October 14 2019
As Environmenstrual Week kicks off for 2019, Kate Chambers explores the issues around #plasticfreeperiods from consumer choice to flushing behaviours, marine litter and the rise of reusables.

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The hidden environmental cost of artificial sports pitches

Katie Powell, Junior Consultant at Resource Futures

7 October 2019
The arrival of the artificial grass pitch was a major leap forward for sports enthusiasts active in colder, wetter climes, used to scrabbling around on muddy pitches. Fast forward forty or so years and we now have third generation artificial turf pitches that have overcome the ‘performance problems’ associated with early solutions. But at what cost?

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Is ‘materiality assessment for plastics’ the answer?

George Cole, Senior Consultant at Resource Futures

26 September 2019
Pressure is mounting for organisations to announce how they will respond to the ‘plastics’ issue. Many of our clients are looking to reduce their plastics consumption and find new solutions that benefit the environment. But where should they start? Senior Consultant, George Cole, explores the materiality assessment as a potential approach.

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Our fashion habit is out of control

Kate Chambers, Consultant at Resource Futures

23 September 2019
The negative impact of fast fashion is an issue that is close to my heart. I worry about it a lot… In fact, I even wrote a poem about it! We have a warped relationship with textiles. In the UK, we consume more new clothing than any other European country, send 11 million garments to landfill every week and many of us feel embarrassed to be seen in the same outfit multiple times!

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It’s time to think global

David Lerpiniere, Head of Waste, Resources and Development

17 September 2019
David Lerpiniere, Head of Waste, Resources and Development at Resource Futures, says it’s no surprise there are growing numbers of sufferers from “environmental despair”. He says it’s time we look beyond UK shores.

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5 handy resources for your #ZeroWaste journey

Sarah Hargreaves, Senior Consultant at Resource Futures

4 September 2019
As a specialist consultant in resources and waste, we are called upon to help with everything from minimising construction waste to reducing plastic packaging footprints. We’re also a committed team (some may say geeks!) who take waste pretty seriously and do our utmost to #reduce #reuse #recycle wherever we can. Here are a few ideas and resources to help you on your way this #ZeroWasteWeek.

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11 June 2019
As the dust settles on the Government’s announcement to ban plastic drinking straws, cotton buds and drink stirrers and moves on to consider further market restrictions for plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene containers, Principal Consultant, Bernie Thomas considers the journey that has led us here.

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A lesson in reducing waste from India

Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy

5 June 2019
As I emerged from my taxi into the bustling city of Hyderabad, I felt an immediate assault to the senses… As time progressed, I was forced to reflect on how the UK ‘does waste’ compared to India. While we obsess with technical solutions (waste to energy, recycling innovation), India excels at a behavioural and cultural level.

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Going for Gold: tackling food waste in Bristol gets our support

Sarah Hargreaves, Communications Consultant

15 May 2019
At a time when non-biodegradable waste such as plastic is making headlines on a daily basis, the immense volume of food waste is often overlooked. In Bristol we’re active at a local level, chairing the Bristol Food Waste Action Group as part of the city’s bid to increase its accreditation as a Sustainable Food City.

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Eliminating plastic: Retailers, it’s time to be brave

Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures

9 May 2019
Emma Burlow, Head of Circular Economy at Resource Futures, accepts that there is (or was) a default consumer position towards convenience, but if you ask today’s consumer what they want, they appear to be saying, at great volume, “less plastic” and are challenging retailers more than ever on over-packaging.

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Unintended Consequences

Bernie Thomas, Principal Consultant

20 March 2019
Bernie Thomas, principal consultant at Resource Futures, says “solutions aren’t perfect” when it comes to packaging recycling. He says in a knee-jerk quest to solve one problem, we risk developing practices which themselves have unintended consequences…

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5 March 2019
Kate Chambers, Consultant at Resource Futures, shares her thoughts on why she feels proud of Scotland, and why the country is uniquely placed to challenge the issues of marine litter and climate change. Last week, attending Marine Scotland’s first International Marine Conference in Glasgow, there was a lot to feel proud of.

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Reduce, reuse… and repeat!

Archana Pisharody, Consultant

19 January 2019
Archana Pisharody, Consultant at Resource Futures shares her thoughts on a recent business breakfast in Bristol hosted by the Future Economy Network, where presentations provided a positive outlook on the way forward to many of the unresolved challenges in the waste industry.

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Mend it

Phillip Ward, Chair, Resource Futures

16 January 2019
Phillip Ward considers how a circular economy needs goods which are designed to last longer and are capable of being fixed – and probably upgraded – when they go wrong or improvements become available. But as with recycling, it’s not enough to wish for the outcome without addressing the systems needed to make it achievable in practice – and those systems need to address the whole repair environment, including its economics, if they are going to work.

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19 December 2018
Before parting with our hard-earned money, many of us think hard about the quality and price of the product or service we want to buy. But increasingly, we want to know who made it and where? What’s the supply chain story? What resources and materials were used? We want a guarantee that our purchase is not having a negative social and environmental impact. Kate Chambers, Consultant at Resource Futures, explains that this is where the B Corp movement, which recognises there is a better way to do business, comes in.

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“Innovate or die”

Allan Sandilands, Principal Consultant

17 December 2018
Allan Sandilands, Principal Consultant at Resource Futures, shares his thoughts on how a growing network of Innovation Champions are helping the Construction industry in Scotland to reduce its environmental impact by tackling some of the challenges they face, head on.

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No room at the bin

Kirstie Clarke, Real Nappy Outreach Worker

14 December 2018
With Christmas fast approaching, and residual waste collections rearranged over the festive season, many parents are facing the challenge of how to deal with the waste produced by their children’s ‘disposable’ nappies. Kirstie Clarke, Real Nappy Outreach Worker in Gloucestershire, considers what options there are when there is no room at the bin.

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Highlights from Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland

Hanna Plant, Senior Consultant and Kate Chambers, Consultant

15 November 2018
The Circular Economy Hotspot 2018 may have opened on a ‘dreich’ (Scots word for grey and wet weather!) Halloween morning in Glasgow, but the weather didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. From a line-up of diverse and excellent speakers, we’ve selected a few highlights under the themes of leadership, collaboration and systems for people and planet.

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David Lerpiniere joins Dr. Veronica Di Bella from CDC Group to talk about plastics

David Lerpiniere, Head of Waste, Resources and Development

25 October 2018
Our Head of Waste, Resources and Development,David Lerpiniere,  joins Dr. Veronica Di Bella from CDC Group’s Environmental and Social Responsibility team to explore current challenges, opportunities and best practice on plastic waste management from a private sector perspective. 

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The secret to behaviour change

Sarah Hargreaves, Communications Consultant

18 October 2018
Sarah Hargreaves, Communications Consultant at Resource Futures, says changes to services are often greeted with firm public resistance particularly where there is a lack of effective engagement to support and explain the changes. Here, she asks what’s the best way to encourage behaviour change across diverse communities?

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World Bank’s ‘What a Waste 2.0’ – what does it reveal?

David Lerpiniere, Head of Waste, Resources and Development

21 September 2018
In a sector where it is often said that there is ‘bad data and worse data’, the release of the World Bank’s data digest on global waste management – What A Waste 2.0 – is a much-needed resource to help us understand what is happening around the world. David Lerpiniere reflects on this new report and its potential impact in the global waste sector.

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The evidence to make informed choices

Agnieszka Chruszcz, Senior Consultant

7 August 2018
I’d like to think that my job is a bit like the job of a detective or CSI – collecting data (evidence) on resource efficiency. Robust evidence will help to build a case. In the current cash-strapped world, it’s all about building a good business case to justify making changes or investments. But how do you construct your investigation so that you get the information you need while not blowing the budget? And is the upfront investment even worth it?

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A recycled world is possible

David Lerpiniere, Principal Consultant

19 July 2018
Imagine a world where the only resources we have to make new stuff are recycled materials. All the DVD players, toys, domestic appliances, cars and construction products would have to be made of so-called ‘secondary materials’, materials that have had a former life, as opposed to primary materials that come directly from mineral resource or fossil fuels. What effect would this have? David Lerpiniere, Principal Consultant at Resource Futures shared his thoughts with Greenhouse PR.

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The lifetime of plastic

David Lerpiniere, Principal Consultant

19 July 2018
The plastic waste challenge is complex. There are thousands of plastic polymers, numerous additives and almost limitless applications and formats. And the list of potential solutions is almost endless, running from outright bans – through scaling up recycling or replacing everything with bioplastics – to harvesting the troublesome material from the oceans. Confused? Me too.

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Recycling is easy – unless you live in a flat

Agnieszka Chruszcz, Senior Consultant

19 April 2018
In the last few weeks it’s been great seeing more discussion on recycling in flats. Throughout my time in the waste management industry flats have been overlooked, as the primary focus has been on providing services to kerbside properties and increasing recycling from these types of households.

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22 February 2018
My five-year-old asked me what I did for a job: “Mummy writes in a newspaper. Do you write about rubbish?” It takes the elevator pitch to a whole new level. Kids have an amazing ability to question objectively in trying to understand what is going on. Our sector is complicated, fact. We work with customers to enable positive management of materials resources. And one of our most complicated topics is plastics.

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Plastics – council challenges

David Lerpiniere, Principal Consultant

1 February 2018
The consumer society thrives on a huge range of cheap, versatile plastic products, many designed for single use and spanning a range of polymer types. But such a variety makes plastic recycling hugely confusing for householders. The nuances of which plastics can or cannot be recycled is a tricky message to communicate to the public, and is further confused by regional collection variations and the influx of ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ plastics.

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Hey! Who you calling a consumer?

Emma Burlow, Head of Resource Efficiency

13 December 2017
I’ve always loved working with retailers. The scale, pace and unshakeable commercial reality make this a real challenge for a practitioner like me. If I can change behaviours or material impacts here, I’ll retire happy!

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Business as a “force for good”

Jane Stephenson, Business Development Director

7 November 2017
Jane Stephenson, Business Development Director at Resource Futures, explains why the company decided to join the B Corp movement and how others in the waste and resources industry could benefit too.

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Marine litter – the plastics paradox?

David Lerpiniere, Principal Consultant

10 August 2017
Polyethylene terephthalate, or ‘PET’, is a recycling success story. It’s one of the most widely recycled plastics. It is easy to identify and therefore separate from post-consumer waste streams. 99% of UK local authorities now collect plastic bottles as part of their recycling collections, up from 80% in 2008. And it is a good example of closed-loop recycling, with an estimated third of plastic bottles collected in the UK recycled into new bottles[ii].

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