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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 ...

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 ...

Circular Stories: Showcasing the Pioneers Putting Theory into Practice

As the Circular Economy emerges, storytelling plays a central role. Beyond logic and rationale, systems level change relies on the clear communication of purpose, meaning and values.  Ellekari Klaasse and Marielle van Hemert are the co-founders of Circular Stories, a digital platform that showcases and supports entrepreneurs and SMEs pioneering Circular Economy practices. We ch ...

Queen of Raw – Transforming the Fashion Industry to Protect People and the Planet

The fashion industry is deeply unsustainable. Every year, it creates almost 100 million tons of textile waste, which ends up in landfill or incinerated – emitting even more CO2, as well as toxic gases. It also consumes around 93 billion cubic metres of water, producing almost one fifth of the entire planet’s wastewater.  For the next instalment of our podcast on the Circular Ec ...

How We Make Decisions That Work For Us

We're a self-managed team over here at HappyPorch. We didn't have a violent overthrow of our corporate overlords, that's just how we've always been from the very beginning. Being a self-managed team means that we all have a say in the company's direction. Decisions don't come down from on high; they're something that any team member can raise, discuss, and reach a consensus. So ...