50 million chickens wasted each year – now that’s food for thought

The United Nations progress update for 2018 on sustainable development goal 2 – Zero Hunger, highlighted that the proportion of undernourished people worldwide increased to 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015. Yet, every one of these individuals could have been fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in…

Electric vehicles – time to look beyond our streets?

“We’re trying to help the environment, we think it’s the most serious problem that humanity faces” says the man synonymous with accelerating the move towards electric vehicles (EVs) – Mr Elon Musk. The European Commission found electric cars produce lower greenhouse gases than their petrol or diesel equivalents, even when energy generation is factored in….

Look smart but buy smart

Now I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and admit I have WAY too many clothes. Several jackets, various jeans and t-shirts, and even multiple pairs of the same shoe – just in a different colour. Now unless I was planning to take the London Fashion Week to the North Pole, or what’s…

Fork to Farm or Farm to Fork

Although we aim for reduction in waste and improvements in technology, dietary shifts is the area that has the largest potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so why isn’t more being done when 30% of the population have weight problems, surely giving even more of a reason to change for the better. Meat from the…

‘Tis the season to be sustainable

Referred to as the most consumerist and wasteful time of the year, Christmas ‘tis the season to be sustainable. Think before you buy, consume or wrap in order to have the ultimate guilt-free Christmas by following the acronym ‘CHRISTMAS’. Cards Christmas cards make up 61% of all greeting card sales in the US and 45% in…

Sustainability in Advertising

Advertising with purpose has been a key trend of 2018 and as a marketing student this is hugely fascinating to me but is it all a pretence? Are businesses inflicting positive change on the environment or just saying they are? With businesses becoming increasingly concerned with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) there is a focus on…

2° for food

Last week 9 other students and I had the unique opportunity to attend the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s annual meeting in Singapore. We worked there as session hosts and even had the chance to attend some of the session ourselves and hear about a range of different topics. One session that really fascinated…

Talanoa: Walk the Talk

Our complex and sophisticated ability to communicate as Homo Sapiens has allowed us to outcompete many species on this Earth, including other human species that became extinct 12,000 years ago (1). Communication has increased our chances of survival, given us the ability to form long term relationships and allowed mass collaboration. Many of us would…

Sustainability in the Sky

Hello again, It’s Rebecca here! With us flying back from Singapore shortly, I thought it was convenient to discuss sustainability in relation to the recent re-launch of the world’s longest flight from Singapore to New York. Fuel We may not be hopping on this 18.5 hour flight (yes nearly 19 hours!!) but 161 passengers are…