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…

All Britain Wants for Christmas is Food

It’s that time of year. As I walk to the last of my lectures for the term I start to notice how crisp and cold the Lancaster air has gotten. I look around and I see a busy sea of woolly hats, scarfs and gloves. The smell of roasted chestnuts waft around me as I…

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…

Singapore: A Modern Metropolis

4 months ago, my 9 peers and I sent off our application for a chance to win a place on the OWT232: Sustainability and Management, WBCSD Bootcamp module. It would be unfeasible to quantify how valuable, unreal and enriching our Singapore experience was in the 7 days we were there for. The lessons we learnt…

The Global Irony of Climate Change Injustice

The discourse surrounding climate change is one of the largest and longest environmental debates running. We start with 19th century scientists, who introduced the idea of “greenhouse gasses” trapping heat within the Earth’s atmosphere. From this proposal, the conversation skyrockets for the next 200 years with a range of insights by the civil society, governments…

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…

Merry Sustainable Christmas

When scrolling down through the newsfeed of one of my social media accounts I encountered the following: “Josie, Mia and 6 others are going or interested in the event “Santa’s Workshop (Making Sustainable Christmas)”. Immediately, the sound of Christmas songs and the smell of mulled wine and homemade biscuits crossed my mind. Then, however, I started…