Urban sustainability may be a hot topic, but is there a direct material benefit for cities that make an extra effort? Researchers at the University of Amsterdam Business School say there is. The international business scholars note that air quality improvement measures and good waste water treatment practices appear to make cities more attractive destinations when it comes to foreign direct investment.
In the middle of the Sahara desert on the western border of Algeria, refugee camps hosting tens of thousands of people rely completely on humanitarian aid: Water, food, and other basic supplies come in on trucks. Trash, on the other hand, doesn’t really leave; until recently, all the waste from the camps was dumped nearby in the desert into an ever-growing pile of plastic. But at a new recycling center at one of the camps, refugees are now turning that plastic trash into furniture and other products that they can use. Precious Plastic, an organization with a DIY recycling system developed by a Dutch designer who wanted to make recycling more accessible, helped set up the center after the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, put out a call for solutions to help with the waste challenge at the camps.
Influencer marketing platform Traackr’s data shows sustainability, secondhand, size inclusion and sneakers were big topics on social.
This post was originally published on this site Moscow, September 20. On 16–17 September 2019 representatives of the Russian regions visited Finland to learn about advanced technologies in such areas as waste processing, recycling, and renewable energy.