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The value of environmental initiatives: a closer look at UK Plastics Pact

  • by Admin
  • 24th March, 2020

IPCC. ICAP. UN’s FCCC. ESA. GOTS. Do all these initials ever make your head spin? It is fantastic that there are so many environmental initiatives and panels out there, but it can be difficult to navigate them all. Which one is right for my business? And why sign up for initiatives anyway? What value do they bring? Well, let us tell you with a closer look at UK Plastics Pact by Wrap.

This collaborative initiative is bringing together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with UK governments and NGOs to tackle the scourge of plastic waste. By 2025, The UK Plastics Pact aims to transform the UK plastic packaging sector by meeting the following four targets:

  1. 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
  2. 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted.
  3. 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.
  4. Take actions to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging items through redesign, innovation or alternative (reuse) delivery models.

They’ve gotten so many big brands (Coca-Cola, Sainsbury’s, McDonald’s) to sign up and publish regular reports on how they’re meeting these targets. It’s so great to see all this action being taken to stop plastic pollution.

UK Plastics Pact is also a great way for these companies to communicate their sustainable values to their customers, who are becoming more and more environmentally conscious. In fact, the 2015 Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report found that 73% of global millennials said that they’re willing to pay for more sustainable products.

It’s a fact that consumer goods brands that demonstrate commitment to sustainability outperform brands that do not. A bespoke Leaf report not only shows you the details of your environmental impacts, but also relevant initiatives that you can sign up for. This way, you can communicate your environmental commitments in a more public and open way. We’re here to take the chaos out of understanding your climate footprint.

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Drapers Sustainable Fashion

  • by Admin
  • 18th March, 2020

It was so great to showcase Leaf Sustainability at the Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference 2020 last week, 11 March. We learnt so much about the next decade of action in the fashion industry. It’s time for companies to embrace sustainability!

There were many excellent speakers sharing their sustainability journeys with inspiring case studies and industry insights. It was interesting to learn from one industry insider that the first stage of a climate neutral journey is always the material assessment. But this is a huge challenge that can take months to accomplish – capturing, organising, and analysing data is no easy task! Luckily software solutions like Leaf can make this daunting task much easier. Once you know your environmental impacts, you can then work on reducing your products’ footprints.

Lots of talks at Drapers 2020 also had a supply chain focus. We learnt how supply chain optimisation is the best way to make sustainable products with a fashion sensation while reducing carbon emissions, waste, and consumption. We were exposed to facilitators, non-profit companies, and public sector organisations committed to working with brands to accomplish their sustainability goals.

One final takeaway from the conference: the future is technology and circularity. The old linear model of production, consumption, disposal, and pollution is outdated and not in keeping with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Moving towards a circular economy requires supply chain traceability; verifiable visibility and transparency at all stages of a product’s manufacture.

So, is your company aligned with the UN’s SDGs?

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Sustainability and the importance of transparent supply chains

  • by Admin
  • 11th March, 2020

Fragmented departments, unreliable data collection, and difficulty interpreting data all contribute to low supply chain network visibility. This is a huge barrier to companies understanding their environmental impacts and embracing more sustainable practices. How can you become more sustainable when you do not even know how sustainable you currently are?

Lucy Siegle sums this up in an excellent article for The Guardian about the environmental costs of fast fashion’s disorganised supply chains:

“Much of the waste in the fashion industry is hidden along a chaotic supply chain and doesn’t make it into the environmental accounting that underpins a Wrap report”.

And there’s data to back her up. McKinsey & Company, a consultancy, states that the typical consumer company’s supply chain creates far greater social and environmental costs than its own operations, accounting for 80+% of GHG emissions and 90+% of the impact on air, land, water, biodiversity, and geological resources! More shocking figures reveal that specifically retail firms’ supply chains account for more than 11x each company’s impact! So for every 1Mt of CO2e a retail company produces, its supply chain has already produced 11Mt of CO2e.

The clear conclusion is this – companies can significantly reduce their environmental footprints by focussing on their supply chains. Sustainability experts and consultants are increasingly playing more important roles in helping companies develop detailed insights on the advantages of improving sustainability across supply chains, articulates André Gonçalves

High functioning supply chains = good news for sustainability.

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