claim every day with unprecedented investment in innovative technology at our mills and converting facilities, an emphasis…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 15, 2019

Environmental conservation is a topic that has gained traction worldwide in recent years. College campuses around the country have taken steps to become more “green,” and CWU is no different. The Sustainability Café strives to make the campus and Ellensburg community more environmentally friendly…

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 15, 2019

Scotland’s Orkney Islands generate more electricity than they need via a host of wind turbines. Orkney used to be a study in how to use energy unsustainably. The archipelago off the northern tip of Scotland bought and imported all its power from coal and gas plants on the Scottish mainland.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 15, 2019

Cru World Wine has announced it is to implement a new sustainability plan to help lower and off-set its carbon emissions. The plan is part of a new wave of initiatives the merchant plans to implement to help tackle its environmental impact. These will include an annual Environmental Impact Assessment and on-going efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 12, 2019

Tourism development and management continue to be at the forefront of global conversations around ways the travel and tourism industry can contribute towards sustainability; specifically with a lens of adaptability, innovation, and impact. However, discourse around how, when, and to what degree the industry is making positive, measurable progress towards these impacts is still heavily debated. In partnership with The Place Brand Observer, we asked our global panel of tourism sustainability experts this: Which innovations, developments or trends will be most likely to influence the work of tourism sustainability professionals this year, especially linked to destination development and management? 

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 12, 2019

Sometimes the devil really is in the detail. Take the terms “sustainability” and “sustainable tourism”, for example. They just don’t sell well among tourism stakeholders, especially the private sector. Change it to “green tourism”, for instance, and you get a conversation going. It so happened in Slovenia, as we learn in this interview with Professor Tanja Mihalič of the Institute for Tourism at the University of Ljubljana. 

TheCircularEconomyTeam June 12, 2019

Created by a group of third grade students (8 and 9 year olds) from Paris, this video explains what sustainable development means to them and works to inform other children about the issues.Focused on waste, food and transportation, the video focuses on a superhero (Ecoman) and a villain (…