Valuing Resources and Waste Minimisation


How can big businesses save billions?

Carbon Trust, Market: UK, Year: 2016

This white paper examines the key drivers of supply chain risk and opportunity for companies through the perspective of energy and climate change. We propose a comprehensive approach to addressing this challenge by looking at supplier-focused actions, as well as re-thinking products and business models.Get the solution from this report to know how to save billions for your business


Natural Capital at Risk

KPMG, Market: Australia, Year: 2014

Australian businesses should not ignore the risks associated with the ongoing decline of our natural capital assets. This capital is essential to both the economic and social quality. When assessing business risk, Australian companies need to account for natural capital in a similar manner as they do their financial capital. This means understanding and assessing the risks involved with respect to their dependency on ever-declining and harder-to-access natural capital and the goods and services it provides. Download Here


A help guide to recycling moving boxes, Market: Australia, Year:2015

Moving can be one of the most stressful and difficult times in a person’s life. While on one hand you are looking forward to moving to a new place which presents an unlimited amount of possibilities. On the other hand preparing to move from one place to the other takes a tremendous amount of planning to make things go smoothly. But, once the move is complete, and you unpack you are done except for one thing – what to do with all of the moving boxes?… Read more


Pee Power. How going to the loo can recharge a smartphone.

The economist Market: UK, Year: 2014

The BioEnergy Team of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) in Britain, are hoping to profit from working with urine and faeces. They have developed a new technique to turn urine into electrical power-or urine-tricity as they call it. Some may think this is very yellow – but it’s actually is VERY blue!


Corporate Sustainability Practices: Waste & Recycling

Greenbiz Group and Waste Management Market: US, Year: 2014

When it comes to waste, everyone knows the 3-R mantra: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But it’s tough to follow the 3 Rs when products, packaging and materials aren’t designed with end-of-life in mind.This research was undertaken to identify insights into how waste and recycling decisions are made by sustainability executives, the metrics they are employing in their drive toward waste reduction, and the actions they plan to undertake in the future.

Goodyear’s Journey to Zero Waste to Landfill

WBCSD Market: Global, Year: 2014

Reducing waste to landfill conserves resources, reduces potential future liability and decreases costs. As a global manufacturer, Goodyear began looking at ways to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills in 2001 and established a global baseline for waste generation per unit of product. Using 2001 as the base year, Goodyear reduced the amount of waste disposed in landfills by 34 percent per unit of product by 2006 as a result of focusing on recycling activities and reducing the creation of waste.

Although we had made significant progress in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2006, we decided to make a bold change to improve our global waste stewardship while further reducing future waste management costs. We believed so strongly in these opportunities that a corporate directive was sent to every Goodyear manufacturing plant with a mandate to eliminate waste sent to landfills by the end of 2007.Read more…


Are you ready for the resource revolution?

McKinsey Market: Global, Year: 2014

Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well.

Next frontiers for lean

McKinsey Market: Global, Year: 2014

Lean-production techniques have been revolutionizing operations for 50 years. Advances in technology, psychology, and analytics may make the next 50 even more exciting. Discover how Lean is enhancing new industries and sectors not just manufacturing.

Transparency and the Role of Environmental Declarations

UL Environment, Inc Market: Global, Year: 2014

As the world’s consumption of natural resources continues to grow at an ever increasing rate, the design and manufacture of environmentally responsible products is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Producers are giving increased attention to the environmental impact of their products across the entire product life cycle, including design and manufacturing through actual use to end-of-life. Such efforts from producers are now leading towards the collection and compilation of relevant environmental data. This data helps identify opportunities for improvement along the supply chain, often taking the form of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). However, there are many ways to distribute this data. Discover more…

Creating Healthier Furniture and Building Materials by Minimizing Chemical Emissions

Source: UL Environment, Inc Market: Global, Year: 2014

This white paper provides an introduction to IAQ issues in relation to furniture products and building materials, and discusses how certification programs support manufacturers’ efforts to substantiate legitimate claims for their products with a review of the causes and effects of poor IAQ, and the common types of VOCs that can adversely impact human health.

Case Study

2012 and 2013 UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Waste and Recycling from 2012 and 2013


5 case studies from

Environment Defence Fund. Market: US, Year: 2013

Despite the ubiquity of digital communications, paper use and over-packaging is growing, and so are their impacts on the environment.

Producing and disposing of paper and other packaging has large and wide-ranging effects – from the forest to the manufacturing facility to the landfill. Discover 5 case studies from the US Environmental Defence Fund including how McDonald’s and EDF joined forces and eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30 percent.


Mobile Phone Recycling Facts and ways to recycle your old phones.

Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association. Market: Australia, Year: 2013

If your organization wishes to be part of a mobile phone recycling program  – call Mobile Muster 1800 249 113 or check out their website



Towards Resource Efficiency: A Report on Impact 2008-11

WRAP. Market: UK, Year: 2012

With growth under pressure because of wider economic conditions, WRAP has provided organisations with valuable tools to help them realise the business benefits of greater resource efficiency which, in turn, can underpin growth. This report is a great summary of their work with case studies across a range of industries from construction to local government.

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A Global Language for Packaging and Sustainability – A Framework and measurement system for our industry

Market: Global, Year: 2010

This report, created by the Consumer Goods Forum’s Global Packaging Project, presents a packaging sustainability framework and measurement system in the hope of developing a global standard. In addition to explaining some commonly-accepted packaging principles, the report lists 52 indicators for packaging sustainability, which are explained in more detail in this document.



How companies can be more Environmentally Sustainable when dealing with waste.

Mark Jacobsen – Director Corporate Recycling, the Green Schools Network and Repeat Products.

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit, Year: 2005

What happens to waste plastic in Australia? What solutions are there for waste plastic? Mark will share several case studies where Australian companies are getting good mileage from waste management



Wasteful Consumption in Australia

The Australia Institute. Market: Australia, Year: 2005

This paper is based on a survey which was designed to assess the extent of behaviour that can be defined as wasteful consumption together with its prevalence among different types of households and individuals. It also set out to understand some of the attitudes associated with wasteful consumption.



Waste Electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

Journal of the European Union. Market: Europe, Year: 2003

This is a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to make an official journal on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Waste_Electrical_and_Electronic_Equipment_-_European_Parliament_directive.pdf[unrecognized beecos tag: {COLUMN width=60}]


RECYCLING: It starts with you – A Guide to Recycling at Work

Market: Australia

Australia remains a high achiever in residential and industrial recycling but lags behind in Office paper recycling with an estimated level of only 12-15% which compares with 45-72% in the northern hemisphere. This means that around one million tonnes of Office paper goes to landfill each year. This guide provides you with steps that help your companies recycle in an organized way. A_Guide_to_Recycling_at_Work.pdf}1