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I have to agree and disagree with the comment related to windows below. If you have a Listed property or one in a conservation area, it is more than likely that the original glazing cannot be changed/replaced. Due to their age and character, they probably let a lot of heat escape and are draughty too. If you are complying with Part L of the Building Regulations related to the Conservation of Fuel and Power, then it requires the installation of secondary glazing with low-E glass in Listed Buildings. It is also highly recommended by Historic England and other heritage agencies. By installing this retrofit solution, good U-values can be reached (depending on the system and glass used) and up to 60% energy savings can be made. However, as a caveat to this and in agreement with the comment below you will only notice the thermal benefits of the products, if the rest of the building is fairly well insulated. Immediate comfort will be noticed and draughts through the windows reduced by 100% if it is installed. However this will vary from building to building, depending on what state of repair/disrepair it is in. Therefore, windows/secondary double glazing should not be discounted as part of the improvement works, as they can have a significant impact on the overall thermal properties and performance of a building. For further information, please visit https://www.selectaglaze.co.uk/heritage-listed-buildings
Is 2017 the Year of the Flying Car? Sorry, no. Not 2017, not 2018, not 2019...never. Irrespective of the power source (and electricity is only green if it is made from renewables that are surplus to requirements, ie. not requiring additional fossil onto the grid to replace them), any heavier than air machine uses a lot more energy to fly than to roll along the ground. That''s not to start thinking about other environmental aspects such as noise.
But with WRAP taking 8 years just to decide the colour of recycling bins, I wonder what pressure this group is under. If industry said we would have a solution in 8 years Hugh Fernley Whittington would go mental.
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Sustainability programs are fine. Empower employees to think and act like owners, driving and participating in the profitable growth of the company, is a proven way to drive results and engagement. Industry leaders like Southwest Airlines, Capital One and BHP Billiton and hundreds of private companies treat their employees like trusted business partners, enabling them to make more money for their company and themselves. They consistently see both profits and engagement soar. This Forbes article provides more background: http://www.forbes.com/sites/fotschcase/2016/05/31/engage-your-employees-in-making-money/
Great to see changes in people s behaviour making a difference. One way to reduce paper cups at work is to use the same cup all day, based on average 5 cups per day, this would give 80% saving on paper cup use.
The Eco Connect Bottle is the only single serve water bottle that was designed to be repurposed and give durable empty water bottles a new life as something else...a table, a desk, storage cubes, toys and even building insulation. Water brands can incorporate the Eco Connect Bottle's patented connecting features, without changing their recognizable package design, to support The Circular Economy and Extended Producer Responsibility. This eco-innovation can benefit every household, reduce plastic waste and be even more valuable in countries that do little or no recycling or experience a natural disaster. The Eco Connect Bottle System has been featured in Packaging World, Packaging Strategies and Inc.com.
I love the idea of edible packaging, great initiative
It feels as if the elephant in the room is a coordinated recycling scheme across the country, we need to be able to put clear instructions on the packaging as how best to recycle it I.e please wash out and put in purple bin. But with wrap.org.uk saying that they are in consultations as to what colour bins should be used for implementation in 2025 it is obvious that nothing is going to happen any time soon. If the paper cup industry said they were making plans for 2025 there would be a huge uproar from activists like Hugh Fernley Whittington. Paper cups represent less than 1% of paper items produced, and paper represents less than 1% of landfill, we need mp s to wake up and smell the waste.
At my place of work, 0% of waste goes to landfill but at home, the local authority will not take most plastic food containers in the recycle bin. The inclusion of clear plastics, any bags etc. results in the bin not being emptied, which is incredibly frustrating. If you want to up the recycle rates, talk to the councils!
Did you know that only 0.3% of international aid, in 2015, went to solid waste management? This number may have improved slightly since that time due the high profile plastic waste has become however we are not seeing the wholesale interest one would expect. There are pockets of support for very specific projects yet the real problem lies with infrastructure for collection and any additional separation that may be required. Keep Asia Beautiful decided to tackle the problem of infrastructure, it''s our signature project, yet we too struggle to raise funds to see it come to fruition. Why? It''s just not sexy enough!
The battery capacity of EVs is limited enough already; who, in their right mind, would risk having a depleted battery when they wish to use their car? One of the functions of the private vehicle is that it should be ready for use at any time. Who dreams up these highly imaginative scenarios?? Richard Phillips
We have the technology to Collect, Separate, Clean, Recycle, back to virgin-like resins however we don''t have a Closed Loop demonstration in every product currently made. There are barriers in economics, limitations in colour, and unhelpful packaging designs that limit efficiency. How do we overcome these key issues?
On the other hand 55% are willing to look at EVs which I find surprisingly high. However once people are more familiar with EVs and EVs deliver to their potential as they are almost doing today, there will be no problem. God bless Dale Vince. He has done more than anybody
We are a micro company that for the past 10 years have been developing and marketing a range of Biocompostable and water soluble materials , and it is only in the last few months that we have had active leads and request for our product information. In the past companies would not respond to phone calls or any form of contact but now they are knocking at our door. But they are still trying to get every thing for the same price of EPS. @biovironint , BioViron.com
I would like to make the following comment to add to the webinar discussion on Thursday As a result of 10 years R & D Revaluetech now has a fully proven, commercially viable technology enabling manufacture of structurally engineered composite products using mixed plastic waste presently landfilled and/or dumped in our oceans. A wide range of inert products to be used in place of tropical hardwood, treated softwood and in certain cases concrete. This technology is simply waiting for investment to build the first of a series of plants in the UK and globally. An independent report estimates ongoing, sustainable markets up to 600/annum and globally up to 10 billion/annum. The UK Environment Agency is already using these to build groynes for coastal protection, sea walls and inland flood alleviation projects. The products are ecologically safe, are cost competitive and offer far longer service life than the traditional products they replace. They are recyclable, thereby offering whole life performance second to none. Rod Fox, M.D., Revaluetech Ltd., PO Box 16170 Birmingham B13 3LN U.K. Tel: +44 (0)121 603 6492 Mobile: +44 (0)7814 263364 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.revaluetech.co.uk
Why we are creating products and focused on only cutlery or kitchen oriented products.
Why does Edie keep posting articles support EFW or incineration. This report would seem to be at odds with others that suggest there is an overcapacity in this area to the detriment of other treatment methods of waste.
Energy from waste may in some cases clash with recycling of materials which is the real goal. Converting fossil fuel to waste and THEN burning it is no different to burning the fossil fuel used to manufacture the "waste" product?
There was a bio degradable plastic available in the early 90s that could be recycled but also broke down in landfill. its was too early for the market as oil ruled. Only one customer, a Japanese airline was interested in this product for food trays and cutlery. The patent was sold to Monsanto and as far as I am aware it has never been acted on or put back into production. This aside, we should all change our attitudes towards recycling and in this re-using where possible. In the UK we are particularly poor at recycling and most local authorities do not help this as they often do not have the correct expertise in this area. Landfill is too cheap and the government are not motivated to make changes because of the taxation they receive.
Thank you for the explanation Mark, which was helpful. I think I was focused on the fact that the plastic was made into tubing so it felt more like recycling into a different product but not necessarily a high value one. I''m still developing my understanding of upcycling. It was rather limited to things like taking a bog standard piece of furniture and transforming it into a more desirable piece through paint effects, luxury handles etc but still being able to discern what the original items was. I guess upcycling can be broader than that!
we yestrashcan are a social startup in Lisbon trying to set up trash management solution and provide sustainable income to community poor needy and homeless. thru our trash2cash and waste2energyprograme. looking for 250 k seed investment to launch a pilot project looking for the help I can get https://www.facebook.com/yestrashcan/
Clare, up cycling is taking a low value product, and making it into something more valuable, a paper cup may have a value of 2p, but as a Selfridges carrier bag, may have a value of 12p. Think one think we have to avoid is trying to make it into the same thing again, as paper cups have to be made from food grade material, and recycled paper cups are no good for that purpose, but are great for many other things.