UK Waste

Thought Leadership

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

I can think of 29 billion reasons why the UK needs to adopt the circular economy, and urge businesses to realise this is our Galileo moment. The world is round and the circular economy is no longer just a theory, it's happening here and now, and it should be top of the agenda in every boardroom in the country.

Think for Yourself: Why Being a Jobsworth Is Bad for the Planet

Jemma Moran | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Jemma Moran

Image: pixabay.com "I'm not allowed to do that" is a phrase that I seem to be hearing all too often these days. You might hear it in a range of frust...

This Man Wants To Power All Of London's Buses Using Coffee Grounds

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.04.2016 | UK

“I’m the most boring person to sit next to at dinner parties,” Arthur Kay jokes about his obsession with waste. Specifically, he’s interested ...

The Elephant in the Wardrobe

Trewin Restorick | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Style
Trewin Restorick

The fashion industry flourishes on creativity, innovation, beauty and glamour. It is also an industry addicted to speed. New ranges hit the high street at ever increasing rates meeting a huge consumer demand for the latest trends.

If This Is Democracy, It Stinks

Jonathan Guy | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Guy

Recently, I had cause to register an objection about a planning application for a proposed development on the other side of the town in which I live. ...

Can a Derbyshire Town Lead a UK Food Waste Revolution

Trewin Restorick | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

The Swadlincote adventure is launched on Wednesday 27th January and the year ahead promises to be intriguing. If all goes well it could be the Derbyshire town does revolutionise the way the UK address food waste.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

Motocross Track Gets Farm Subsidy: What We Learned From the EU's Auditors

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

From claiming agricultural subsidies for a motocross track as 'arable land' to the curious case of the non-functioning sewerage system in Greece, this year's Court of Auditors' report shows that the European Union remains rotten to the core.

So Selfridges Has Just Banned The Sale Of Plastic Water Bottles

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK

Selfridges has announced it will stop selling single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution in the oceans. As part of ...

Building a Sustainable Future for Glastonbury

Georgia Elander | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Sixty Young Greens have been invited to camp on Pennard Hill. Our task: create a series of camping villages, live sustainably within them, and encourage members of the public to join us and do the same.

Gift Unwanted Children's Clothes to Help End Clothing Waste

Trewin Restorick | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Trewin Restorick

'From a Mother to Another' is a new campaign that helps parents play a small part in creating a better future for their children. It makes it easy for parents to donate high quality unwanted baby and children's clothing to families in the UK who are most in need.

Scrapping EU Air Pollution and Waste Recycling Laws Would Be Folly

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

Later today we will find out for sure if the European Commission is planning on scrapping two vital European laws. When the commission presents it's full 2015 work programme this afternoon it looks very likely that the 'clean air' and 'circular economy (waste)' packages will both be withdrawn.

Why Wasting Food Should Be as Unacceptable as Throwing Litter

Alicia Lawson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alicia Lawson

The difficulty with food waste is that its real environmental damage is created through its production, not its disposal. It's hard to connect wasting food with the damage it causes, because by the time it's on your plate, the damage has already been done.

Lose Inches From Your Waist for #ZeroWasteWeek

Louise Graham | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Graham

So make your contribution to zero waste week a double whammy. Eat real, fresh foods and cut out highly packaged junk foods, takeaways and soft drinks. It's a win/win situation, you lose inches from your waist and you cut down on waste.

This Is When You Need To Throw Out Your Lunch Meat Or It Will Become Sentient

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We Brits are trigger happy when it comes to throwing out food - according to a 2013 report we throw about £700 worth of food a year. It's unlikely th...

The Suicidal Society

Nick Clements | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We are a happy and simple people, that's all we wish for. I've never been to your lands, but I can feel what you are doing. It feels like a very grim, unhappy place where you live. You must only ever talk about death.' The Eastern European shaman was talking about the Western European culture.

Why Am I Passionate About Food Waste?

Jenny Dawson | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Jenny Dawson

We are all very aware of the problems that climate change and deforestation have on the sustainability of our planet. Food waste however is an enormous growing issue affecting our resources that seems to go under looked or thought of as less significant.

Re-Programming the Mind for Greener Living

Green Futures | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Green Futures

How can we intervene in this process to create moments of change? We might consider two ways of promoting habit formation within such 'moments'. First, we are all attuned to the environment around us and there is clear evidence that getting the 'choice architecture' right is critical.

How Much Is The NHS Wasting On EMPTY Buildings?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The National Health Service has been criticised after it admitted wasting £3.8 million on property taxes for the 122 empty buildings it owns, which i...

We Must Get Real About Sustainability Now to Ensure the Lifestyle We Want in 2050

Estelle Brachlianoff | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Estelle Brachlianoff

Whilst still a little way off, these technologies are already becoming a reality: challenging the prevailing perception that an environmentally friendly lifestyle can't go hand in hand with comfort and convenience.

Meet Kanchi Tamang, Nepalese Waste Picker

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

Kanchi Tamang is a waste-picker in Nepal. A mother and a grandmother, she works long hours in unsafe and unclean conditions for a pittance. After contracting Hepatitis C, then developing painful gallstones, she faces the prospect of medical treatment that will require her to be absent from work and hospital bills that, together with the loss of work income, might mean that she loses her home and cannot support her family. Yet if she does not receive treatment, she might lose her life, not just her livelihood.

'We Are Sitting On A Time Bomb'

the Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK

The plastic peril inflicting our oceans is now so severe humans are ingesting particles of litter, a leading marine expert has warned. The vast qua...

Nuclear Could Play Significant Role in Europe's Future Energy Mix

Julian Hunt | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Julian Hunt

More than two years after the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster, the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl, the repercussions continue in Europe. Inevitably, the episode has prompted renewed debate in Brussels and EU countries about nuclear power.

Why It Shouldn't Cost 5p to Realise We Need to Reduce Our Plastic Bag Waste

Maria Sowter | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Reducing plastic bag usage was just one of the things people around the world pledged as their Ocean Promise last World Oceans Day, and is part of addressing a larger need to prevent excessive environmental waste. It is one of the easier and simpler actions each of us can take to help reduce our individual impact.

Why Plastic Waste Is Such a Problem and the Future of Bioplastics

Simon Howarth | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Howarth

Waste plastic has become a massive concern, not only in the UK, but globally. Worldwide production and consumption of plastics has increased by 10% year on year from 5 million tonnes in 1950 to 245 million tonnes in 2006, and since then this figure has been increasing.