Hipli: Reusable packaging making e-commerce more responsible and circular

French startup Hipli is helping to reduce single-use packaging waste in the e-commerce industry with its reusable pouch that can be reused up to 100 times. The idea behind the reusable packaging is that e-merchants buy Hipli packages to send their products to their customers. The consumer unpacks the box and, instead of throwing it away, fol ds it up and slips it into the … Continue reading Hipli: Reusable packaging making e-commerce more responsible and circular

Selfridges launches pop-up wedding store specialising in secondhand wedding outfits

Selfridges has launched a new pop-up wedding shop, specialising in secondhand wedding wear for brides, grooms and guests. The pop-up, called Resellfridges: The Wedding, which opened at the retailer’s flagship store on Oxford Street yesterday [2 August 2021] will last for five weeks. Part of the store’s Project Earth sustainability commitments, Resellfridges: The Wedding caters to brides, grooms and wedding guests looking for one-of-a-kind pre-loved and … Continue reading Selfridges launches pop-up wedding store specialising in secondhand wedding outfits

Aceleron: Giving renewables a boost with sustainable battery packs designed to be repaired

Clean technology company Aceleron has developed lithium-ion batteries that are designed to be repaired and that eliminate the waste problem. Through a compression-based approach to assembling lithium-ion batteries, Aceleron have designed sustainable battery packs using fasteners to connect the parts and complete the circuit. This makes the batteries easy to disassemble and to replace parts when needed. The design also has the additional benefit of making … Continue reading Aceleron: Giving renewables a boost with sustainable battery packs designed to be repaired

Low-alcohol beer made from dairy waste developed by scientists

A beer made from dairy waste could become a new alcoholic beverage on the craft beer front after scientists discovered a liquid byproduct from the production of Greek yogurt that creates a mild fermentation. A team of scientists at Cornell University, led by professor Sam Alcaine, have found a way to turn dairy waste in to a type of beer using acid whey, a leftover … Continue reading Low-alcohol beer made from dairy waste developed by scientists

Banyan Nation: Startup transforming plastic recycling and boosting circular economy in India

Hyderabad-based startup Banyan Nation is transforming plastic recycling in India – cleaning and recycling 1,200 tonnes of plastic annually before sending it back to the manufacturing sector for reuse. Banyan Nation helps clean and re-engineer plastic waste and render it as close to virgin plastic as possible. The near-virgin grade recycled plastic that Banyan Nation creates from post-consumer and post-industrial waste streams is known as … Continue reading Banyan Nation: Startup transforming plastic recycling and boosting circular economy in India

Female-led green businesses in the UK receive government funding to “build back better” and accelerate climate solutions

Female entrepreneurs leading green businesses in the UK are some of a number of female leaders receiving government backing to drive forward their innovations and business ideas, as the UK builds back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and progresses its climate change ambitions. UK Government Science Minister Amanda Solloway announced that 40 of the country’s female innovators will be awarded a cash injection of £50,000 each, as well as … Continue reading Female-led green businesses in the UK receive government funding to “build back better” and accelerate climate solutions

Les Alchimistes helping to green French cities with its composting solutions

Les Alchimistes, a Paris-based social enterprise, is helping to green cities across France by collecting and composting urban food waste and recreating fertile soils for local use. The social enterprise organises the collection of food waste – from restaurants, supermarkets, companies, schools, canteens, and hospitals as well as company groups and private individuals – and transforms it locally into compost. Les Alchimistes identified that good soil … Continue reading Les Alchimistes helping to green French cities with its composting solutions

Waste turned into fashion textiles can create new supply chains in the UK, supporting the brand “designed and made in the UK”

A consortium led by the Royal College of Art (RCA) is working on a £5.4m project that includes transforming household waste, crops and old fabrics into new textiles. The aim is to reduce the amount of fabric sent to incinerators and landfill per year in the UK, as well as the amount that is imported. In a bid to make the textile industry more sustainable, researchers … Continue reading Waste turned into fashion textiles can create new supply chains in the UK, supporting the brand “designed and made in the UK”

France to introduce repairability rating index on electrical and electronic goods

France is set to introduce a repairability rating index for electrical and electronic equipment in an attempt to stop throwaway culture and to make consumers aware of the environmental impact of products they buy. Under the French Government’s plans, products such as smartphones and electronic and household appliances will have a new sticker on their packaging, indicating how long their estimated “life” will be. The new stickers, which will … Continue reading France to introduce repairability rating index on electrical and electronic goods

Concrete manufacturers develop eco-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood

French concrete manufacturers Alkern has turned its hands to an environmentally-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood. Known as Naturbloc Bois, the wood blocks, which function like concrete blocks and are fully weight-bearing, are made of wood aggregates produced from old pallets. Anticipating regulatory changes and wanting to reduce its environmental impact, the company began on an R&D approach with the aim of … Continue reading Concrete manufacturers develop eco-friendly alternative to concrete blocks made from recycled wood