May 9th, 2014

The giant of Africa’s giant waste problem


by Wale Bakare


Solid waste management is the most pressing environmental challenge faced by urban and rural areas of Nigeria, a country with a population exceeding 170 million and one of the largest producers of solid waste in Africa. Despite a host of policies and regulations, solid waste management in the country is assuming alarming proportions with each passing day.

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May 2nd, 2014

Preventing waste: a reuser’s guide


by Ad Lansink


At a Dutch conference on the relationship between Cradle to Cradle design and the waste hierarchy, a young executive once asked me why product reuse finds so little resonance in society. I responded with another question: how many of those present had replaced their mobile phones in the past year? The majority raised their hands.

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May 1st, 2014

The disposable, the renewable and the certifiable

The Typing Pool

by the Administrator


According to T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land, April is the cruellest month; not so for our waste blog! Rather than spending our time breeding lilacs out of the dead land, we’ve instead opted for a spot of springtime horticulture in the fertile Land of Blog. So, if you’ve spent the past month wrapped up in modernist poetry lamenting the moral decline of western civilisation, what have you missed?

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April 25th, 2014

It pays to think about trade waste


by Peter Jones


What’s top of most local authorities’ priority lists at the moment? The cumulative effects of successive cuts to central government funding are bound to put budgetary concerns right up there. So why do so few councils closely scrutinise the budgetary performance of their commercial waste service?

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April 17th, 2014

Let’s make community energy EIS-y


by Jonathan Johns


Nobody could have mistaken Budget 2014 for the greenest budget ever. A few of the disappointments for those interested in promoting green energy were headline news, but others have taken a little time to emerge. For example, in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document published alongside the budget, paragraph 1.59 stated:

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April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

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by Thomas Vergunst


Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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April 4th, 2014

Food, gloriously certified food


by Sarah Ettlinger


According to new figures recently published in the Ethical Consumer’s annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report, sales of ‘ethical’ food and drink increased by 51% from £6.7 billion in 2007 to £10.2 billion in 2012 (in 2012 real food prices), despite the economic downturn. The report defines ethical consumerism as “personal allocation of funds, including consumption and investment, where choice has been informed by a particular issue – be it human rights, social justice, the environment or animal welfare.” The vast majority of this increase came in the last year, where purchases increased by a whopping 33%.

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