Tag Archives: sustainability

Sustainable fly farming

The Irish firm Hexafly was established in 2016. It operates sustainable insect farms that convert black soldier flies into high-value feeds, fertilizers and bioplastics. Hexafly supplies these insect-derived products to a range of companies in the aqua and animal feed, … Continue reading

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How industrial strategy can drive innovation

We recently blogged about how external factors can drive innovation.  Here is another example.  “Prime Minister Theresa May, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced a new £30 million partnership to promote new technology and innovation” … Continue reading

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Potato peelings as part of the circular economy

OK.  I know what you are thinking – this circular economy stuff is getting ridiculous…  But it’s not.  You would think that MDF board (or chip board) is biodegradable, especially since 80% of it is wood.  But it’s not.  This … Continue reading

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Imagine – bikes as part of the circular economy

I recently blogged about fast fashion and the circular economy.  Well this concept is surfacing in all kinds of industry sectors. Islabikes is a Ludlow-based manufacturer of children’s bicycles.  It has initiated what it calls its Imagine Project, as explained … Continue reading

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Can “fast fashion” be part of the circular economy?

This piece from edie.net is interesting for two reasons.  First, it demonstrates how public policy may influence operations.  Second, it highlights how business models may have to change if they are to be part of the circular economy (blogged about … Continue reading

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Product-Service Systems role in the circular economy

There’s a great deal of interest right now in the “circular economy”, as evidenced by yesterday’s blog from Mark Camilleri.  The ‘old’ economic model of ‘take-make-consume- dispose’ is being replaced with the concept of a circular economy, which is more … Continue reading

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Sustainable techno farming

Beladon are building a floating farm in the centre of Rotterdam port, as explained in this BBC report.  The concept is that fresh milk and yogurt will supply the local residents, minimising food miles.  The prototype will start with 40 … Continue reading

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What does an ethical company look like?

The Ethisphere Institute (here) makes the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies Award’ every year.  To gain some insight into ethics, these are the weighted criteria they use for making this award: Leadership and reputation (10%) – legal compliance & ethical track … Continue reading

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The world’s top 30 overrated tourist traps

Who can resist such a headline?  farandwide,com have done a slide show of what they regard are overhyped and overrated tourist attractions.  It seems there are two main reasons why a venue gets on the list – in some cases … Continue reading

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All you need to know about modular construction

This article on the buildings.com website caught my eye for two reasons.  First, we use housebuilding to provide insight into alternative process types in our book (page 66) and second I’ve not blogged about the construction sector for some time. … Continue reading

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