SDG blueprints, wonky veg boxes and plastics action: Top 10 sustainability stories of August 2018
As the summer holidays draw to a close, we take a look back at August's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up - covering wonky produce boxes, plastics debates and a solar-powered cheese manufacturing plant.
In this latest instalment of our monthly top-10 round-up series, edie has highlighted some of the news and features that readers were keen to read and share during August 2018.
The end of the month has signalled a change of season after weeks of blistering heatwaves, but there was no change of pace for businesses, as they strived ahead to unveil new commitments, reports and collaborations to help deliver on sustainability pledges.
As this round-up proves, businesses are charging ahead with new ideas, frameworks and innovations. So, take a look through all of the month’s most-read news stories, and click the links in the descriptions below to read them for yourself.
In the wake of a new report warning that the amount of food wasted each year worldwide is set to rise by a third by 2030 without “urgent and aggressive” action, this month’s most-read news story covered Lidl’s latest effort to redistribute fresh produce and avoid food waste.
Following the publication of a damning report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which claimed that 95% of the value of plastic packaging material is lost to the economy annually, edie readers have been keen to find out how companies are moving to recapture this waste stream. One of the latest success stories in the field comes from Unilever, which recently launched a range of beauty products housed in 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic packaging in the UK.
With public, corporate and political attention still firmly fixed on tackling ocean plastic problems and increasing recycling rates, one of edie’s most widely read features explored the new actions that the UK’s largest supermarket chains are taking to reduce avoidable plastic waste.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have proven to be something of a hot topic among edie readers this summer, with hundreds of CSR professionals downloading our latest insight report. The document, produced in partnership with consultancy firm Ditto Sustainability, provides clear, practical steps that can be taken to embed the SDGs in business strategies.
With recent heatwaves finally alerting the public to the severity of climate change, this month saw environmental law firm ClientEarth and YouGov release the findings of their joint survey on public attitudes towards sustainability challenges. Here, edie highlights some of the more surprising statistics from the survey.
In addition to the usual quiz, success story and innovation features, the 46th episode of edie’s podcast saw the editorial team conduct their first live call with a sustainability professional. During the conversation, Surfdome’s head of sustainability Adam hall discussed whether the ongoing plastic phase-out could lead to unintended environmental consequences.
As edie celebrated its 20-year anniversary as a business media brand, this two-part feature saw 20 sustainability professionals and political activists discuss what will define the next two decades of corporate sustainability and business leadership.
In the first of a new case study series focusing on successful projects that have helped end-user companies reduce key environmental footprints, edie explores how a London hotel has cut back the amount of food waste being discarded and treated offsite by installing onsite food digesters.
See, stories about the SDGs did well this month. In another well-read story, edie interviews UN Global Compact’s (UNGC) chief of programmes, Lila Karbassi, who worked on the Compact’s new “practical guide” for businesses seeking advice on prioritising which SDG targets to act and report on.
Readers were also particularly keen to find out about Irish dairy manufacturer Dale Farm’s new 5MW solar farm, which is co-located with the company’s cheddar cheese plant in Dunmanbridge, this month.