Category: Sustainability

SWEEEP Kuusakoski – What Happens to our Recycled Electronics?


We are getting used to the idea of recycling our newspapers, aluminium cans and plastic bottles now in the UK. In 2011/12, we recycled 43% of our household waste. Although this is more than ever before, the rate is levelling off. Perhaps we’ve done the easy bit and now we need to start recycling more of

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Global Sustainability Jam 2012 – London


Across Asia, Europe, Australasia, North and South America and the Middle East this weekend, ‘Jammers’ teamed up for the 2012 Sustainability Jam. At the London Jam, I was invited to be one of the mentors guiding the 80 or so paying participants, grouped into teams, towards ideas to help create a

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Designersblock 2012 Highlights

GLO recycled milk bottle top LED light

There were a few products and materials that stuck in my mind after a quick jaunt around this year’s Designersblock:

Kate Sibley‘s paper jewellery was inspiring, both in terms of embracing fickle fashion in a sustainable way and the choice of material.

Recycled gold findings (hooks) can be swapped between

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Recycling CD’s and Jewel Cases…

Compact discs for recycling

What can you do with stacks of unwanted burned CD’s, DVD’s and the inevitable pile of jewel cases that go with them?

2017 UPDATE: We are informed that unfortunately London Recycling no longer caters for CD /DVD recycling and also that Polymer Recycling Ltd. no longer exists. Green Ant Plastic Recycling offers a granulating service

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IN site: The Impossible Hamster

The Impossible Hamster

I recently attended a talk at Bristol’s Big Green Week entitled Growth on a Finite Planet. One of the speakers, Andrew Simms, showed an amusing, short animation perfectly demonstrating the topic. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing The Impossible Hamster.
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Bristol and Newcastle: Britain’s Green and Pleasant Cities


I recently posted about eco-cities Masdar in Abu Dhabi and DongTan in Shanghai. But what about Britain? Does Britain have any sustainable cities already? It’s all very well creating eco-cities from scratch, but more than half the people in the world now live in cities and these cities weren’t designed from

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Positive Thinking…


I recently attended a talk at Clerkenwell Design Week entitled “How can designers truly be sustainable?“, in which Ross Lovegrove and Morten Villiers Warren from Native Design gave some of their views on the subject.

Unfortunately, the discussion session had a decidedly negative conclusion which

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Clerkenwell Design Week, 22-24 May 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell is one of London and the UK’s creative hotspots and next week it will be hosting its annual festival to celebrate and explore design’s ‘creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements’.

Clerkenwell Design Week‘s packed 3-day programme of workshops, presentations, debates and exhibitions

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IN site: SourceMap

Sourcemap - where things come from

Find out where things come from with Sourcemap, a crowdsourced directory of product supply chains and carbon footprints.

I am fascinated by the story behind the products we use and Sourcemap provides a platform to bring some of that information to life in an accessible,

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Planes, Trains or Automobiles? – Carbon Emissions Compared for Different Forms of Transport

Carbon Emissions Thumbnail

Which forms of transport have the least carbon emissions? I previously wrote about the carbon emissions of travelling from Buenos Aires to London via cargo ship vs. by flying. One of our readers suggested comparing other forms of transport so, hey presto – here’s a chart. And

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