Thai researchers have developed a portable device – whimsically shaped like a chilli pepper – that can assess how ‘hot’ a pepper will be by detecting how much capsaicin it contains. Chilli peppers are a popular food ingredient around the world. But all types of chillis contain different levels of capsaicin. This is a compound that gives chilli peppers their kick and may give a palate-singeing burn to people not used to spicy foods.
Companies of all sizes must go beyond regulatory mandates to meet heightened sustainability expectations from investors and customers alike. Often, processes must be reinvented from the ground up and these innovations are taking place within the evolving role of the Chief Sustainability Officer.
Climate crisis awareness need not be all doom and gloom, as artist duo [SweetArt](https://www.sweetart.online/) proves. The husband and wife team Vic…
Currently our economy operates in a linear way. Take, Make, Dispose. It’s based on the industrial revolution, and we know this way of doing things has limits. Some of those limits we are reaching even today. But there’s a different economy we could create. The Circular Economy. This week we explore the ‘Circular Economy’ with #1 Circular Economy advocate, Dame Ellen MacArthur. This brand new economy is all about designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. It incentivizes manufacturers to create and maintain better products, stops the Global North from polluting the Global South, and has the potential to regenerate wildlife and ecosystems that are on the brink of collapsing.
From paper to plastic to crypto, we take a brief look at the sustainability of currency and its impact on our planet.
In the past year, DS Smith has worked closely with the Foundation as a pilot partner of its circular economy tool, Circulytics. The tool works to measure circularity in a simple and effective way, allowing for companies to hold a mirror up to their business practices and better their internal processes.