“The first industrial revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The second used electric power to create mass production. The third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now, a fourth industrial revolution is building on the third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. I am convinced that the fourth industrial revolution will be every bit as powerful as the previous three.” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF.
Food is a core of humankind. We gather around food, celebrate and please ourselves with it, but most of all; we survive thanks to what we eat. Nowadays most of us don’t need to hunt or grow our own food anymore. Modern society facilitates everything. The supermarket shelves are filled with food and consumers just need to pass by, grab, open and consume it.
Creative use of resources brings hope for the future of humanity. The WASTE BIN TO LIVING ROOM program is an initiative of two young businesses in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria which helps in providing jobs to young unemployed while cleaning up the city's waste. The founders Mr Itohowo Inyang, a trained art sculptor and Mr. Akanimo Akan, a microbiologist / corporate communicator found a way to combine working in sustainability and creative metal fabrication.
Food waste has been a perpetual problem in the developed world. While many people in other countries have been facing food shortages, people in major cities of developed countries are throwing away vast amounts of food - just sheerly not being able to finish it. Each year, an amount of 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted.
In August last year the Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (TAPA) was passed in Singapore. Since the enactment, it has given the government more strength in fighting against errant firms that operate overseas. Their reckless practices, such as burning plantations, have brought about prolonged haze. This has led to negative consequences for Singaporeans regarding economy and health.
Xinca is no ordinary sneaker, it’s a sport shoe made to last and make a difference. This company started as the dream project of a group of lifetime friends, who were concerned about social and environmental issues in the region, and they were committed to develop a sustainable business – with ecological and ethical practices.
Malnutrition among children affects their physical, cognitive and learning development. In 2010 Colombia had a malnutrition rate of 13.2% according to the National Survey of The Nutritional Situation in Colombia 2010, which means that approximately 570,000 children under 5 suffer from malnutrition.
GrowSocial is an idea that emerged from a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Social entrepreneurship offered by the Copenhagen Business School. One of the participants suggested starting a venture to solve the issue of local food efficiency by bridging: urban farming, sustainable management and societies.
When it comes to moving day, for every student it is a nightmare that never ends. That is the time when you wish you haven’t bought that big sofa or haven’t taken your grandpa’s wooden desk. In case you are wondering if there is an alternative to massive furniture here is the answer: cardboard!
Today’s main market goals can be described by one simple word: growth. Each industry seeks to grow weather in market share, product demand, company’s profit, sales rate and so on. Nowadays a business year, with stable and constant numbers instead of increasing numbers is seen as a failed year.
Most people, but especially sustainability minded people are overly aware of the amount of food wasted everyday across the world. Produced, processed, transported and ready-to-cook vegetables, grains, spices and even meat go to waste. Not only in our kitchens, but also through the stores' backdoor. Instead of being paralyzed with this knowledge an exceptional initiative grew into the leading foundation called Instock, targeting all these facets of food waste and showing us how to make great meals with this food.
Play for Nature is a music project of agaclar.net (trees.net) that aims to attract attention to environmental problems as they believe that too many people are either unaware of this crisis or do not care enough to take action.
A fresh study shows that top ranked brands deliver significantly better marketing KPI outcomes than lower scoring brands.
As the sun sets, Shama Bibi switches on her solar lantern and starts sewing clothes for the upcoming festival of Eid. Not long ago, she used to sit idle as soon as darkness sets in. She and other residents of her village outside Bahawalpur, now also remain busy in their activities after sunset. This might not sound like a big deal to someone living in a developed country. But in the far off villages of Pakistan, however, where people barely have access to electricity, these solar lanterns are truly a blessing.
On Friday last week (25 September 2015), world leaders adopted the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda that contains a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations in New York. This is an outcome of Rio + 20 summit that took place three years ago.
Are you a talented writer? Do you have a passion for sustainability? And are you well informed about sustainability initiatives in your area? Then, you might just be the Reporter we are looking for!
1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity and WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) want to do something about that in a sustainable way. WakaWakas are the most efficient solar powered lamps and chargers in the world. These true lifesavers for anyone in need of electricity are indispensable products both in the developing world and in the West.
The Asociación Orgánica is an association of 8 fincas: farm houses in and around the mountain village of Chocontá. The farmers of the association practice small-scale and organic agriculture at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level in the Andes, about 60 kilometers outside Bogotá.
It’s 11am and I’ve just ordered an ‘African Tea’ in Kigali. However, I’m now realizing that the milky, gingery pot of heaven that the waitress is about to bring out is in fact just a tourist-friendly version of African Tea.
L.O.O.P. stands for Life Out Of Plastic. It was founded by Irene and Nadia in Lima, with the idea of raising awareness around the pollution by any kind of plastic. Through the sales of products made out of recycled materials (mostly rPET fibers, which are used in plastic bottles), L.O.O.P. finances awareness campaigns in Peru.
During our short stay in Milan we visited Venti Sostenibili, an organisation that brings together social enterprises in and around Milan. At The Milano HUB, a shared space for startups and homebase of Venti Sostenibili, we discussed two of their fruitful projects and also what’s needed to move to a circular economy.
Wear a story used old, second hand clothing to create brand new pieces. Lauriane Milis is the founder. She considered upcycling of old clothing the best way to realise her dream of a trendy clothing line, produced in an ethical and efficient way.
In Hamburg we’ve visited the temporary exhibition on ‘Fast Fashion’ at the Museum fűr Kunst und Gewerbe (MK&G) and we spoke with Kirsten Hagemann (Greenpeace) who’s working on the current campaign against Fast Fashion. The visit was very impressive and made us think: why is it so hard to improve the way we produce, buy, use and recycle clothes, shoes and accessories?
Built in World War II, the Energy Bunker is a former anti aircraft structure. During the war, it also offered shelter for thousands of refugees. The bunker was damaged and run down in the aftermath of the war and as a ruin it was not touched for almost sixty years.
First stop of the Nudge Circular Cities Tour 2015 is the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Over the past few years Rotterdam became well-known for its challenging architecture. One of the striking new buildings in Rotterdam is the completely renewed Central Train Station.