Plastic waste continued : Waste Export

The UN Environmental Programme reports that the consumption of plastic globally has jumped twice from 55 million tons in the 1950 to 110 million tons in 2010. The frightening estimates raise the question what happens with all this plastic waste. Most of it is not recycled and goes to landfills where it takes approximately 1000…

Green Consumerism- Millennials and the New Framework for Wellbeing

Despite the fact that a growing demand for products associated with ‘green’ development has been noted, improved production and green consumerism do not necessarily put a stop to the destruction of biodiversity and forests. What I will argue in this blog is the fact that consumers in emerging and developed countries should avoid excessive and…

Where does plastic go?

Imagine you are in a mountain valley. Or you are sailing in a boat. Or rather diving deep to the sea bottom somewhere in the Red Sea. Probably what comes to your mind is beautiful nature, revealing its stunning views. I am sorry I have to disappoint you. Imagine the same picture you had in…

How Chocolate harms Mother Earth

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats in the world and, to be honest, who does not love chocolate? It seems to be the best choice in many situations and whether you are trying to say ‘I love you’ to your girlfriend or want to apologise for not being on time for dinner…

The Ethical Implications of Sustainable Development

In academia, a popular shared belief states that technology might be the solution for environmental problems. It is generally agreed that contemporary societies can commercialize and develop environmentally friendly technologies that, in comparison to current technologies used, produce less pollution and require less natural resources.       It can be argued that long-term environmental sustainability…

The Greenest Mile is the One Not Driven

One of the largest contributors to climate change is transport. A 2007 Journal by Lee Chapman: “Transport and Climate Change: a review” states; “Transport accounts for 26% of global CO2 emissions and is one of the few industrial sectors where emissions are still growing”, (Lee, 2007). The paper concludes the main solutions to reducing the…

Objects adding value

One week, hectoliters of coffee and many sleepless nights later, we are on our way back to Lancaster. WBCSD in Mexico was a remarkable experience. Throughout the week we were lucky to meet many incredible people, and although each of them is different they are all united in achieving a common goal – a better world….

Sustainable supply chain

Why is supply chain sustainability so important? Because there is a compelling and continuously growing problem: the elevated carbon used in the transport, some 1.8 billion people are expected to join the global middle class by 2025, 90% of the transport sector is dependent on oil and a probable forecast is that the demand for transport…

Sharing is Wearing

Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Return. Regenerate. Common words that are constantly used nowadays, in a world that is transitioning towards more sustainable lifestyles. In fact, in most places one can find trash bin with separate compartment to ease recycling. Individuals are encouraged to reduce consumption by buying less, turning off the light when they leave…

Social Movements and Ecological Modernisation

Ecological modernisation has sparked a debate about the relevance of incorporating technological innovations and social movements in industry. It has been argued that new social movements, associated with recent forms of political activity are focusing on cultural struggles rather than on the institutionalized, classic social movements, embedded in cultural practices. On the one hand, some…