The lies that help us sleep at night: the (dirty) recycling myths

 

From highly problematic coloured plastics to contaminated recycling, the industry is full of hidden secrets and misconceptions that need addressing urgently for recycling to be sustainable. Yet, with widespread confusion around good recycling practices, this raises the question of whether it is even possible to make recycling worth the ‘green’ reputation it has earned despite these dirty secrets.

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How To Make A Business More Sustainable And Access The Tax Relief Available


With sustainability now a global issue, we all need to tackle this together and that includes businesses of all sizes as well as individuals. There are numerous ways of making a business become more sustainable and eco-friendly and if its environmental approach is sufficiently improved then tax relief is available too as an additional benefit.

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We need to talk about Rubber

Rubber is an essential substance to humankind.  It has tens of thousands of applications from car and aircraft tyres to medical equipment.  At this time synthetic rubber simply does not offer the same load –bearing qualities or resistance performance.   As such, rubber is one material we can’t live without. 

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Gaza is Recycling Bomb Wreckages. What Does That Mean For Europe?

Whilst Gaza recycles bomb wreckages, we have a recycling rate of just 39% in the UK.

Humans are both the most creative and most destructive force on this planet, living often in disharmony with one another, and ourselves. We stretch our time, our energy, and our resources, putting ourselves under great scrutiny and pressure. But, as a wise person once said, ‘pressure makes diamonds.’

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Will Nespresso Ever Provide Coffee without Guilt?

There are a lot of positive things to be said about Nespresso and their endeavours to make a better world.  As part of the Nestle they have a range of sustainability initiatives which are very colourfully displayed on their website.  They pay their Sudanese coffee farmers around forty percent more than the current rate conventional coffee growers receive.  This has led to Sudan having a viable commodity to export which is very important for an African state. 

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How to make your business more sustainable

Making your business greener not only helps the environment but it can also increase sales. With consumers becoming increasingly aware of the impact that human activities have on the environment, introducing an eco-friendly approach to your business operations may give you a competitive edge that will translate into higher sales and profit margins as well as a better world.

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Why recycling is the 51st Shade of Grey

Now that it’s finally warming up outside, you can feel your mood lifting with the temperature. You go out into the garden to prepare for today’s barbeque and feeling unusually hot you decide to get yourself a cool, refreshing can of Coca-Cola. The condensation droplets trickle down the can, the sun is shining, life is beautiful! You finish your drink, throw it in the recycling bin, and BANG! Your curious mind has a new question just itching to be answered!

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From Meatballs to Energy Ikea’s Sustainable Actions Inspire!

Although multinationals have to show how they are reducing emissions and enacting sustainable measures in their business practice, it is fair to say some are going further than others.   On the one hand you have companies that are paying lip service to those that are actively trying to achieve zero waste.  Ikea is not just fighting climate change with its sustainable practices; it is leading the charge in true Viking style.

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Don’t waste your money, make money out of your waste!

What a year it’s been...Not only has it affected our mental and physical wellbeing, but it has also traumatized our financial health too. Having had all that free time to ourselves, we’ve realized what’s important in life and have strengthened our values. With this comes the understanding that money is not everything, but it certainly makes life easier when we have it. 

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Is London Doing Enough to Support the Circular Economy?

I was at a conference in London recently when another event attendee turned to me and asked, ‘Do you think London is doing enough to support the circular economy?’. It was such a loaded question, with so many variables, and it felt unfair to say either yes, or no, without really sitting down and doing my research. I responded ‘I’ll have to get back to you on that one’, and so I set about writing this piece.

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Walmart Finally Gets with the Beat

Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and the world’s largest private employer with 2.2 million employees worldwide.  It has a vast supply chain that spans the globe, and it relies heavily on materials which if poorly managed damage the world.  As such, taking a sustainable approach to business is not an easy thing for the retailer to do.

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How To Be A Zero Waste To Landfill Business

Before we get involved in the ‘how’, we thought it would be a good idea to start this guide with the ‘who’, showing you some of the UK’s best examples of zero waste to landfill companies. These businesses have made a strategy, a culture, and a series of decisions that have led them to this point; to say it’s impossible for your company to do the same is to accept defeat without even trying.

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Texas Landfill Develops Waste Mining Operation Powering 1600 Homes with Electricity

 

Landfills pose a major problem for climate change around the world.  They release methane, a greenhouse gas.  In most developed world countries, 50% of landfill gas is methane, and this contributes significantly to climate change.  Although recycling schemes have been introduced, the issue of methane gas is still a problem to be solved.

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