Insights

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

7 October 2017

We were involved in producing this report from the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Marine Litter Taskforce on how the global waste and resource management sector can better tackle marine litter.

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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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8 June 2017

If I had a pound for every circular economy vision piece and strategy report that I’ve read in the past five years, then……well, I’d be a rich man. Perhaps it is me or does it sometimes feel like the subject itself is circular? Recirculation of the same mantra, the definitions, the diagrams and case examples within blue-chip companies and the captains of industry. Does the circular economy warrant all this attention? Just why is it so highly prized? Well, where to start…

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6 April 2017

When I started work on the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme, or ETBPP in 1997, the clumsiness of the title said it all. The focus was heavily on compliance (at that time with the newly launched Packaging Regulations) and waste minimisation. There was little scope for supporting innovation. Eco-design was the vanguard of the brave and whilst these products hinted at an alternative future, they were exactly that, alternative and marginal.

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7 March 2017

Will French, Principal Consultant at Resource Futures, says at a time of local authority budget constraints, work has become increasingly focused on waste collection efficiency.

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26 January 2017

Bethan Jones, Head of Engagement and Communications at Resource Futures, says that if we want to evolve towards a circular economy, then we are all going to need to change our habits.

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15 May 2015

As part of Bristol European Green Capital 2015, Resource Futures along with Kambe Events and Bristol City Council developed a city-wide sustainable event strategy to support organisers in managing their festivals and events with reduced environmental impact. This included three Green Event Guides: for indoor, outdoor and small events.

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