April 2021

This is the first house to be 3D printed from raw earth

Mario Cucinella Architects and Wasp, Italy’s leading 3D printing company, have completed the first house to be 3D-printed from raw earth. The process coined Tecla (standing for technology and clay) is eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly due to the production being zero waste and needing no materials to be transported to the site as it uses local soil. It took just 200 hours for multiple printers to construct the 60-square-metre prototype in Ravenna, Italy.

Body Composting Is the Newest Sustainable Death Practice

If the idea of body composting makes you squeamish, you’re not alone. We don’t like to think about death, especially when it comes to the physical aspect of what happens to our bodies after we die. But burial and cremation, our standard methods of disposing of human remains, aren’t great for the environment.
Enter the sustainable death movement. People are searching for ways to dispose of bodies with respect and dignity — without harming the planet in the process.

Mixed picture

Although criticised by some, energy from waste is seen as a vital component of the UK’s waste management system. Chris Elliott looks at where it fits as we transition to a circular economy.
It’s one of the burning issues in the quest for a circular economy: is incinerating waste a good thing or not?
On one side of the argument, there are those who believe it can be a useful way of making energy, and that it’s preferable to landfilling. It’s also a way of destroying waste that cannot be managed in any other way, because the material involved is dangerous, such as infectious bio-wastes from hospitals, or hazardous wastes from industry.

Our Sustainability Story

As socially and environmentally conscious people with customers who are the same, we get a fair number of questions about the sustainability practices of our company. The short answer is two fold – 1) We’ve put a lot of work and research into this front, particularly given how small we are and 2) While we’ve made some solid progress, we (and the food industry in general) still have a ways to go. 

Happi Floss: Sustainable Flossers

Happi Floss is on a mission to replace single-use plastics and we’re starting with flossers. Made with layers of post-consumer recycled paper, Happi Floss is designed to decompose quickly in the compost or soil, unlike our plastic counterparts that can take 400+ years to decompose, if ever.
Created by Doctor Staci, a functional and holistic pediatric dentist, Happi Floss is a woman-founded, owned, and operated company.

Accenture, SAP to Accelerate Sustainability in Supply Chain Management

The United Nations Global Compact — in association with SAP, Accenture, and 3M — published the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Ambition Guides in September 2020 to mobilise industry around SDG Ambition and scale impact for the 17 SDGs. Collaboration is key to achieving the SDGs and with “Partnerships for the Goals” one of SAP’s key focus areas, its expanded collaboration with Accenture is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at helping businesses capture value from sustainability.

Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels Taking Off | Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle Commission hosted a study session today to review progress implementing the Port’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) strategic plan and significant investments of the private sector in SAF production and use in Washington. The study session occurs just days after the Washington state legislature approved policy creating a low carbon fuel standard. The policy to lower carbon emissions from fuel now goes to Washington state Governor Jay Inslee for his signature.

New virtual event will discuss how tourism can return sustainably – Events – HOTELIER MIDDLE EAST

virtual event focusing on sustainable tourism will take place in May.
Presented by TLC, ‘Reset Tourism. Sustainably’ puts nature and the protection of culture and heritage at the top of its agenda.
Taking place on May 25, starting at 9am UK time, it will have a line-up of speakers including representatives from UNWTO, ministers of tourism and specialists in sustainability, hotels operations and development.

Colgate to open source recyclable toothpaste tube tech

THE WHAT? Colgate-Palmolive has begun the switch to a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube and will share the technology.
THE DETAILS The company’s Tom’s of Maine has unveiled the first tube recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers. The brand will debut the tube for its Antiplaque & Whitening toothpaste and complete the switch across all of its toothpastes in 2020, when the Colgate brand will initiate the transition in Europe and North America.  

Colgate to open source recyclable toothpaste tube tech

THE WHAT? Colgate-Palmolive has begun the switch to a first-of-its-kind recyclable toothpaste tube and will share the technology.
THE DETAILS The company’s Tom’s of Maine has unveiled the first tube recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers. The brand will debut the tube for its Antiplaque & Whitening toothpaste and complete the switch across all of its toothpastes in 2020, when the Colgate brand will initiate the transition in Europe and North America.  

Richard Hutten to speak about circular design at Dezeen Day

Designer Richard Hutten will speak about design and the circular economy at Dezeen Day in London on 30 October.
The Dutch designer, who is an advocate of the circular economy, will discuss projects including the commission to replace all 27,000 seats at Schiphol Airport with new chairs designed according to circular principles.

Trending: Fashion Edges Ever Closer to Circularity

Prada’s new Nat Geo series highlights its Re-Nylon line; while the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Jeans Redesign Guidelines aim to ensure jeans are made better for the environment and the health of garment workers.  Web series from Prada, Nat Geo shows ‘What We Carry’ re responsible consumption around the world…
Web series from Prada, Nat Geo shows ‘What We Carry’ re responsible consumption around the world