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UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes

UK Fashion Retailers Urged To Reduce Environmental Impact Of Their Clothes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) Mary Creagh MP has written to the chief executives of the UK’s ten leading fashion retailers to find out what steps they are taking to reduce the environmental and social impact of the clothes and shoes they sell. The request for evidence will inform the Committee’s inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry, which is investigating how the UK’s fashion industry – that is worth £28bn a year to the UK economy – can reduce its environmental footprint. Environmental Audit Committee Chair Mary Creagh MP said: “The way we design, produce and discard our clothes has a huge impact on our planet. Fashion and footwear retailers have a responsibility to minimise their environmental footprint and make sure the workers in their supply chains are paid a living wage. We want to hear what they are doing to make their industry more sustainable.”

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LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns

LME reforms must meet international standards, Global Witness warns | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

While Global Witness welcomes the London Metal Exchange (LME) commitment to introduce OECD-standard responsible sourcing requirements for its metal brands, it warns that the LME must ensure its members go beyond paper-based compliance activities to meaningfully change and improve supply chains and their impacts. "Disrupting global trading patterns that link minerals and metals to conflict financing, human rights abuses, environmental degradation and corruption demands change to business behaviours right along the trading chain”, said Global Witness’s campaign leader Sophia Pickles in a statement. EU and US supply chain laws consistent with the internationally recognized OECD due diligence guidance for responsible gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten supply chains are already in place, while  Chinese developments towards greener, more transparent mineral supply chains are now on the table.

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UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030

UK food giants from Tesco to Nestle aim to halve waste by 2030 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major supermarkets, food manufacturers and restaurants on Tuesday backed a drive to halve Britain's food waste by 2030 and save the nation at least 10 billion pounds ($13 billion) a year. Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola were among at least 70 leading companies to sign up to a government-backed plan to cut the amount of food that is wasted annually in Britain - estimated to be about 10 million tonnes to the value of 20 billion pounds. Food waste is increasing viewed as unethical in a world of rising hunger, as well as environmentally destructive, dumped in landfills where it rots, releasing greenhouse gases, while fuel, water, and energy needed to grow, store and carry it is wasted. "Crucially, these companies are committing to halving food waste from farm to fork by 2030, including waste in supply chains and not just the lower hanging fruit of waste in operations," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great  job by Tesco, Nestle and Coca-Cola!  A Circular Economy could bring 2 million jobs by 2030 and up to €600 billion in savings per year.

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World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank

World waste could grow 70 percent as cities boom, warns World Bank | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Global waste could grow by 70 percent by 2050 as urbanisation and populations rise, said the World Bank on Thursday, with South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa set to generate the biggest increase in rubbish. Countries could reap economic and environmental benefits by better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, according to a report, which calculated that a third of the world's waste is instead dumped openly, with no treatment.

EcoVadis's insight:

Tackling environmental pollution is no easy task, especially in developing countries where environmental laws and regulations are not strictly enforced. In the absence of a strong legal framework, companies have an even greater responsibility to ensure that they adopt a proactive approach within a comprehensive environmental management system that encompasses all stakeholders.

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In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road

In war on smog, China considers how to take polluting diesel trucks off the road | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

China is drawing up a plan to replace a million heavy duty diesel trucks, almost 20 percent of the national fleet, with ones that burn cleaner fuel, as Beijing ramps up its war on pollution, potentially dealing a heavy blow to oil refiners. The transport and environment ministries are considering proposals that include replacing vehicles with more modern trucks using a higher grade of diesel called National Five, and using electric trucks or ones that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), an industry source, who is involved in the discussions, said. He declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media. The policy would come into effect in 2020 and would be implemented in the smoggiest northern regions of the country.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable plan by China! China will be taking a more proactive approach in the coming years to enforce environmental laws and cut capacity of pollution-intensive industries such as coal, steel and aluminum. 

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Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags

Co-Op “Bans” Single-Use Plastics And Unveils Compostable Carrier Bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Co-op has announced an end to single-use plastic. It will see around 60 million plastic carrier bags removed in a phased rollout and replaced with an “environmentally-friendly” alternative, it says.
The move is part of a new “ethical strategy” to be launched later this week by the Co-op, which will tackle plastic pollution as well as food waste, healthy eating, saving energy and trading fairly.
The blue-print sets out how the Co-op will ban single-use own-brand plastic products and reduce its overall use of plastic packaging within five years and stop using hard to recycle materials, like black plastic. And as part of the commitment, lightweight compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, will be rolled out to almost 1,400 Co-op food stores, initially in towns, cities and villages where the bags are accepted in food waste collections, it says.

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Singapore MP calls on government to curb single-use plastic and introduce 'selective' charge for carrier bags

Singapore MP calls on government to curb single-use plastic and introduce 'selective' charge for carrier bags | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Environmentalist turned politician Louis Ng is to urge parliament to cut use of single-use plastic in the public sector and introduce a “discerning, selective” charge on plastic bags in the city-state.

In a speech to parliament on Monday, Ng, MP for Nee Soon and the founder of animal welfare group Animal Concerns Research & Education Society, will be calling on the government to tackle plastic waste by cutting single-use plastic use in the public sector and introducing a “discerning and selective” charge on plastic bags. Singapore produced 800 million kg of plastic trash last year, with Singaporeans using an average of 13 plastic bags a day, according to a calculation by the Straits Times. Only 6 per cent of Singapore’s plastic waste was recycled last year—the rest was incinerated.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job by Louis Ng! One alternative is to use storied plastics, which are collected by waste stream, sorted by material type and traced to a point of origin. A commitment to sustainable practices is a commitment to ensuring compliance in each step of the package’s life cycle, which is only done with full visibility of every step of the process.

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In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover

In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In Hong Kong, more than 340 tonnes of textile waste is dumped each day into the city's overflowing landfills, according to the city's Environmental Protection Department. But a new textile spinning mill - the first to open in this former textile manufacturing powerhouse in half a century - aims to reuse that waste, harnessing pioneering recycling technology to try to make the fashion industry more sustainable. "These technologies may be the gateway to a fashion industry decoupled from the use of virgin natural resources," said Erik Bang, who heads innovation efforts for the H&M Foundation, a non-profit funded by the family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. The clothing retailer has already placed a first order at the mill, as part of its bid to become "fully circular and renewable," according to Cecilia Brännsten, the group's environmental sustainability manager.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job Hong Kong! The concept of a ‘Circular Economy’ has been growing in prominence over the past few decades, particularly as corporate social responsibility has become increasingly integrated into mainstream business strategy. This trend is likely to continue as the current linear economic system is challenged by growing resource scarcity. 

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Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution

Norway's $1 trln fund to beef up scrutiny on sustainability, ocean pollution | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund wants companies in which it invests to follow stricter guidelines on global sustainability and strengthen efforts to combat plastic pollution of the oceans, it said on Wednesday. The fund, the world's largest, invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production and is a global investor with stakes in some 9,000 companies across 72 countries. The fund's ambitions as an investor significantly overlap with the United Nations' goals of achieving sustainable economic, social and environmental development by 2030.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great sustainable initiative by Norway! EcoVadis sustainability ratings and scorecards help procurement teams monitor supply chain Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/ESG practices across 190 sectors and 150 countries.

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