Reath: Digital Infrastructure for Packaging Reuse
Single use packaging poses a huge environmental problem. The cosmetics industry alone produces 142 billion pieces of packaging every year – and less than 10 percent gets recycled. Pioneering environmental campaigners and data experts, Claire Rampen and Emily Rogers, decided to do something about it. Together, they founded Reath, a software company that helps businesses adopt safe, compliant and scalable reuse systems.
Big Picture Scotland
This summer I spent 2 weeks cycling and camping across the Hebrides. We took our time (and 4 ferries and 6 causeways) to cycle across all 10 islands. As you would expect for Scotland (...ahem...), the sun was beating down from perfectly blue skies and it never rained. (Usually, when I describe Scotland that sentence would be sarcastic, bizarrely it is 100% true this time).
Unusual: Refurbishing an Old Business Model for a Sustainable Future
Implementing circular practices can reinvigorate a company, allowing business leaders to truly live by their sustainability values. Tom Harper, managing director of Unusual Rigging, provides a perfect example of how this can happen, and how the positive effects ripple outward.
Nuw: A sustainable, community-minded alternative to fast fashion
The fashion industry is responsible for more carbon emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined. On the production side, garment manufacturing is extremely water intensive, and when it comes to waste, the problems are even worse: So-called ‘fast fashion’ and luxury brands alike burn millions of unused items every year, creating thousands of tonnes of toxic fumes. Mountains of unused garments also end up in landfill, which leads to a slew of environmental problems.
One of the key pillars of the Circular Economy is designing waste out of the system – but in order for this to happen we first need to understand the current situation. According to the World Bank, humans produce two billion tonnes of urban waste each year, with that figure set to rise to three and a half billion tonnes by 2050. Today, at least a third of this waste is mismanaged through burning or dumping, causing lasting environmental damage.
HappyPorch is now a Certified B Corporation®
"Business without meaning is just pointless admin". This quote really inspired me when setting up HappyPorch 6 years ago. One of the core tenets of HappyPorch has always been that business should be so much more than the exploitation of people and planet it too often becomes