The idea of a circular economy—one in which materials are used in a closed loop, running on renewable energy—is gaining traction, and many companies are setting goals to become circular in the next few decades. The coming years will be crucial in solidifying the growing circular economy. Here are seven trends that are likely to help it expand in 2021. More Brands Will Employ Reusable Packaging. A growing number of companies are rethinking product design to avoid disposable packaging. Startups like Blueland and Everdrop now sell cleaning products in the form of tablets that can be dropped in reusable bottles. Bite sells tiny toothpaste tabs so it can avoid the standard plastic tubes.
Starting from January 2021, all Prysmian Group’s new company cars in Italy will be exclusively plug-in hybrid models, full electric or LPG, reducing the C02 emissions of our fleet as part of our goal to become carbon neutral. The programme will be rolled out to all regions where the Group operates. The “green” corporate car policy is one of the actions Prysmian Group is taking to meet its 2022 sustainability goals: to cut its own CO2 emissions by 2-3%; to recycle as much as two thirds of its own waste; and to reuse 27% of its own drums. Starting in 2020 for the next three years, Prysmian will invest around €450 million to further improve the sustainability of its organization and supply chain, and to accelerate the development of advanced cable technologies as well as assets and services.
Fashion giant H&M has named Helena Helmersson, who spent five years as sustainability manager, as its first female chief executive.
Around 95% of couples initially planning to wed this year have postponed their big day to next year, but rather than allowing disappointment to take over, they are utilizing the extra time to plan their event in detail. From rethinking sites for photographs to planning wedding favors, wedding playlists, and reception meals and entertainment, carefully planned aspects promise to make next year’s weddings bigger, more beautiful, and certainly more Instagrammable than in past years.
Sir, – I support Aoife Lord’s encouragement to the next government in relation to banning single-use plastic (Letters, February 13th). Perhaps the first items they should ban are the plastic cable ties used for election posters. – Yours, etc, EAMONN BYRNE, Castleknock, Dublin 15.