177 episodes

Each month, we meet with inspirational people at the forefront of the sustainable movement, making innovative changes within their organisation to tackle the climate crisis. Each podcast will provide insights, knowledge, and tips for becoming a more sustainable business across various industries and sectors. Whether you’re looking to start or accelerate your organisation’s sustainability journey, Sustainability Solved will help you each step of the way.

Sustainability Solved Sustainability Solved

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Each month, we meet with inspirational people at the forefront of the sustainable movement, making innovative changes within their organisation to tackle the climate crisis. Each podcast will provide insights, knowledge, and tips for becoming a more sustainable business across various industries and sectors. Whether you’re looking to start or accelerate your organisation’s sustainability journey, Sustainability Solved will help you each step of the way.

    Taking trees out of the paper supply chain

    Taking trees out of the paper supply chain

    Title: Taking Trees Out of the Paper Supply Chain
    Story
    Let’s talk about paper – a product we all use in our businesses, no matter the size or speciality. Paper use in office spaces is declining but, in the UK, we still use 9.9 million tonnes of paper every year, with every tonne of fresh pulp requiring the felling of 24 trees.
    In this podcast, we explore the idea of trees being removed from the production of paper entirely and the positive environmental impact this would have. We are joined by the fantastic Adam Huttly, founder of Red Inc, a sustainable office supplies company that has teamed up with Envopap, the world’s first eco-friendly and commercially viable pulp-free paper.
    Highlights
    · Adam founded Red Inc in 2008 with a vision: to be a disruptor in the paper industry and rewrite the rules. He wanted to create a low-impact business that was designed to innovate, create value, and make a positive difference.
    · Red Inc has seen exponential growth from corporate companies targeting organisations in their supply chain to understand net-zero strategies and be aligned to science-based targets.
    · Adam tells us how Covid-19 impacted the office products industry, and how being a transactional and traditional ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’ industry led to its downfall during the pandemic.
    · Red Inc partnered with EnvoPAP to acquire EnvoCOPY, a paper created using a reclaimed waste product called bagasse which is a by-product of sugarcane farming. EnvoPAP have taken the by-product that would normally be burned or put in landfill and turned this into pulp to make paper.
    · In 2016/2017, Red Inc started a campaign called ‘Fight Bright White’ to raise awareness to clients that insisted on using bright white paper to portray their business in a certain way, in turn rejecting eco-friendly alternatives.
    · Adam explains that many organisations in the office products industry don’t know where to start on their environmental journey, let alone help their clients do their sustainability reporting. Red Inc is way ahead of the curve and passionate about continuing to rewrite the script on sustainability for office products.
    Resources Red Inc EnvoPAP EnvoCopy B Corp Recycling Facts

    • 28 min
    Holidays in 2023 – should you go eco-friendly?

    Holidays in 2023 – should you go eco-friendly?

    Holidays in 2023 – should you go eco-friendly?
    Story:
    According to research by booking.com, 42% of people said that recent news about climate change had influenced them to make more sustainable travel choices. More than half (57%) said they wanted to travel more sustainably in the next 12 months!
    In this episode of 'Sustainability Solved', we're discussing eco-friendly holidays and how to travel more responsibly. Our guests Maudie Tomlinson from The Conscious Travel Foundation and writer and journalist Holly Tuppen explain what sustainable travel looks like, and how to make informed decisions when booking your next holiday.
    Highlights:
    ·      The Conscious Travel Foundation is a global community, initially set up by a group of industry friends during the covid-19 pandemic, uniting members of the travel industry the impact of tourism on the world.
    ·      Holly was inspired to write about sustainable travel after travelling around the world using slower and more environmentally friendly modes of transport such as trains, sailing, or cycling. As a result, she experienced and saw a lot more than if she had gone by plane!
    ·      Holly highlights that tourism can play a huge role in financing conservation efforts and nature restoration; she worked for an organisation called The Long Run who works with over 40 different lodges and travel experiences around the world to protect 23 million acres of ecosystems.
    ·      Maudie discusses if being more sustainable means higher costs for businesses; she highlights that reducing your organisation’s carbon footprint will save you money in the long run.
    ·      Holly’s book Sustainable Travel provides an array of advice for travellers looking to be more environmentally-friendly and how to make informed choices when booking a holiday.
    ·      The more people ask questions about sustainable travel and have this as a priority when booking a holiday, the more travel organisations will be likely to take action.
    ·      Holly addresses that a lot of businesses are nervous to start their sustainability journey in fear of not doing it 100% correctly and getting caught up in greenwashing claims.
    ·      Maudie and Holly tell us of their own eco-friendly travel plans for 2023 and give some fantastic suggestions for solo and family holidays!
    Resources:
    The Conscious Travel Foundation
    Booking.com sustainable travel research
    Green Traveller
    Sustainability Hospitality Alliance
    The Long Run
    Holly’s book Sustainable Travel
    B Corp...

    • 30 min
    Wear wool not fossil fuel – the Woolmark campaign examined

    Wear wool not fossil fuel – the Woolmark campaign examined

    Story:
    As the cost-of-living crisis bites, we ask how important environmental messaging is to consumer choice? Is sustainability a luxury for a few, or the only way ahead for brands?
     
    We are joined by Will Thacker and Fran Docx of 20Something, the creative company behind Woolmark’s captivating Wear Wool Not Fossil Fuel campaign. In their powerful advert, figures emerge dazed from a pool of oil and strip off to reveal wool clothing underneath. The video aims to educate consumers about the environmental dangers of synthetic fibres.
    Woolmark is a not-for-profit organisation working with Australia’s 60,000 woolgrowers to research, develop and certify Australian wool, and champion its eco-credentials over other materials.
     
    Highlights:
    ·      Oil-based synthetics fuel the fast fashion industry. One cannot exist without the other
    ·      Synthetic fibres are bad for the environment because they are made from oil.
    ·      Woolmark’s research shows that in the 1980s, around 17%, of all fibres were synthetic fibres. By 2030, synthetic fibres will be around 80%.
    ·      50 million barrels of oil per year are used to source the fashion industry.
    ·      Fran tells us that most people know synthetic fibres are bad for the planet, but don’t make the connection with what they are wearing and the fact it comes from oil.
    ·      According to Natural England survey results, those with a higher household income are more likely to agree that looking after the environment is important to them.
    ·      Fran comments that people on lower incomes are forced to overuse resources to survive and are more likely to be impacted by the effects of climate change.
    ·      Sustainability matters more to consumers when they are purchasing products that are consumed or put on their body.
    ·      There are two forces at play in the young consumer market. An increase in interest in sustainable brands and the second-hand fashion market, but also a desire to wear different outfits via TikTok and other social platforms.
    ·      Will Tacker explains that greenwashing in the apparel industry is rife, so consumers have a responsibility to do their homework on brands.
    ·      Will Thacker talks about El Alto, sustainable outdoor clothing brand, who boycotted Black Friday by closing its stores and encouraging employees to get outdoors.
     
    Resources:
    Woolmark – Wear Wool Not Fossil Fuel
    Natural England survey
    addresspollution.org
    El Alto | Socially Responsible Outdoor Clothing

    • 25 min
    Faster & Greener - The benefits of sustainable last-mile delivery

    Faster & Greener - The benefits of sustainable last-mile delivery

    This month on the Sustainability Solved podcast we are delving into the topic of last-mile delivery, the final stage of an order process where an item is transported from a warehouse or fulfilment centre to the final delivery destination. 
    Our cities are packed with commercial vehicles that pollute our local areas and make it increasingly dangerous to navigate our streets. As cities move towards reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution, the commercial vehicle sector needs to be at the forefront of the movement to make way for a greener future.  
    We are joined by Chris Benson, CEO and Founder of Oxford-based Pedal and Post, and Co-founder of Pedal Me, Ben Knowles, who are both at the forefront of the greener delivery movement. 
     
    Highlights:
    Studies with the University of Westminster found that cargo bikes could do 60% more deliveries at the same time as commercial vehicles on most shop deliveries around London.On top of working with national parcel carriers, Pedal and Post specialise in medical deliveries. They pioneered the first delivery service that delivers chemotherapy medication in Oxford. Larger companies can see that the future is going towards cargo bikes but have not been able to achieve the kind of scale of operations that will make a difference. Sustainable deliveries can work out-with cities. Ben highlights that there may need to be some changes to the design of the bikes to cover ground quicker.With the increase in climate awareness, consumers are increasingly looking for organisations to deliver on sustainability commitments, and businesses should be helping to educate consumers on greener delivery. Ben tells us of the positive reaction received by consumers when they see a cargo bike instead of a commercial vehicle, especially when he delivered a 15ft pink dodo sculpture!
     
    Resources:
    Pedal Me
    Pedal and Post
    University of Westminster cargo bikes research overview
    Ultra-Low Emissions Zone

    • 26 min
    People and Planet Health - How Plantopia are Creating Positive Change

    People and Planet Health - How Plantopia are Creating Positive Change

    On this month’s episode, we're joined by Victoria Cushing, Product Director at KMI Brands. We take a look into their cosmetic brand Plantopia, a pending B-Corp that uses adaptogens and essential oils in its products to create positive change for people and planet health.
    Victoria takes us on a journey through Plantopia’s pursuit of a sustainable production process, and the processes and outcomes of its comprehensive lifecycle assessment conducted by Green Element. Victoria gives some fantastic advice for organisations looking to improve their sustainability and production processes.
    Highlights:
    ·      The team at Plantopia spent four years developing their brand to achieve recognition as one of the most planet-friendly and people-friendly cosmetic brands.
    ·      Plantopia became a member of the UEBT, Union of Ethical Bio Trade, to ensure from the very beginning that it had traceability of its raw ingredients, and that the team understood their entire supply chain.
    ·      For Plantopia, transparency is key, and a very important aspect for its consumers. Plantopia conducted a survey with over 1000 of its customers to identify what mattered to them and included that in its published manifesto.
    ·      With the help of Green Element, Plantopia conducted a comprehensive lifecycle analysis, which allowed their team to identify key areas where reduction was required.
    ·      Victoria talks about some of the obstacles the team experienced during this process, and that working closely with their suppliers was key in the success of their environmental journey.
    ·      Due to the success of the first life cycle analysis process, Plantopia now aims to conduct a life cycle analysis on all its products by the end of 2030!
    Resources:
    KMI Brands
    Plantopia
    Union of Ethical Bio Trade
    Green Element’s Life Cycle Analysis Service

    • 16 min
    Building Better - sustainability in the construction industry

    Building Better - sustainability in the construction industry

    In this month’s episode, we are joined by Ian Riley, CEO of the World Cement Association, to discuss sustainability in the construction industry.  
    With a significant impact on pollution and energy consumption, the construction industry is often under the environmental microscope. Ian brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the floor to unravel this complex topic.  
    Highlights:  
    The World Cement Association was set up in 2016 to be a voice for the independent players in the industry. Ian discusses the term ‘carbon negative concrete’ and explains how the carbon footprint of concrete is broken down and calculated. Businesses in the construction industry are increasingly under pressure to ensure circularity and pay close attention to the full lifecycles of their materials.    Ian discusses the need for collaboration across the supply chain to fully understand organisation’s full environmental impact, especially when calculating Scope 3 emissions. Ian tells us about technologies that can help in making the industry less wasteful and more sustainable - and the difficulties in adopting these new technologies.  The construction industry is playing an essential role in allowing countries to develop and urbanise, especially in developing countries. So, the real challenge for the industry is to find new ways of operating in a more sustainable way. Ian expresses his optimism for the future of the construction industry and shares some invaluable advice for organisations looking to become more sustainable. 
     
    Resources:  
    World Cement Association 

    • 22 min

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Interesting insights

Good to hear about cool companies in different spaces, inspiring!

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Fantastic Podcast

Really informative, great content and perfect for anyone who wants to feel inspired in sustainable business. Keep them coming!

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Interesting & insightful

Great to hear about the stories and journeys of how different businesses and people incorporate sustainability into what they do, and to learn how we can all make a difference!

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