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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). As w ...

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. For a recent episode of our podcast series on the Circular Economy, we spoke to Tom about how Unusual ...

For good causes

HappyPorch strives to constantly support good causes and in that way live our values and improve our awareness about the fact how much our planet and the people need support and help. In October 2020 we started with regular monthly donations of small amounts to various charities chosen by a different team member each month. So far, we have collected many stories of world-wide c ...

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 tox ...

Topolytics

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 mismanag ...

We are excited to announce that 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.  ...

Committed to reaching net-zero emissions

As part of developing our climate strategy HappyPorch made a net-zero emission commitment this year through the SME Climate Hub commitment.  The SME Climate hub is an organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises and it will help us by providing our company with climate solutions as well as tools and resources as support to measure and reduce our emissions and achieve the ...

Our 2019-2020 Carbon Footprint

As part of our climate commitment, we finalised our carbon footprint report for the UK tax year starting from April 2019 until the end of March 2020. After our previous report’s calculations and results, I think we became more aware of our individual carbon footprints as well as the company’s. We saw the numbers and understood the equivalents. We found out in which categories w ...

Enabling Circular Innovation

If we are to successfully tackle major issues such as climate change, waste crises and biodiversity loss,  the linear economy has to change. We must transform all elements of the take-make-waste system: how we manage resources, how we make and use products, and what we do with the materials afterwards.  The Circular Economy is a vital part of achieving this while creating a thr ...