Everybody is talking about Circular Economy. But do you know what is it in details, on how it applies to your business?

When something is perhaps seen as a ‘big’ word or concept it often helps to break it down into more tangible pieces, little bits everyone can relate to.

Enter the Cola bottle!

Coca Cola Bottles

It is made from a material bearing the wonderful name polyethylene terephthalate.

For those who crumble before such beauty it is often abbreviated as PET.

PET is a fantastic material!

It is easy to make, cheap, light-weight, can be transparent or tinted in any colour, and, last but not least…


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In general, we don’t spend too much time thinking of the energy it takes to send an email. The computer (smartphone, tablet, whatever…) is switched on anyway and the battery indicator doesn’t change one bit if we send an email.

One email, even with an attachment and a fancy video background doesn’t make a difference.

Taking a global view, things look a little different.

1. The impact of internet on the environment

In an article that is already more than nine years old, The Guardian states that “around 62 trillion spam messages are sent every year, requiring the use of 33 billion kilowatt hours (KWh) of electricity and…


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I have been lucky…

Because I have travelled a lot, I have always been the little French, before being the black girl.

Racism is not an issue all the sudden.
This is not an issue for you (white people), but this is not all the sudden.

It is like when the people assume that I am the cleaning lady or the secretary; or when people talk to me as if I was retarded while I often know way more than them.

I have to say, I play with it and it does make me laugh to see their face when…


Demands create markets and vice versa.

Nowadays, not least due to public demand there is significant incentive for companies to become more socially responsible (or, at the very least, to be perceived as such).

Numerous companies and individuals offer Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) services and choosing the right one can be tricky.

Forbes has published a list hints to look out for.[1]

The article may be seven years old already but has lost none of its pertinence.

1. Depth and breadth of experience

The question you should ask a potential CSR consultant is not only “Have you done this before?” but also

“Have you done this…


What is Corporate Social Responsibility ?

You have heard about companies making huge profits while hiding their assets in some fiscal paradise, profiting from child labour, bribery, knowingly endangering their employees, the environment, and ultimately the society at large with harmful pesticides or other chemicals.

Corporate Social responsibility, often abbreviated as CSR, is the obligation of an organisation to make profit following sustainable development principles.

This involves:

· social responsibility (i.e. having a positive impact on the society),

· economic sustainability (i.e. making profit in an ethical way), and

· environmental sustainability (i.e. minimising the impact on the environment).


Everybody talks about the rain forests and their importance for world climate in general and their capacity for CO2 fixation in particular.

What is less well known is that there are forests under water which are just as important when it comes to CO2 fixation and which are just as under threat as their counterparts above the water line, the kelp forests.

Algae…

… are an enormously diverse class of species in terms of size, distribution, and (possible) uses.

Their size ranges from a few micrometers in the case of micro-algae which are found in the plankton to several dozen meters…


Moving from one country or city to another generally brings many new experiences and is generally seen as enlightening.

When it comes to handling household waste a change of city or country can also be bewildering.

What was the yellow bag in the place you left may become a blue bin in the place you moved to and what you are allowed to put into the various bags or bins may also differ.

Waste recycling

It is barely three months now that the EU has adopted its ‘New Circular Economy Action Plan’.[1]

This plan places much emphasis on circular economy.


On the 20th of May, the UN has celebrated the bees in recognition of their invaluable work as pollinators as well as producers of honey and wax; a cause we here at Trianon Scientific Communication emphatically like to join!

Bees

Hurray for the bees!

Accepting a proposal by Slovenia, the 20th of May has been entered by the UN as World Bee Day into their list of minor secular observances.[1]

The reason for this date is that the 20th of May was the birthday of Anton Janša,[2] who is the father of modern beekeeping (or apiculture, to use its more formal name), and the reason…


Pharmaceuticals

We often talk of the three Ps in sustainable development, namely Profit, People, and Planet, sometimes acronymised as PPP.


By 2050, the Earth is conservatively estimated to be 2°C warmer by the end of the century, and the world’s ice sheets are melting at much faster rates than in the previous century, leading to increasing sea levels.

Simultaneously, the world is losing much of its biodiversity, which scientists predict would have “unprecedented and unpredictable” implications for life on Earth.

Considering this, global sustainability efforts are now more important than ever.

Fortunately, innovative techniques may be used to solve the most important issues.

What is Blockchain?

For several years now the term blockchain crops up in discussions, either hailed as THE next new…

Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

Co-Fonder of Trianon Scientific Communication. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development for SMEs — https://www.science-by-trianon.com

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