As many offices remain closed and remote working becomes the new normal, how will sustainability monitoring adapt and expand beyond ‘the office’?

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My last trip into the office was a week after the UK’s national lockdown in March 2020. At that point, the world was entering a pandemic and I needed 10 minutes to collect some items to help smooth my transition to working remotely. Little did I know that 7 months later I would still be working from home without a return date.

Working from home has had its ups and downs, and although I do miss being able to socialise in person with coworkers, I also can’t deny the advantages of saving time and money. While individuals may have gained…

More honey bees are not the answer.

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The bees don’t need saving — or at least not the ones you’re thinking of, and it’s not for the reasons you think.

“Save the bees!” has been a call to action that many of us have heard for years. From the rise in urban beekeeping, to Cheerios’ #BringBacktheBees campaign, there has been an increase in public awareness around the declining bee populations. With the global bee population having dropped 25% since the 1990s there is cause for concern.

Bees are a vital part of our food ecosystem and saving them from the effects that climate change, pesticides and loss…

How do appointments like this reflect the values of sustainable businesses?

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“We need to take back the environmental agenda from the climate extremists” Nigel Farage tweeted as a part of the announcement that he would be joining the advisory board for Dutch Green Business (DGB).

As the first member of the advisory board Farage’s role is to facilitate introductions to politicians and business leaders, as well as help to bring DGB’s carbon offsetting schemes to the attention of a wider audience. DGB’s Chief Executive, Selwyn Duijvestijn explained that “We [DBG] have not engaged Nigel for his political contacts. …

Activist group, Choked Up, is raising awareness and demanding change.

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For the past year or so, a daily walk has been the only respite that many of us in the UK have had from the confines of pandemic lockdown. It has provided exercise, new-ish scenery and a government sanctioned reason to leave the house. But the added benefit of getting some “fresh air” is not extended to everyone.

What would you do if there were signs in your neighbourhood warning that your next breathe could be your last? Many have heard about the health issues that air pollution can cause, but they are often spoken about as a vague and…

A new study reveals the global extinction risk of most coral is lower than previously estimated.

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We have probably all heard at some point that coral reefs are facing extinction. Considering all of the challenges that they endure, including coral bleaching, ocean acidification, damage caused by the tourism industry, and pollution, this does not seem surprising. But what if they’re not actually on the verge of being wiped from our planet?

A new study, published March 2021 in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, has found that the risk of extinction of individual coral species is lower than current international assessments. …

The detrimental impact of noise pollution on our oceans.

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Of all the pollutions that we humans contribute to our planet, noise pollution is one that is talked about the least. From construction and manufacturing to travel and everything in between, people make a lot of noise without much thought of how it impacts our non-human neighbours, particularly the ones under the sea.

In nature, sound is an important tool for communication, animal behaviour, and social interactions, and disrupting this can and does have a catastrophic impact on wildlife, particularly marine life.

Ocean noise pollution

Human activity in the ocean is loud and impacts…

Not all ‘green’ initiatives are made equal

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What’s the deal with everyone seeming to care about the environment all of a sudden? Energy companies are talking about ‘clean’ energy, clothing brands are producing ‘eco’ lines, and every other ad talks about making deliveries with electric vans or how products are made of recycled plastic bottles.

Is this what we’ve all been wanting? Companies finally taking ownership in the massive part that they play in polluting our planet, and changing their processes to do something about it.

Well, yes. But that’s not what’s going on.

It’s great that companies are realising that their environmental impact is important (to…

This is a public health issue.

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In my days of commuting it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to blow my nose and see black dust left behind. After the first couple of times, I have to admit that I was no longer phased. Living in London, my daily routine included walking by busy roads and taking the underground several times a day — air pollution was an unavoidable part of my life.

Like many people, I understand that air pollution is ‘bad for us’, but the extent of its toxicity is often understated. …


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Wrapping presents can be a creative outlet for some and a last minute chore for others. A well wrapped gift can take time, effort and a good grasp of colour coordination — but it’s not always eco-friendly.

Wrapping paper — despite the name — is not always made out of just paper and as such it is not always easy to recycle. Here are some things to look out for to know which bin to your gift wrap should go in.

Boring might be best

Paper with more decorative and flamboyant features, such as glitter, foiling and embellishments are less likely to be recyclable…

Here’s what you should think about before filling out the returns form

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We are in the midst of the giving season, and thanks to lockdown regulations and laziness, many people are turning to online shopping to get their gifts. The choice, convenience and speed that shopping online offers has made it a tough competitor to brick and mortar shops.

Many of the larger companies are offering free returns, which is likely incentivising people to buy items that they don’t need with the security that they can return them at a later date if things don’t work out. One survey found that 51% of shoppers consciously overbuy with the plan to return the…

Shola Powell

Thinking about how ‘sustainability’ intersects with various aspects of life

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