This coming week sees the very first Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival, from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th September. It's set to be a week jammed full of workshops, speakers, treatments and activities, enabling you to explore every area of health and wellness on your doorstep. But what exactly is "wellbeing" and "wellness"? According to the good … Continue reading What does ‘Wellbeing’ mean to you?
Almost two years ago now, when the anti-plastic revolution hit its peak outcry I started working for a sustainability consultancy in Oxford. This was just after the release of Blue Planet's final episode which shocked and haunted viewers by depicting albatross feeding their chicks plastic and dolphins at risk of exposing their new-born calves to … Continue reading Bioplastics – Eco-friendly and Sustainable, right? Wrong…
I was kindly approached by CIEEM a few months ago to write for their brand new blog that launched today. To help link with their Irish Conference, I decided to write about water. It has always baffled me the little respect we have for water as a country (the United Kingdom). We use it as … Continue reading We need to change our attitudes towards water
There's something about a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that got me thinking. Thinking big. Their research suggests that cooking skills developed as a young adult are likely to have long-term benefits for their future health, nutrition and wellbeing. But what if it isn't just their own health that learning how … Continue reading Could food education save the world?
The media is bursting with the sudden, violent hype around reducing our reliance on plastics and switching to 'eco-friendly' substitutes. But what exactly are we going to replace it with? And does that simply push our consumption issues elsewhere? More haste, less speed Companies are under huge pressure to reduce their plastic packaging and replace … Continue reading Plastics are bad. But what’s the alternative?
The 'take, make, dispose' way of doing things is coming to an end. With the reuse, remanufacture and recycle of products there exists the huge opportunity for continuous value creation, all stemming from rethinking our traditional economic system, generating what is now referred to as a 'circular economy'. Promoting resource efficiency According to edie's 'Jargon Buster', their … Continue reading What is a ‘circular economy’?
Nature. Not the first thing you are likely to see on the agenda of any normal executive meeting. Yet, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in 2005, coalitions and organisations have been transforming the language of nature into something CEO's and Board Directors understand - Economics. This has allowed 'value' to be explained … Continue reading Putting Nature on the Boardroom Table
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
Like many of us, I want to lead a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle. But this aspiration is often out of reach with a perceptively high price tag hindered by a limited salary and the high cost of living. But, with much research and a nagging in my gut, I have finally taken key steps … Continue reading Sustainable fashion choices – hunting for ‘green’ labels
The recent article released by the Guardian today [21 October 2017] shares the shocking truth that our insect ecosystems are collapsing due to human pressures. This could be a catastrophe. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth The shocking article titled 'A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe' … Continue reading Insect abundance drops 75% over 27 years