Category Archives: Waste & recycling

Extending product lifetimes (BEHAVE 2014 Blog Series, 3/4)

More sustainable consumption is likely to mean ‘buying less stuff’ – or, more specifically, acquiring fewer products that deplete finite material resources. If people are to maintain their lifestyles, this will mean changes such as renting goods rather than buying them, and buying second-hand or reconditioned goods rather than new ones. Our recent survey* results [...]

You need to dismantle in order to build the future economy…

What has 23 screws, 15 separate rubber parts, 13 wires, 4 plastic boards, 3 metal plates, 3 unidentifiable objects, 2 microphones and 1 circuit board? These are the ingredients of an old landline phone, obviously! In a Green Alliance conference last week, I took part in a tear down session run by the RSA as [...]

Broccoli queen or burger king?

Last week I enjoyed speaking at the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on consumer understanding of food labelling and linkages to food waste. There was a packed line-up of stimulating speakers offering their views on nutritional on-pack labelling, implementation of the new food labelling policy, and informing consumers on food labelling and food waste. Delegates [...]

Waste and the built environment

Our economy is built on the transformation of raw materials into products and services. Until recently the waste produced as part of this process or at the end of this product’s life was seen as an unavoidable part of this process. However, global economic growth is putting rising pressure on depleting resources, leading to a [...]

Malaysian delegation visits Brook Lyndhurst

Today a delegation from Malaysia came to see us to discuss waste management and food waste issues. The ‘Food Waste Minimisation Policy in Malaysia’ project is hoping to gather evidence from the UK to inform their food waste policy recommendations and topics worth further development. We discussed our various research projects on food waste prevention [...]