Beyoncé’s Mesh Dress and Gloves by Sustainable Brand Auné

Beyoncé has been on a roll with Instagramming her outfits. On the heels of her Alessandra Rich Vegas set and custom Area pantsuit were this little mesh minidress and matching gloves in a sculptural print. The coordinates were made specially for Bey by UK-based concept store Auné’s in-house label. The brand posted a celebratory shot with a caption that read, “The day has finally come *I know it’s an early post but couldn’t contain myself* Thank you @zerinaakers for reaching out and requesting this look for Beyoncé. It’s not often I fangirl over people but this is someone who I grew up listening to and is so ICONIC! My year has been made 💚.”

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Industry urges Commission to call nuclear power ‘sustainable’

The nuclear energy industry trade association FORATOM on Monday called on the European Commission to include nuclear energy under the sustainable finance taxonomy and ecolabel for retail financial products, after the publication of a leaked report from the Joint Research Centre. This scientific body concluded that nuclear does not cause more harm to human health nor the environment than any other power-producing technologies considered sustainable under the taxonomy.

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5 Opportunities of a Circular Economy

More than 100 billion tons of resources enter the economy every year – everything from metals, minerals and fossil fuels to organic materials from plants and animals. Just 8.6% gets recycled and used again. Use of resources has tripled since 1970 and could double again by 2050 if business continues as usual. We would need 1.5 Earths to sustainably support our current resource use. This rampant consumption has devastating effects for humans, wildlife and the planet. It is more urgent than ever to shift from linear, use-it-up-and-throw-it-away models to a circular economy: where waste and pollution are designed out, products and materials are kept in use for longer, and natural systems can regenerate. A circular economy isn’t just about fixing environmental wrongs, though: Evidence shows it can bring big opportunities and positive impacts across industries, sectors and lives.

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It’s Time To Join The Bitcoin Circular Economy

Makers of 3D-printed guns operate by the motto, “Free men don’t ask permission.” They don’t ask the State for permission to bear arms. They don’t rely on gun manufacturers to make a gun that they’d like to see developed. In doing so, 3D gun printing functions parallel to, and outside of the legacy model of regulated manufacturers producing compliant and serialized guns that can only be bought through third-party licensed firearms dealers after passing a State background check. A “Bitcoin circular economy” runs on the same principle. Free men don’t ask permission to transact with each other and don’t rely on the legacy third-party financial institutions that operate in tandem with State authorities.

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Transforming polymers for a circular economy

The accumulation of vast quantities of plastic and other polymeric waste poses a significant environmental risk, both on land and in the oceans. We also lose material that might have significant end-of-life value if recycling and other reprocessing technologies were more cost-effective.  The industry has an opportunity to improve the energy and material efficiency of processes that would help recycle, upcycle and deconstruct polymers on scales that are not possible today. It also has the chance to design and manufacture polymers with recycling in mind: enabling, in other words, a more circular economy.

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5 Books on the Circular Economy

Sustainability should be at the forefront of our efforts as a society to ensure that we are maintaining healthy environments and reducing waste. A circular economy is an economic system based on regenerating natural resources and systems and eliminating waste and pollution. How can we make efforts to widely implement this type of system? Where and how can we start? Here are 5 books that will help you dive into this regenerative process.
 

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A novel pathway for ‘drop-in’ sustainable aviation fuel for net-zero flights

NREL’s formula for SAF from wet waste is compatible with existing jet engines, making it a promising candidate for quickly getting approved by ASTM International. Aircraft stand at a turning point in the race to reduce emissions to mitigate climate change. Although the aircraft sector only accounts for a sliver of transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States—at 9%—it is difficult to decarbonize. With jet fuel demand set to double pre-pandemic levels by 2050 and airlines ramping up pledges to reduce emissions, innovations in fuels, engines, and emerging technologies are critical to closing the gap to net zero.

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Circular Economy: definition & examples

When my son was 3 years old and asking his mummy what was this “circular economy” thing she was working on, here is what she told him: it is when everything is healthy food for something else. So simple and sweet. I love it! In other words, it means running the economy like nature runs its own business: plants use carbon dioxide and nutrients to grow and produce oxygen. Animals use oxygen and create carbon dioxide and nutrients. Nothing is wasted. It is a closed loop system. Circular economy is generally opposed to the linear economy (take-make-waste) we have been running for many years. Some people also use the term cradle to cradle as opposed to cradle to grave.”

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Bootstrap Business: What Is a Circular Economy?

In the 1920s, a group of the largest lightbulb companies from around the world came together and made a plan to sell more lightbulbs: make them worse.  The group, called the Phoebus Cartel, decided that their bulbs would last 1,000 hours, much lower than the 2,500 hours the bulbs had lasted before. Customers would then have to buy more bulbs.  It was a foolproof plan, except for being unethical and shortsighted. The Phoebus Cartel shows the problems with a traditional linear economy that a circular economy solves. In a circular economy, the point is to look past sheer profit or growth and consider a sustainable future with wider social benefits. 

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First look at Ireland’s plans for a circular economy

The first draft of Ireland’s circular economy strategy includes an innovation grant scheme and a successor to the National Waste Prevention Programme. Climate action is ramping up across Europe. Here in Ireland, recent initiatives include a new €10m fund to help companies compete in a low-carbon future and a five-year training plan to help them prepare for the impacts of the climate crisis. Today marks another step towards a sustainable future as the Government has published the first draft of its national strategy to transition to a circular economy. It has outlined five objectives for 2021 and 2022.

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An Interactive Tool for a Circular Economy in the Built Environment

Imagine if all built environment projects eliminated waste, preserved the value of materials and restored natural ecosystems. If you are responsible for designing or managing work environments, now is a critical time for you to understand what the transition to a Circular Economy could mean for your business and the role you play in overall value creation. Design stage decisions have major consequences for managing buildings-in-use and post-use recovery of materials. Those who seize this opportunity will be heroes for achieving sustainability commitments that are targeted for 2030 and beyond.

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Arts and the Circular Economy: Theatre & Film

Across the theatre and film sector, companies are working towards reducing the environmental impact of their work and making it more sustainable. Theatres are hosting environmental awareness activities, performances and implementing sustainable methods of running a venue. Whereas the film industry in particular through the BFI is encouraging filmmakers to incorporate sustainable practices throughout production. Here I take a look at some of these activities and in particular how the sectors are moving beyond a ‘take, make, dispose’ economy and towards a circular economy, where all materials are treated as precious resources, with nothing thrown away.

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New report by the African Circular Economy Alliance shines light on ‘Five Big Bets’ for circular economy

The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) has launched a report that identifies five sectors that have the greatest potential to drive the circular economy, a model that promotes better resource management. The sectors are: food systems, the built environment, fashion and textile, electronics, and packaging. The report, “Five Big Bets for the Circular Economy,” was launched on Thursday 15 April as the ACEA wrapped up its Annual Meeting. As a strategic partner and host of its secretariat, the African Development Bank organized the event in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

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Kochi Metro Rail To Adopt ‘Circular Economy’ Methods For Sustainable Development

Activities in a circular economy follow reduce (minimum use of raw materials), reuse (maximum reuse of products and components), and recycle (high-quality reuse of raw materials) principles where the life of the product gets extended. Unlike the linear process, it means implementing systemic changes that add value and reduce substantial procedural waste. The waste from the end of the supply chain is directed to the beginning thereby using the resources more efficiently by utilising them more than once.

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Circular economy works: Sustainable upcycling rugs | STYLEPARK

“I dislike the word waste,” says Simone Post. “We should regard every material, and that includes waste, as a new source of material.” The Dutch expert demonstrated what she meant with her graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven: She developed an upcycling concept for offcuts of material that she then fashions into circular rugs. The leftovers and rejects come from the production lines at textile manufacturer Vlisco, a company known for its highly colorful and extravagantly patterned fabrics made using a complex wax technique. “The big difference between upcycling and recycling is that with upcycling as part of the circular economy the material is imbued with greater value,” says the designer. By contrast, recycling might mean that a fabric involving a complex manufacturing process is later only used to make insulating boards.

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Integrated Campaigns for Building Sustainable Brands

According to Gartner, campaigns integrating 4 or more digital channels will outperform single- or dual-channel campaigns by 300% from a performance perspective. But we need to go further if we want to create a truly unified campaign experience for today’s audiences, and this starts with taking an honest look at how integrated your campaign model really is. Kantar Milward Brown’s ‘Art of Integration’ study, revealed that brands believe they are excelling at executing integrated strategies, marking themselves as 89% integrated. However, consumers were less convinced of the integrated nature of their campaigns, marking advertising “campaign fit” at 58%.

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Integrated Campaigns for Building Sustainable Brands

According to Gartner, campaigns integrating 4 or more digital channels will outperform single- or dual-channel campaigns by 300% from a performance perspective. But we need to go further if we want to create a truly unified campaign experience for today’s audiences, and this starts with taking an honest look at how integrated your campaign model really is. Kantar Milward Brown’s ‘Art of Integration’ study, revealed that brands believe they are excelling at executing integrated strategies, marking themselves as 89% integrated. However, consumers were less convinced of the integrated nature of their campaigns, marking advertising “campaign fit” at 58%.

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This Entrepreneur Launched a Page to Teach You How to Live Sustainably

Valeria Horton finished college in May 2020, two months after the COVID-19 lockdown had stopped everything in Mexico. With a stagnant economy and few job offers for recent graduates, Valeria decided to take advantage of the crisis to start a business. This is their story and with the sole objective of promoting their entrepreneurship, I pitch the idea to them. Like many other graduates, Valeria started looking for work after finishing her Communication studies, but the process was very complicated. “There was the pandemic and there was, well, there is a crisis, so I decided to start a project. I did not want to wait and I wanted to start this so that there are no more pandemics in the future, “he says.

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How to create Sustainable Marketing with Michelle Carvill

In today’s podcast we were able to bring together two very topical areas that are on the top of all business owners minds (hopefully). Michelle Carvill came on to discuss the merits and ways to create a strategy that can improve not only your marketing but your carbon footprint too. Listen in for further details and insights as Melanie Boylan talk to Michelle Carvill. ‘Sustainable Marketing – How to drive profits with purpose’ – is her fifth book which she co authored along side Gemma Butler and Geraint Evans, published by Bloomsbury. And aligned with this, Michelle has developed a Sustainable Marketing course for CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing)

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