Insights

Explore with our expert team the latest thinking on sustainability issues that matter to business, governments and communities.

3 May 2024

While a growing number of outdoor companies are addressing the environmental impacts of their clothing and accessory lines, there remains a significant blind spot: circularity in the sports and outdoor equipment sector.

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27 April 2023

Caroline Beardkins, HR Manager at Resource Futures, explains how we are uniquely positioned to ‘go beyond’ for our people, to help them grow and thrive.

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26 April 2023

Gloucestershire Real Nappy Project advisors, Kirstie Clarke and Lucy Hague, share different strategies for buying and using cloth nappies, as well as tips for optimal drying.

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19 April 2023

A blueprint for anyone with an interest in developing repair and reuse initiatives, and in finding routes to engaging new audiences.

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25 January 2022

Rather like our response to the global pandemic which has delayed it, I do have hope that COP26 could be the catalyst for significant change.

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9 December 2021

A three-step approach to help for governments and industry tackle marine litter from fishing and aquaculture.

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25 November 2021

Rather like our response to the global pandemic which has delayed it, I do have hope that COP26 could be the catalyst for significant change.

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1 November 2021

Rather like our response to the global pandemic which has delayed it, I do have hope that COP26 could be the catalyst for significant change.

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12 October 2021

In combining expertise from the upstream and downstream of the fashion and textiles industry, Carla Worth, Consultant at Resource Futures, and Alan Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer at the Textile Recycling Association (TRA), explore the impact of sustainability becoming mainstream and highlight why stakeholders must prioritise collaborative and cross-sectoral working to achieve a global sustainable fashion industry.

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31 August 2021

During the most challenging year, in the grip of the global pandemic, CAG Devon groups have risen to the challenge and blown previous yearly achievements out of the water

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29 July 2021

In a blog for Plastic Free July, our Senior Consultant Hanna Plant asks if trust-based reusable schemes are the answer to reducing our plastic footprint and the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our environment and oceans.

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13 July 2021

In June 2021, Resource Futures happily announced that Bristol had been awarded the status of Gold Sustainable Food City by the UK partnership programme, Sustainable Food Places. On the back of this excellent news, Hanna reflects on our other work around food waste, why it’s important, and what we still hope to achieve from our work in this area.

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2 June 2021

With the three Defra consultations on extended producer responsibility (EPR), deposit return scheme (DRS) and collections consistency now released, local authorities have increasing clarity on the likely impacts of the Environment Bill on their future waste and recycling services. There’s never been a better time to review your Council’s waste strategy, but where do you start?

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6 May 2021

Following the May 2021 UK local elections, is the green light for the collections consistency consultation imminent? Our Senior Consultant Abigail Mason sums up some of the key questions local authorities are hoping to have answered in the consultation.

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31 March 2021

This guide will walk you through five steps to help you embrace the circular economy in your business by enabling a circular business model.

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25 March 2021

Despite the challenges of 2020, the Community RePaint Network adapted to new ways of working in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and even welcomed four new schemes. Find out how schemes were able to continue operating and distributing reusable paint to their communities.

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23 March 2021

With fieldwork put on hold in 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown, our evidence team lead and appointed Health and Safety Advisor, Peter Wills, applied his skills and knowledge to help staff work safely from home and to get client projects safely up and running.

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12 March 2021

With the second DRS consultation imminent, our Principal Consultant Will French revisits the first round: how it was received by local authorities, key developments since then, and what we can expect next.

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4 March 2021

To celebrate B Corp Month, Resource Futures Consultant Katie Powell shares her experience of working for a business that prioritises people and planet.

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23 December 2020

In a challenging year for so many, the environment and sustainability may not be at the heart of our choices, but it is possible. Our Junior Consultant Olivia Sweeney shares her tips for a sustainable Christmas and a green New Year.

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2 December 2020

Listening to Kate Raworth use familiar language to explain the concept of Doughnut Economics, Resource Futures Senior Consultant, Kate Chambers realised the importance of words in opening the circular economy conversation to novices and experts alike.

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18 November 2020

The new ban on some single use items on 1 October 2020, following Scotland’s ban in 2019, signifies the growing commitment across the UK to address single use plastics. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, we are faced with a fresh onslaught of single use plastics being used to tackle the spread of the virus. Senior Consultant Hanna Plant looks at where that leaves reusables, and what the future may hold.

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13 November 2020

The most common thing I’m asked for when presenting is examples of successful circular economy models to help prove the business case. This request suggests people remain to be convinced. Similarly, its regularly suggested that circularity in business is a ‘leap of faith’ or ‘high risk’ and that consumer demand is not yet there to …

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2 October 2020

Pete Wills, Senior Consultant at Resource Futures, has been looking at the emerging opportunities made available by new technology to help identify post-production and post-consumer plastics in the field, and in particular plastic film. He considers the challenges for the waste sector and how this advanced technology will improve the identification of plastic types and thus aid their sorting, disposal and routes to recycling.

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30 September 2020

David Lerpiniere, Head of Global Resources and Waste Policy at Resource Futures, says we must redouble efforts to create a global circular economy, not only for the health of our global citizens, but of our planet and our future.

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24 August 2020

Consultant Katie Powell’s new found love of sewing during lockdown has taken her on a sustainability journey looking at how we can minimise the environmental impact of the clothes we buy.

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5 August 2020

Jenny Robinson, Senior Consultant at Resource Futures, has been talking to her many contacts within local authorities about how they have been responding to new ways of working in response to Covid-19 safety measures – both for their staff and the public – at HWRCs. What can local authorities learn from each other and which of these new ways of working will become the norm in future?

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22 June 2020

Fiona Jarvis considers how new patterns in food waste behaviour are beginning to emerge under lockdown, suggesting the way in which we value food has changed. Can the current Covid-19 crisis help to ignite a long-awaited food waste revolution?

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16 June 2020

Resource Futures produced two guides for Zero Waste Scotland and their Resource Efficient Scotland Programme. They were designed to improve waste prevention on construction projects in Scotland, focusing on maximising re-use and promoting best practice.

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10 June 2020

Consultant Abby Mason considers how the impact of Covid-19 could shape recycling in the UK and what it will mean for materials markets in the future.

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