Sharing sustainability success: From selling to showing
Kimberly-Clark's head of sustainability for EMEA Tom Berry explores how some of the world's most intractable development issues, such as increasing access to education and improving sanitation, require effective behaviour change programmes to create real progress.
edie backs 'clean cooking' through emissions offset partnership
edie is supporting the rollout of efficient cooking stoves in the developing world thanks to a partnership with ClimateCare.
VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.
H&M closes the loop with recycled denim range
Swedish clothing giant H&M is making strides towards its goal of creating a closed loop for fashion with the launch of a new denim range made from recycled and organic cotton.
One third of people want more children educated about recycling
A survey has shown that 30% of people in the UK believe that more should be done to educate school children about recycling.
First steps: How the circular economy is revolutionising baby products
The bringing-up-baby business is booming, with a broad and ever-changing audience. But is the industry fit for purpose to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future? Brad Allen investigates...
VIDEO: One Direction call on army of fans to 'change the world'
Boyband One Direction have called on fans around the world to push governments to address climate change and poverty.
Bristol opens first community solar farm
The European Green Capital of the year, Bristol, has opened its first-ever community-owned solar farm.
Snack attack: Doritos under fire for palm oil provenance
The consumer group SumOfUs has launched an international ad campaign slamming Doritos and parent company PepsiCo for its 'destruction of the rainforest' and 'unsustainable use of palm oil'.
Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers
Apple has again come under fire for the treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make its products, following a new investigation by BBC Panorama.
Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments
Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.
New York Climate Summit: Multimedia Roundup
More than 120 international figureheads descended upon the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday (23 September) to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris 2015 and galvanise transformative action to curb runaway greenhouse gas emissions.
Pickles reiterates stance on weekly bin collections
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reiterated his stance on weekly bin collections and claimed that the previous Labour Government ignored the electorate by focusing on fortnightly collections.
A brighter future: using solar power to tackle the water crisis in Ethiopia
There are 44.5 million people in Ethiopia that don't have access to safe drinking water. Renewable energy is an ideal solution in remote areas with no mains electricity. We take a look at a WaterAid project that used solar power to save lives.
Lego urged to 'block Shell' amidst Arctic drilling concerns
Lego has become the latest global corporation to be rapped by Greenpeace as the environmental group is today (1 July) launching a global campaign to force the toymaker to honour its environmental commitments and end its partnership with oil giant Shell.
Asda reveals impact of climate change on supply chain
Climate change is having a direct impact on 95% of fresh produce stocked in Asda stores, with food sourcing, processing and transportation all facing an growing threat from environmental issues.
Nestlé ranks people alongside water as a growing 'scarce resource'
One of Nestlé's senior representatives has highlighted the rising threat of unsustainable water use and its potentially devastating effects on global food security over the next 40 years.
Adidas hits back at World Cup 'toxic scandal' report
Adidas has thrown off an investigation and subsequent protest from Greenpeace about the presence of dangerous chemicals in official World Cup merchandise.
EXCLUSIVE: Adidas hits back at Greenpeace's 'manipulative report' on hazardous chemicals
Adidas has hit back at Greenpeace after the environmental group accused the brand, along with several other clothing companies, of using hazardous chemicals in children's clothes and shoes.
Hazardous chemicals being used by major clothes brands, investigation finds
An investigation has revealed that 'hazardous chemicals' are being used in children's clothes and shoes made by major brands including Adidas, Nike and Primark.
M&S signs up to UNICEF's new carbon offset project
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF's new carbon offset project, which aims to improve the health and lives of vulnerable children while cutting carbon emissions.
Temperature to rise by 4°C with current C02 targets
Without further commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the world will see temperatures rise by four degrees and experience extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and sea levels rise, according to a report by the World Bank.
IKEA to become 'water positive' by 2020
IKEA Group has revealed its new sustainability strategy which includes measures to balance its water footprint and contribute to the increased availability of clean water in the communities where it operates.
WLWA influences consumer behaviour to cut food waste
West London Waste Authority takes a more holistic approach to tackling food waste issues. Nick Warburton reports
VIDEO: Harsh reality of water poverty first hand
Twelve volunteers from the water sector in the UK have just returned from a fact-finding mission to Zambia in southern Africa.
VIDEO: Energy Aid launched to boost developing world power access
A new charity has been set up with the aim of getting the estimated 1bn people who live without electricity on the grid.
Time to get happy with nappy composting
OCS/Cannon Hygiene is applying New Zealand's composting know-how to the UK's disposable nappy problem. Katie Coyne reports
Councils don't need to become Scrooges on Christmas lights
Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year for adults and children alike, with the Christmas Lights switch on usually the clearest sign that the festive period is upon us. Energy reducing initiatives however and the worsening economic climate are causing some Councils to consider becoming 'Scrooges' over their Christmas lighting arrangements, according to Harvard Engineering sales and marketing director, Michael McDonnell.
Tetra Pak promises a more sustainable future
Environmental ambitions have been placed at the very heart of the global packaging firm Tetra Pak's business
Karen Brady lights up Energy Event
She might not have a background in the energy field but Apprentice star and 'first lady of football' Karen Brady certainly illuminated the Energy Event 2011.
Lead pollution set to rise as solar power booms
The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry is 'well placed' to run a lead take back scheme after new research predicted rocketing levels of pollution from the substance, according to an industry leader.
Charity brings solar power to 50 African schools
A charity will bring solar powered electricity and other benefits to 50 African schools after getting a donation of £125,000.
Interview: Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy
Erik Jaques meets Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy, social activist and educator
Birds Eye focuses on green future
Birds Eye's Forever Food programme commits it to sustainable sourcing, waste reduction and energy efficiency
GlaxoSmithKline brushes up with toothpaste tube recycling drive
GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with TerraCycle UK to launch a nationwide initiative to upcycle used toothbrushes and packaging for its Aquafresh toothpaste brand.
Birmingham to announce successful carbon cutting results
Birmingham City Council is to announce this week it has made huge progress on its carbon cutting drive.
Man U and Man City tickets up for grabs at British Water charity golf day
To mark its Charity Golf Day, British Water is giving members the chance to win two tickets to watch Manchester United or Manchester City next season.
London launches Olympic clean up drive
London will be swept in a two month clean up aimed at tidying the city ahead of the Olympics and removing potential fire sources.
New beginning for St Germans
Providing flood protection for more than 25,000 homes and 70,000ha of Cambridgeshire farmland, together valued at more than £4-5B, is a major responsibility, and one which falls to the Middle Level Commissioners (MLC). The body was set up 150 year ago to provide water and land management for the Middle Level, an area of the Cambridgeshire Fens reclaimed during the l7th century
UK and Ireland gear up for Global Wind Day
A host of events are planned next week for Global Wind Day - an annual event marked in more than 70 countries across the world.
Toxic chemical illness in children costs US almost $80 billion
New research claims that disease in children due to environmental pollution is costing the United States $76.6 billion annually in health care costs and parents' sick days.
Race to repair Japan's asbestos water pipes
The nuclear disaster in Japan may have dominated global headlines but work to repair the country's running water infrastructure has continued throughout the past few weeks.
'Best before' dates face axe to cut food waste
Proposals being considered by the Government could see 'best before' dates on food scrapped to cut down on the amount thrown away.
Welsh environment minister unveils schools battery scheme
The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a schools battery recycling campaign with the aim of recycling four million batteries by the end of 2011.
Jason Leonard launches energy charity event
World Cup winning rugby union legend Jason Leonard has launched the BG Energy Challenge 2011.
Irish pupils learn about the environment
Schools in Ireland will get new resources for educating children about the environment and climate change.
Three London councils plan to merge services
Three of London's Conservative councils are considering merging major services to save money, following cuts announced in the Government's spending review last week.
Water is a human right - at last
The international water community has welcomed the decision of the UN General Assembly to recognise water as a human right.
Stevenage kids boost council campaign
Children from Stevenage have been designing posters in a competition launched by the council to tell people about the switch to alternative weekly refuse collections and to boost awareness of recycling.
CIWEM 'condemns' lack of leadership to reduce UK population
World Population Day at the weekend saw renewed calls for couples in the UK to have no more than two children.
Minister urges Wales to rethink rubbish
Following the launch of Towards Zero Waste, the new strategy introduced in Wales on 21 June, environment minister, Jane Davidson, has welcomed the publication of new waste and recycling figures and has called on householders to change their attitudes towards what they throw away.
Rapping robot teaches the three Rs
Shropshire Council has linked up with Waste Watch to take a rapping robot on a tour of its schools, to teach children about recycling.
The trouble with task and finish
It's about time task and finish was abolished on collection rounds - it not only puts speed before safety, but results in illegal working practices, argues Timothy Byrne
Welsh minister confirms no tax on waste
Wales has no plans to introduce a pay-as-you-throw system for household waste, contrary to reports, according to environment minister, Jane Davidson.
Waterbeach learning centre is top of the class
The 'learning outside the classroom' quality badge has been awarded to an education centre, in a new recycling facility, in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
Healing the World
In an exclusive interview, Norway's former prime minister and UN special envoy on climate change, Gro Harlem Brundtland, tells Erik Jaques why world leaders at Copenhagen may have disappointed, but COP15 was anything but a failure
The Big Heat
The Copenhagen Accord recognises that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our times. Jane Wardle considers how businesses should best prepare themselves for dealing with extreme weather disruption
Developers can no longer ignore SUDS. Which is why manufacturers have such an important role to play in developing adoptable solutions, says Mike Shaw.
Sustainable Business - review of the year 2009
The tricky thing about Sustainable Business in 2009 was the old problem of convincing young people into the sector and making sure they had opportunities to progress.
SO WASTE FUEL
Organic waste has huge potential to produce sustainable energy for the UK's household and transport needs. But despite its climate credentials - and government support - Britain is in danger of missing out on the full benefit of biogas for a generation. David Strahan reports
Charities can bank on recycling scheme
AbitibiBowater Recycling Europe has launched an 'adopt-a-bank' recycling scheme to help generate additional income for UK charities.
In search of the one-litre drop
Regulators are putting pressure on water companies to save more and more water, which means consumers will be asked to play a big role as well. Jonathan Reed maintains technology will only get us so far - it is a behavioural shift that is needed.
'Involving people is critical'
WET News talks to Anne Dugdale, an experienced chartered town planner who has joined engineering firm Black & Veatch.
What will it be like to live in green land?
The term 'new towns' conjures up grim visions of places like Milton Keynes and Stevenage. But Britain could be about to start building them again. This time, though, writes Mark Lupton, they will aim to battle climate change
Inspiration from above
BSkyB has revealed lofty ambitions in its sustainability agenda. And, writes Jamie Curry, the company is taking a broad view of its responsibilities - from its set-top boxes putting themselves to sleep at night to supporting the arts
I'll just tell you where I am....
Deborah Meaden, star of BBC show Dragons' Den, has made many millions of pounds through shrewd deal making over the years. Here she tells SB editor Tom Idle why of late she has been channelling her money into sustainable businesses
A night to remember
The very best in the business got together at the Water Industry Achievement Awards last month. It was a night of laughter, which recognised the wealth of talent the country has to offer
A drop of the good stuff
Alison Campbell of Living Water Ecosystems argues that rainwater is a precious resource that we should be taking much better care of. Problem is, that when it comes to drinking rain there is no protocol to guide us how it can be done safely.
Oh, what a night...
The Water Industry Achievement Awards took place last month. The night was a spectacular success, and a chance to recognise the outstanding efforts of companies across the UK in the past 12 months.
Solar pump brings running water to a Gambian school
Mono's UK sales manager Mark Viner was part of a team to visit Gambia and install a solar pump in a school. Here he explains
WaterAid brings hope to Mali
On a visit to Mali, leading figures from the water industry found out that there is a lot more to WaterAid's work than digging holes. Fiona Blake from the international charity reveals what they learned
Regulatory cycle is out of step
The five year regulatory cycle is failing the water industry and its customers, writes Chris Hoggart, chair of the EIC's Water Pollution Control Group - which is lobbying the government for change
The boom and bust effect
The five-year regulatory cycle does not work, writes Chris Hoggart of the EIC. Why not simply have staggered investment programmes so that water companies are not all running to the same cycle?
An inconvenient case - judge rules on climate 'indoctrination'
An attempt to block Government plans to send schools copies of Al Gore's climate change film An Inconvenient Truth has failed.
Disney does green
Playhouse Disney and the Woodland Trust have teamed up to teach children about the importance of looking after the environment.
Court 'shoots down EPA' on Clean Air Act ruling
A US Federal Court has denied appeals by the US Environmental Protection Agency and industry to overturn the same court's December, 2006 ruling that struck down the agency's rule attempting to weaken protections against harmful smog-forming pollution.
Pope and Bush 'should talk climate'
News in Brief
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.
One size fits all, or postcode lottery?
To maintain a fine record of improving service for customers and society, the water industry believes it must move on from one-size-fits-all regulation. Is this a realistic prospect given national expectations and a strong centralised system? Barrie Clarke investigates
Pushing the boundaries of design
With buildings accounting for 40% of the UK's carbon emissions, the construction industry has an important role to play. John Haven paid a visit to Wiltshire, home to the latest scheme showcasing its environmental credentials
The carbon cycle
Brighton & Hove Council is encouraging residents to get en route to a healthier planet with a new kind of online journey planner. Simon Jennings reports
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (December 06)
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see changes to international rules on the storage of carbon under the seabed, a new EU directive on radioactive waste shipping come into force, while Scotland sees new regulations on home energy efficiency that will provide grants for insulation and energy efficiency works.
How many planets?
Today there are more than twice the number of people alive than there were 50 years ago, and we've breached environmental limits. It's time for a population policy, writes Nick Reeves
Crisp packets recycled as band seeks CD covers
News in Brief
Green to the core
Small health-product manufacturer Bio-Health is reaping the rewards of its comprehensive sustainability policy in ways it had not expected. June Crisp reports
Giving a **it
David Birkett takes a serious view when it comes to waste management, making it his mission to fight the illegal dumping of waste. And his down-to-earth dedication to the cause is earning him continued success in business.
Delivering global water
One of the Millenium Development goals was to halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. At present, we are woefully short of the target - by about 300 million people. Here we look at some of the issues.
School bus pollutants tackled
A fleet of school buses in Manchester has been fitted with anti-pollution devices in a bid to protect children from potentially deadly airborne particles.
Condominial sanitation could achieve MDG
The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation means bringing an extra 1.9 billion people on-stream by 2015, globally. Duncan Mara, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds in the UK, argues that this can only be achieved by abandoning conventional approaches to sewerage and adopting a condominial approach to provision, across social classes.
Bottled water looks set to defy Darwin's law, writes Barrie Clarke. From its original target - young women - the market has evolved to include children and a 'measure of urban distinction'
Contaminated Land: Lacking guidance for councils and questionable intervention levels are raising tensions
Incomplete guidance for councils and questionably low intervention levels are causing mounting tensions over contaminated land. Rob Bell reports
The Environment Business Interview - Sustained Success
Phil Harding believes we are fast approaching breaking point with the environment. Tom Idle talks to the man who has helped one company cut its energy use by £16 million a year
A moving story about VSAs
Ever since they were invented, control valves have been on the move - and they are still moving today.
Human cost of shipbreaking
A study looking at the environmental and human cost of the notorious shipbreaking industry in the developing world makes for sobering reading.
Parents can sue for toxic dump defects
The parents of 30 children born with birth defects have been given permission to sue the Midlands council they believe is responsible for allowing the toxic contamination of the area.
Pester power pushes parents to recycle
A London-wide study of school children's views has shown they profess to be keen recycler who put their parents to shame.
Compromise order of the day for legal chemistry experiment
It came as little surprise that the cross-party compromise on chemical registration has been passed by MEPs, but party leaders were left stunned by the success of a Liberal/Green proposal which had shown every sign of being binned.
Alternative energy has to move from being an interesting technical sideshow into the mainstream of the heating industry. John Haven reports
The unexpected menace
Martin Petersen recently visited the tsunami-hit region of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to establish short-, mid- and long-term waste-management solutions
Waste of space
Bill Butterworth, a former lecturer in Work Study, keeps up the pressure on our regulators as he comes up with a practical answer to the eternal question 'When is a waste not a waste?'