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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

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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Fruit and veg not loose. But maybe there’s a screw loose?

Good article in The Grocer about Asda’s decision to trial selling only pre-packaged fruit and vegetables.  This has apparently caused “outrage” and “uproar”, even hitting the headlines.  Some customers in the store where it is being trialled have ripped open … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Corporate citizenship at MMC

Marsh & McLennan is a global professional services company employing 60,000 people.  It was created by merging four companies each specialising in different aspects of consulting, insurance and risk management.   Of particular interest here is its approach to corporate … Continue reading

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Snact – making snacks out of ‘waste’

Snact is another example of a new company being formed to address ethical and/or environmental concerns.  They make fruit snacks from ugly and unwanted fruit that would otherwise be thrown away by British farmers, because they do not meet the … Continue reading

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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

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Air-Ink – creating ink out of air pollution

Who would have thought it!  Gravicky Labs have found a way of using the soot found in air pollution – mainly from motor vehicles – and turning it into an ink used in marker pens.  Best to let them explain … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2017 proclamations and melting ice

Lots of links on my Twitter feed to organisations proclaiming what they are doing with regards sustainability because 22 April is Earth Day.  I will share some of these with you.  But as this is an issue that should be … Continue reading

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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

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2020 – societal drivers of change

Demographic and economic drivers of changes are accompanied by changes in people’s expectations and how they live their lives (explained here on DUP’s interactive website).  Deloitte identify seven such drivers. No more privacy – consumers will become much more open … Continue reading

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