Sir, – I was intrigued to read that the words “circular economy” mean little to the public and half of the members of Irish Business and Employers Confederation admit that they have not a clue what it means (“‘Circular economy’ legislation set to have huge impact”, News , June 19th). Back in the day, reuse, repair and recycle were the norm, and domestic appliances like cookers were built to last for over 30 years and other items like clothes and schoolbooks were carefully handed down. So it seems we are going round in circles. Perhaps not such a square thing. – Yours, etc, AIDAN RODDY, Cabinteely, Dublin 18.
At 22, Jaden Smith has already inked his resume with professions such as actor, director, rapper, artist, activist and brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton and New Balance. He can now add Environmental Champion to the list when he is honored with the title on Oct. 13 by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Awarded to Smith for his efforts for environmental justice and clean, safe water, he will join a list of previous laureates that include Ted Sarandos, Barbra Streisand, Al Gore and Jeff Skoll. “I am delighted to honor these young leaders of activism and action for climate justice,” said Marilyn Raphael, the Institute’s first black leader. Lawrence Bender, Producer and Co-Chairman of the Board, adds: “There is no doubt that Jaden represents the new generation of environmental warriors who understand not only the climate crisis but also climate justice. I could not be more delighted to pay tribute to him and in so doing help shed light on these most pressing issues.
GROUNDBREAKING technology developed by researchers at the University of Limerick could lead to the cars of the future being manufactured from paper waste. The researchers, based at UL’s Bernal Institute, have produced carbon fibre from sustainable bio-resources. These materials have been used to produce car wing mirrors and sections for wind turbine blades, paving the way towards a more sustainable future for materials used in the automotive and wind energy sectors. Carbon fibre is used as a reinforcement in plastic materials to produce composite materials, which are deployed in commercial high-end goods such as cars, aircraft computers and sports equipment like golf clubs.
Sustainability in fashion is a path-breaking concept. Not that the textile industry has been steadily working towards making the industry a little greener than it was. But to accelerate from the present slow pace, we need technological and creative disruptions. We remember when Adidas went all the way to create sneakers from ocean waste. Many brands have been working towards such goals. The leather industry has been a painted target for both sustainable evangelists as well as animal lovers. Bioengineers from Provenance fabrics are now designing collagen molecules to create lab-made leather. Nano textile technology is also on the surge. It helps to add a special property to fabrics like odor repellency, temperature control, bacterial repellant, etc, without using harmful intermediaries. This protects both the user as well as the environment from harmful exposures. Japanese studio Nendo has collaborated with Italian studio Up To You Anthology, to design handbags people can assemble at home. Linear panels will cut down production lines and manufacturing costs.