Earth Day Everyday: Closing the Loop: Risk or Reward? #Earthday2013 #Earthmonth #Environment

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As we celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, we thought it would be great to look at interesting movement in the environmental space. Stay tuned for our article series titled “Earth Day Everyday” for stories, tips and trends related to sustainability and the environment.

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Set against a backdrop of global climate change, carbon economics and resource scarcity, the intrinsically valuable materials and scrap carbon that have for so long been locked up in waste streams are now becoming highly sought after. But how are organisations reacting to this challenge, given our current linear ‘take, make, waste’ system? As businesses begin to recognise the benefits of an emerging circular economy and its ability to drive greater resource productivity, the benefits are perhaps less tangible for the waste management industry.

However, as businesses look to reduce environmental impacts and boost the bottom line by moving waste up the hierarchy, the waste supply chain is ideally placed to help them deliver on their ambitions — providing it can react fast enough to align itself as a key enabler to encourage this circularity.

To examine these issues in more depth, edie.net and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine, with sponsor FCC Environment, carried out extensive market research among both waste producers (businesses) and waste-management companies to track how attitudes towards waste and smarter resource management were impacting at different points across the value chain.

Set against a backdrop of global climate change, carbon economics and resource scarcity, the intrinsically valuable materials and scrap carbon that have for so long been locked up in waste streams are now becoming highly sought after. But how are organisations reacting to this challenge, given our current linear ‘take, make, waste’ system? As businesses begin to recognise the benefits of an emerging circular economy and its ability to drive greater resource productivity, the benefits are perhaps less tangible for the waste management industry.

However, as businesses look to reduce environmental impacts and boost the bottom line by moving waste up the hierarchy, the waste supply chain is ideally placed to help them deliver on their ambitions — providing it can react fast enough to align itself as a key enabler to encourage this circularity.

To examine these issues in more depth, edie.net and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine, with sponsor FCC Environment, carried out extensive market research among both waste producers (businesses) and waste-management companies to track how attitudes towards waste and smarter resource management were impacting at different points across the value chain.”

Read the full report here and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Celebrities and Fashion Designers Pushing the Eco-friendly Fashion Agenda #Ethicalfashion #Ecofashion

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2013 is off to a good start as some big names are addressing the climate revolution movement.

OB-UP235_Westwo_DV_20120916155512For example, designer Vivienne Westwood used her runway in Milan to promote a positive eco-friendly fashion message. Her models had puffed lips and painted black eyes, as though they had been physically fighting the battle. As the collection went on, slogans calling for an end to the climate crisis were printed on white T-shirts. “Climate revolution is the only means toward a sound economy. When the general public massively switches on to this fact we will win,” she said in her fashion notes, which accompanied her winter 2014 menswear collection previewed Sunday.

An exclusive piece to her new collection is a special edition bag that was produced in Kenya through the United Nations International Trade Center Ethical Fashion Program. (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/viewart/20130114/LIVING/130114022/Westwood-pushes-climate-agenda-through-fashion-)

In other news, Bradley Cooper wore a tuxedo made of recycled materials to the 2013 Golden Global Awards. The Tom Ford tuxedo was made of ethical wool and was part of a Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), which asked top designers to create environmentally-friendly red-carpet looks. See pictures here (http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2013/01/16/bradley_cooper_wore_an_ecofriendly_tux)

What a great way to incorporate ethical fashion into classic design!

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