Tag Archives: recycling

Operations Insight: ASDA – designing sustainability into their new product development process

This detailed case study can be found on the WRAP website.  WRAP is a charity set up in 2000 to encourage and support the sustainable use of resources.  It works in a range of areas – food, hospitality, electrical, textiles, agriculture, … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 12 New products and services, Sector: Retail | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Operations Insight: Whitbread Sustainability Report 2016/17

Whitbread PLC operates the Premier Inn hotel chain, Costa Coffee outlets, and a number of restaurant brands on nearly 5,000 sites across the U.K, employing around 50,000 people.  It is also expanding into international markets.  The company has recently released … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 17 Internationalisation and CSR, Sector: Hospitality & Tourism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Gumdrop – making plastic and rubber compounds out of chewing gum

This is gob-smacking in more ways than one!  First, it seems that used chewing gum can be transformed into rubber and plastic compounds.  Second, it seems there is enough of the stuff to make it economically worthwhile to do this. … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 12 New products and services, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The internet of things applied to recycling

“Waste management companies are becoming technology companies”.   This link takes you a waste management company’s website where this is discussed.  There is also a video showing how Cisco are applying smart technology to this industry sector.

Posted in Chap 10 Processes and technology, Sector: Energy & Utilities | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The attack of the coffee pods

I’m not a great coffee drinker, but we do have a Nespresso machine at home.  It provides two things – a tasty cup of coffee for me and variety for our visitors, so they can have a cup of coffee that is to … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 17 Internationalisation and CSR, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ford’s new pickup truck will be made from scrap metal (sort of)

Ford will be using what is known as a “closed loop manufacturing system” to manufacture their new F-150 pickup truck in the USA.   When the metal is stamped out to make the body panels of a vehicle, as much … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 10 Processes and technology, Chap 17 Internationalisation and CSR, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Turning aeroplanes into footballs and shoes, as well as supporting international development

Excellent story about Southwest Airlines efforts to to recycle materials from their aircraft’s cabin interiors following a refit.  Amongst the materials available for recycling were 80,000 leather seat covers.  These have been used in Kenya to make footballs and shoes, in … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 17 Internationalisation and CSR, Sector: Hospitality & Tourism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Shoe recycling

20 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually, and up to now 95% of these end up in landfill.  However research at Loughborough University’s Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) has lead to the development of a recycling process for … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 03 Processes and life cycles, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged | Leave a comment

The story of PET

This video follows the journey of a PET bottle from the time it is received at the recycling plant, where the bottles are then colour sorted, washed, granulated, re-washed, extruded and cut into recycled PET (rPET) pellets. rPET pellets are then … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 03 Processes and life cycles, Chap 10 Processes and technology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Snooze Box – pop-up hotels

Snooze Box is a temporary hotel concept based around converted shipping containers.   It is reckoned that a 400 room ‘hotel’ can be assembled within 48 hours.   The rooms include two double beds, a wet room, and a living area.  They … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 04 Location and design, Sector: Hospitality & Tourism | Tagged , , | Leave a comment