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The founder of behaviour change charity Hubbub discusses his mission to achieve a resource revolution, while US manufacturer SC Johnson takes us on a virtual reality tour of the Amazon rainforest as part of its latest CSR drive.

We hear from those that are already making sustainability happen about the best initiatives in UK business.

Insight and inspiration - a roundup of the latest edie interviews with the experts

EXCLUSIVE: From behaviour change to smart buildings, energy security to driving efficiency at scale, we round up the latest exclusive insight and interviews with sustainability business leaders.

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the impacts of coffee cups and plastics bottles

Wake up and smell the coffee: our shared responsibility to manage food and drink packaging waste

As edie's Resource Management month draws to a close, circular economy experts Libby Sandbrook (BITC) and Debbie Hitchen (Anthesis) explore the challenges and opportunities behind two of the most talked-about packaging waste issues of our generation: coffee cups and plastic bottles.

Closed-loop crusaders: edie has identified six new battlegrounds that should brace themselves for the next War on Waste

Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?

With edie's month of editorial content tailored to resource efficiency now in full swing, we highlight six areas where the influential 'War on Waste' circular economy campaign series should head next.

Stairway to success: Further education and support to articulate the benefits of the circular economy is required to encourage widespread adoption

Thinking circular: applying an effective closed-loop model

Ahead of her appearance at edie Live 2017 in May, circular economy expert Catherine Joce explores what it takes to deliver a successful closed-loop product or service, drawing on real-life examples of businesses that are driving the resource revolution.

A municipal waste dump in Afogados da Ingazeira, Pernambuco, north-east Brazil. Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund

Circular economy provides golden opportunity to save lives in Rio and beyond, report claims

As the curtains draw on the 2016 Olympics, a new report has claimed that toxic waste polluting the environment in the Olympics Host City of Rio de Janeiro and other cities across the world could actually be used to alleviate poverty and save lives through a circular-economy approach to waste management.

WRAP plans to divert 90,000 tonnes of clothing away from landfill each year in Europe by 2019

WRAP reports Resource Revolution progress in latest Annual Review

The launch of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the development of a series of robust resource efficiency campaigns and the brokering of voluntary agreements across various sectors represent some of the key highlights in WRAP's Annual Review.

The Frugalpac cup can be recycled in normal paper mills and independent inspections Intertek has found that the cup’s carbon footprint is around half that of traditional coffee cups

Starbucks tests (genuinely) recyclable coffee cup

Starbucks is "very interested" in the potential outcome of a new collaborative partnership with sustainable packaging company FrugalPac, which will see the coffee shop chain trial a recyclable coffee cup made from 100% paper.

Sue Armstrong-Brown told delegates at edie's Resource Revolution Conference that the Government’s approval of the Fifth Carbon Budget has created a sign of hope that green policies won’t be ignored post-Brexit

Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance

EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not.

Last week, Marcus Gover replaced Goodwin as WRAP’s chief executive, having previously held the position of operations director at the organisation

Liz Goodwin to join WRI as senior fellow in the fight against food waste

Former chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Liz Goodwin has revealed that she will join the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a senior fellow and director in September this year.

Mars has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status at all of its factories around the world, while Ford is now zero-waste-to-landfill at all of its manufacturing plants in Europe

Mars and Ford hit big zero-waste-to-landfill milestones

Multinational corporations Mars and Ford have announced zero-waste-to-landfill achievements across their respective factories in their latest sustainability reports.

Liam the robot - Apple's answer to e-waste. The KTN report suggests that automation and robotics will enable increased productivity in areas such as waste separation and processing

What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future?

The development of offsite construction solutions, the Internet of Things, and robotics and automation will prove crucial in utilising the untapped potential of waste-to-resource innovations and addressing the challenges involved in recovering valuable materials, according to a new report from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

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Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?

With big coffee chains including Starbuck and Costa facing increased public scrutiny over the recyclability of paper coffee cups, could a unique recycled resin provide an answer to the war on waste?

Marcus Gover will officially take up his new role as chief executive of WRAP on 30 June

Marcus Gover to replace Liz Goodwin as WRAP chief executive

Marcus Gover will replace Liz Goodwin as the new chief executive of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the charity has announced today (13 June).

The report suggests that the prioritisation of waste or secondary materials seems to be largely driven by European Union (EU) legislation

Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals

The majority of European countries have identified plastic and packaging, construction and demolition waste and food waste as key priority materials that need to be focused on in the transition to a circular economy, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The LARAC chair said the organisation looked forward to working with both the REA and the Government to find solutions to the UK’s recycling and sustainability needs

REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities

Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).

The 48-page M&S Plan A report reveals a further 22 commitments were achieved in 2015/16 and good progress was made in engaging its 32 million customers on sustainability. Photo: M&S

'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update

Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.

The 12 cement companies – collectively worth $120bn – have been warned that “significant innovation” is necessary in order to drive efficiency beyond current standards

Aggressive innovation needed as tipping point looms for cement industry

Global cement companies have been urged to innovate as a means to "future-proof" the sector, after a new report from climate change research provider CDP warned that the majority of emission reduction targets in the industry look set to expire.

Through Plan A, M&S has phased out hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene from its products and packaging, and ships 98% of its products from in reusable packaging crates

'Ahead of the curve': Why M&S wants to collaborate to innovate on sustainable packaging

EXCLUSIVE: Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to be 'ahead of the curve' when it comes to applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging and therefore developing more sustainable, collaborative supply chains within the retail industry.

While Wales has already passed EU legislation requirements to achieve an average recycling rate of 50% by 2020, England could be left with numerous penalties

England should 'hang its head in shame' over static recycling efforts

With new figures released on Thursday (2 June) revealing that recycling figures for Wales had edged towards 60%, charity Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) has claimed that the lack of progress on recycling in England "reflects very badly on the situation".

ING has estimated that closed-loop business models were forming a growing market which could generate an additional 4% growth in value over a 10-year period

ING joins Circular Economy 100 to unlock business opportunities

Dutch multinational banking group ING has become the latest global institution to join the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the innovation platform launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to accelerate circular economy ambitions.

Clyde Arc bridge reflected in river Clyde Glasgow. Zero Waste Scotland is hoping to drive a business-led circular economy across the country

Scotland's SMEs urged to 'seize opportunity' of resource revolution

Scotland's circular economy body Zero Waste Scotland has today (18 March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.

edie spoke with Liz Goodwin shortly after WRAP confirmed she would be stepping down as its chief executive

Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin

As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.

ECAP will task retailers with encouraging consumers to buy less clothing

WRAP targets textile waste reductions across Europe

A new initiative launched has been launched by WRAP to reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of the textiles industries across 11 European countries.

WRAP's work in the last five years has resulted in four million tonnes less waste being produced

WRAP funding slashed despite five-fold return on investment

Recent Government spending cuts led to a 38% drop in income for the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in 2014/15, despite the organisation delivering a five-fold return on its funding.

A lack of food waste collection and larger bins caused major variations in recycling rates

Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP

Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.

The Resource Revolution plan is WRAP's first as the organisation embarks on its new journey as a charity

WRAP calls for 'Resource Revolution' with new 5-year plan

The UK Government's resource efficiency body has unveiled details of its strategic plan for the next five years, with an aim to "create the step-change needed to meet the demands of future generations".

FCC's chairman Esther Alcocer and executive vice chairman and CEO Juan Béjar

FCC Environmental US division sold for €70m

Leading waste management firm FCC Environmental has today (17 October) announced it is selling its division in the US to cleaning and waste management firm Heritage-Crystal Clean.


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