Sector summary: The state of sustainability in manufacturing
This edie Insight report explores some of the key drivers, challenges and opportunities facing sustainability in UK manufacturing.
Borough Market to phase out plastic bottle sales with free fountains
London's Borough Market is to introduce free drinking water fountains as part of a new pledge to phase out sales of all single-use plastic bottles over the next six months.
Molson Coors aims to halve carbon intensity by 2025
US-based brewer Molson Coors is targeting a zero-waste-to-landfill status across all of its major manufacturing facilities and a 50% reduction in carbon emissions as part of an ambitious new sustainability strategy that seeks to offset recent business growth.
M&S pioneers Neighbourly non-food redistribution scheme
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced it will become social platform Neighbourly's first retail partner to extend its food redistribution scheme to include non-food product donations.
London's new Environment Strategy: Five key questions answered
As London Mayor Sadiq Khan puts forward a long-term vision to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world, edie speaks with Khan's Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues to discuss how City Hall aims to put its ambitious plans into practice.
Scotland's circular drive reaches re-use milestone
Scotland's drive for a circular economy has reached a major milestone with today's (8 August) announcement that 100 quality-certified re-use stores are now in operation.
JLL UK targets 100% renewables and zero waste to landfill in new 2020 targets
Real estate specialists and investment management firm JLL is chasing 100% renewable electricity and zero waste to landfill offices as part of a new corporate sustainability agenda for 2020.
WSP aims for carbon-neutrality by 2025
Engineering consulting firm WSP has revealed plans to become carbon-neutral by 2025 as part of a wide-ranging new sustainability strategy.
Greene King sets zero-waste-to-landfill goal
Greene King has today (19 June) pledged to become the first UK brewer to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill across its estate, with a target date set for 2020.
Test bed: Scaling up a world-first recycling solution for MDF
edie investigates the green business potential of breakthrough technologies and innovations in this new series of 'test bed' case studies. First up: a look at a world-first solution that creates a secondary material from recycled MDF boards, generating zero waste in the process.
Plan A 2025: M&S updates flagship initiative to 'embrace a sustainable future'
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (1 June) launched a new roadmap for its Plan A sustainability programme, which includes targets to reduce emissions by 80% and turn the company into a zero-waste business.
Shopping centre owners launch innovation lab after closing in on CSR targets
Shopping centre owner intu has launched a new Green Lab to identify new solutions to reduce environmental impacts, as outlined in a sustainability report that announced the firm had reached a zero-waste-to-landfill milestone.
Smurfit Kappa celebrates 10 years of sustainability excellence
Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa has celebrated a "decade of excellence" in sustainability achievements, which have placed the firm well on-track to supersede its 2020 target to slash emissions by a quarter.
Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular economy
The Liberal Democrat Party manifesto has been released, outlining a series of ambitious proposals to "build a greener economy" by establishing five new legislative pieces, including a law to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
A guide to effective sustainability communications
Whether it's driving engaging with employees to maximise results, with stakeholders to translate progress, or with consumers to drive awareness and brand value, getting sustainability communications right is crucial, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.
In practice: Gatwick Airport's 'world-first' waste management plant
Gatwick’s pioneering energy-from-waste plant represents a huge step forward for sustainable aviation. Find out how it works, who was involved and the key results the facility is driving in this new 'in practice' case study.
Apple triples supplier sites enrolled in energy efficiency programme
Apple has tripled the number of supplier sites listed in its energy efficiency programme aimed at reducing onsite emissions, and has also introduced a "first-of-its-kind" risk assessment tool covering supply chain risks related to material sourcing, environmental impact and health and safety.
Costa fires up ultra-sustainable coffee roastery
Costa coffee has today (13 March) turned on the lights at its new £38m roastery, a facility which the company claims is "one of the most sustainable industrial buildings in the world".
P&G develops world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has today (19 January) announced that it will be mass-producing the world's first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) beach plastic.
Ikea achieves zero-waste-to-landfill status in the UK
The world's biggest furniture retailer has announced that it sent zero waste to landfill across all of its UK and Ireland facilities in 2016, achieving a 90% recycling rate in the process.
P&G steps up circular economy commitment with bold zero-waste pledge
Multinational consumer goods firm P&G has announced a major environmental New Year's Resolution: to effectively eliminate all manufacturing waste from its global network of more than 100 production sites by 2020.
Scotland urged to prevent £90m worth of food waste this Christmas
The Scottish population could reportedly cut more than £90m worth of food waste over the Christmas period, equating to savings of £38 for every Scottish household.
Carbon Trust launches zero-waste-to-landfill certification
Advisory firm The Carbon Trust has unveiled a new certification to award business achievements in diverting zero waste to landfill.
Scottish SMEs could save £19,000 per year through energy efficiency measures
Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are wasting £19,000 every year by neglecting simple energy efficiency improvements, according to Zero Waste Scotland.
PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years
Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade.
Scotland opens up 'circular regions' funding to drive SME resource revolution
Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has this week announced a targeted funding call to better support the nation's SMEs in embrace the shift to a circular economy.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 11 (Parts 1&2) - Circular economy dreams and responsible retail
What are the next steps that need to be taken to make the circular economy a reality? And are current retail business models fit for purpose if we are to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, resource-efficient future? Part two...
The story of Roermond: How Smurfit Kappa is making the circular economy a reality
Packaging giant Smurfit Kappa invites edie on a behind-the-scenes tour of its pioneering zero-waste paper mill in the Netherlands, which stands as an exemplar of the firm's global circular economy ambitions.
Target, measure, act: Global scale-up needed to accelerate food waste reduction
One year on from the establishment of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nations and businesses have been urged to target, measure and reduce food waste in line with Goal 12.3, which calls for food waste to be halved by 2030.
Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets
Germany, the EU's most influential country and its leading recycler, has called for recycling targets in the European Commission's Circular Economy package of green laws to be scrapped.
A Resourceful Future – Expanding the UK Economy
This report by SUEZ reveals that more than £9bn could be added to the UK economy by integrating circular economy principles into the country’s emerging industrial strategy.
Vacherin becomes zero-waste business one year ahead of schedule
London catering business Vacherin has revealed that it has achieved a zero-waste to landfill business status, one year ahead of schedule, as it also closes in on an 80% recycling target set for 2018.
Join the conversation at the edie Leaders Club
The edie Leaders Club is an exclusive, member-only group for over 200 sustainability leaders, who come together to share knowledge, experience and best practice in the journey to make business more sustainable.
Candidates sought for Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town'
Zero Waste Scotland are seeking candidates to apply for the title of Scotland's third 'Zero Waste Town' by demonstrating a commitment to circular economy principles.
General Motors turns to resource efficiency to alleviate regulatory 'perfect storm'
EXCLUSIVE: Amidst all of the political uncertainty surrounding the UK's pending departure from the European Union, General Motors' (GM) regulatory affairs and CSR manager has said that embedding closed-loop processes is enabling the company to thrive amidst an ongoing "regulatory storm".
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.
Climate Take Back: Inside Interface's bold new mission to reverse climate change
EXCLUSIVE: Just four years away from its ambitious Mission Zero deadline, global carpet manufacturer and sustainability leader Interface has decided to evolve its sustainability strategy, developing an unparalleled initiative that goes "beyond the boundaries" of any single company. edie's Matt Mace investigates.
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).
Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater
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Edinburgh launches 'Remakery' to ignite re-use and repair revolution
An Edinburgh social enterprise has set up a unique re-use and repair superstore to encourage second-hand shopping and enable more people to learn key repair skills in the Scottish capital, as a way of driving a circular economy.
Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy
Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.
Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste
A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.
EU vows tough enforcement of circular economy package
The circular economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by tougher European Commission enforcement than seen under previous administrations, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates.
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.
Interface builds boat from 7,000 plastic bottles to tackle ocean pollution
The world's largest carpet tile manufacturer has joined forces with a 'plastic fishing' company to design and create a unique boat made from more than 7,000 plastic bottles fished from the canals of Amsterdam.
MillerCoors toasts zero waste to landfill status after behaviour change drive
America's second-largest brewer has achieved landfill-free operations at all of its major breweries across the country, thanks to an enhanced focus on employee engagement and behaviour change.
More than 600 Unilever sites reach zero waste to landfill status
Unilever has today (9 February) revealed that more than 600 of its sites across 70 countries have achieved zero waste to landfill status, after the company identified alternate routes for non-hazardous waste streams in its operations.
Peterborough opens £72m energy recovery plant
A new state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Peterborough is expected to help the city divert 95% of its waste from landfill.
Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%
The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.
Vauxhall goes landfill-free across all European facilities
Global car manufacturers General Motors has announced that all of its Vauxhall facilities across Europe are 100% landfill free, with the facilities either recycling, reusing or creating energy from daily waste operations.
Scottish designers to create 'high fashion' from discarded clothes
Two fashion designers will create new high-end clothing collections from garments that have been given to charity, after winning a competition organised by Zero Waste Scotland and the Salvation Army.
Unilever to be carbon positive by 2030
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has announced a new target to be carbon positive across its operations by 2030.
Nestle forms new energy reduction partnership
The world's largest food company has announced a new partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to explore resource efficiency across a range of its operational value chain.
McDonald's sources certified wood fibre for front end packaging
Fast-food giant McDonalds has announced that all of its European-sourced packaging is now sourced from chain-of-custody certified wood fibre, as the company continues on its journey to source 100% sustainable packaging in Europe.
Fruit Pastilles get greener as Nestlé fires up giant solar system
Nestlé's Fawdon factory in Newcastle upon Tyne, which produces Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles, Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Caramac, is now home to the largest solar panel installation in the North East of England.
How to produce a sustainability report
This book is a step-by-step guide to the practices and processes in producing a sustainability/integrated report using the GRI framework.
Let's throw away old notions of waste: it's time for new circular economy policies
The circular economy is about much more than recycling and landfill. As Accenture's Peter Lacy argues, businesses and consumers need governments to reward innovation through effective incentives.
Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses
With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.
Zero Waste Scotland launches social media campaign to inspire upcycling
Zero Waste Scotland has launched an 8-week social media campaign to encourage Scots to 'upcycle' unwanted pieces of furniture.
Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year
A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.
UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis
The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.
Survey: Restaurants ignore sustainability 'at their peril'
More than 90% of consumers say they would be more likely to go to a restaurant that publicised its environmental impact and the provenance of its food.
£80m saved as Wales' recycling rates continue to rise
Latest figures show that Wales' recycling and composting rate for the past year has reached 56% - a 2% climb from 2013.
Scotland launches circular economy consultation
Scotland's environment secretary Richard Lochhead yesterday (20 August) launched a consultation aiming to create a fully fledged circular economy for the country.
Molson Coors saves 500 million litres in water reduction drive
Global beer producer Molson Coors is on track towards its 2020 energy targets with reductions in carbon emissions, water use and waste-to-landfill, according to its latest sustainability report released today (17 August).
Zero Waste Scotland launches guide to office resource efficiency
The Scottish Government-funded Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new toolkit that aims to help businesses improve their resource efficiency.
Scotland opens shared circular economy design hub
A new communal working space designed to encourage fashion and textile workers to work more sustainably has opened in Edinburgh.
Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy
Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.
Mars slashes environmental impact with renewable energy surge
Global confectionary giant Mars has released its 2014 sustainability report, highlighted by a 54% year-on-year increase in the amount of renewable energy used by the company.
Scotland offers £100,000 to remanufacturing innovators
Zero Waste Scotland's chief executive Iain Gulland has today (28 July) announced the launch of a new fund to boost remanufacturing innovation.
UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption
Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).
Levi's rolls out clothing recycling scheme across US stores
Levi Strauss has announced plans to open clothing recycling collection points at all its local stores.
What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: JD Wetherspoon & DHL
With deadline day for entry to edie's 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards fast approaching, we take a closer look at the collaboration between pub chain JD Wetherspoon and logistics firm DHL Supply Chain which took home last year's Waste & Resource Management award.
Unilever's supply chain chief: Employee engagement holds key to long-term success
EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief supply chain officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi believes a "lack of focus and understanding" and short-termism is holding back the global transition to a more sustainable economy.
Zero Waste Scotland partners with festival to promote 'eco-friendly' fashion
This year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival will feature a new focus on sustainability, thanks to a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland.
MSP hits out at UK's 'reluctance' over circular economy
EXCLUSIVE: Britain's transition to a circular economy is being stifled by an unenthusiastic Government that is seemingly reluctant to support EU regulation, according to Scotland's Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.
Property giant streamlines green goals to preserve prosperity
Britain's largest commercial property company has slashed its number of environmental targets from 15 to five, claiming the simplification will help it "move beyond CR to being a fully sustainable business".
'Brown is the new green' at sustainable US Open golf course
The US Open golf championship, which kicked off this week, is being held at a course labelled "the poster child of sustainable golf", but not all players are happy with the new water-reduced playing surface.
Scotland makes climate case for circular economy
A circular economy in Scotland would reduce carbon emissions by up to 11 million tonnes a year without sacrificing the nation's financial prosperity, a new report from Zero Waste Scotland has found.
£100,000 loans on offer to boost Scottish firms' efficiency
Zero Waste Scotland is offering interest-free loans up to £100,000 to help Scottish businesses improve their resource efficiency.
Nestle factory reaches zero-waste milestone
Nestle's largest UK factory has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill and cut emissions by 10%, one year after installing a giant anaerobic digester.
The Carlsberg Circular Community
Today's business models are not fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, and firms need to be willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' to drive positive change.
Kingfisher: Compliance to Resilience
For companies already driving bottom-line efficiencies and top- line growth through sustainability initiatives, meeting industry standards and complying with government regulations is simply a ‘permission to play’. What happens to an organisation when it goes beyond compliance?
Nestle achieves zero waste to landfill in the US
Nestle has achieved zero waste to landfill in all of its US factories as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products.
Scotland to recruit 'volunteer army' to drive circular economy
Zero Waste Scotland is recruiting more than 1,000 'zero waste volunteers' to support its mission to reduce food waste, boost recycling rates and promote re-use, repairing and sharing across the country.
Retailer engagement brings huge environmental benefits for shopping centre
Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has successfully engaged with its retailers to achieve significant reductions in energy, waste and water use.
Businesses must 'think outside of the box' with sustainability strategies, says Carlsberg
EXCLUSIVE: Today's business models are not fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, and firms need to be willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' to drive positive change.
Nestle achieves key sustainability targets ahead of time
Nestlé has today released its Creating Shared Value Report 2014, revealing it to have hit several key sustainability targets two years early.
Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums
Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.
Green event guide launched by Zero Waste Scotland
Zero Waste Scotland has published a new guide to help event organisers deliver environmentally sustainable events.
ETI: Bioenergy insights into the future UK Bioenergy Sector
What is the most effective way of delivering a particular bioenergy outcome in the UK, taking into account the available biomass resources, the geography of the UK, time, technology options and logistics networks?
Accounting for Sustainability: Managing future uncertainty
This guide, produced by the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Leadership Network, provides an introduction to integrating risks resulting from macro sustainability trends into business decision-making.
Scottish third sector given funding to boost repair skills
Scottish third sector organisations who specialise in re-use could be given up to £1500 each to help them train their staff to repair electronics, textiles and furniture.
Sustainability scrum: A green guide to the Six Nations in six graphs
Wales comes out on top for recycling rates, France is dominating electric car sales and Scotland is leading the pack on emissions reductions. But just how sustainable are the Six Nations?
GIB invests in groundbreaking £111m recycling plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is one of three investors funding a first-of-its-kind £111m recycling and waste facility in Scotland.
O2 'streets ahead of competitors' on e-waste recycling
Mobile operator O2 has saved 142,000kg of waste from landfill through its O2 Recycle initiative, paying out £100m for old phones and tablets in the process.
Zero Waste Scotland urges shoppers to embrace sharing economy
Zero Waste Scotland is bringing the 'sharing economy' concept to Glasgow with a week of activity planned to encourage shoppers to swap and pass on their old goods.
Sainsbury's heats stores using fridges to slash energy consumption
Sainsbury's is pioneering the use of ground-source heating technology by collecting the warmth from the back of its refrigerators to heat up its stores - cutting energy use by more than 30%.
Tamar Energy secures industry-first loan to support 'next wave' of AD plants
Confidence in the anaerobic digestion (AD) market has been reaffirmed with a 'first-of-its-kind' £32m investment from RBS to support the UK's leading AD plant operator.