Friday, 30 August 2013

Change the way you think about resource use

Today we're sharing fine piece of short film from the folks at WWF on changing the way we think about our every day use of resources. Worth a watch!






In other news, look lively, folks! Next week is Zero Waste Week 2013! Sign up and make a waste-reduction pledge today. More on that coming soon!



EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. 

We are now working in partnership with Cooler to deliver ‘Carbon Literacy’ trainings for businesses across Greater Manchester. This is a relevant, informative and practical training – you will return to your desk/vehicle/role knowing what your personal carbon footprint is and with actions you can do to reduce it. 
For more info see www.carbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places. 

Visit our new Pop-Up Shop in Manchester city centre! Promoting the 3Rs of waste reduction, reuse and recyling, we are selling goodies and local arts and crafts with a 'Made in Manchester' theme. We have cards, soaps, jewellery, second hand books, clothes, records, bric a brac and lots of gift ideas from the cheap and cheerful to great works of art! 
Find us at Brazennose House West, Brazennose St, M2 5AS. Opening hours are usually 12-5pm Wed-Sat but are subject to change. Please contact office@emergemanchester.co.uk for more info.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Earth Overshoot Day

Earlier this week it was Earth Overshoot Day. How does one celebrate this calendar milestone, I hear you ask. Well, you don't. This is not a happy occasion. Buying each other gifts will just make it worse.

20th August 2013 marks the day, estimated by sustainability NGO Global Footprint Network, where we have used up all the natural resources that Earth is able to replenish in one year. In other words, we have used up our allocation of natural resources for the year, and are now effectively stealing from the future. Every single thing we consume from now on is theft, committed by us, on our children and grandchildren.



Scary isn't it. Even more scarily, the chaps at Global Footprint Network note that Earth Overshoot Day is coming around earlier and earlier each year. We are running up a huge ecological debt, borrowing from a bank that is fast running out of money. For more info on Earth Overshoot Day, click here.

Recycling is really important in this context. Let's not be wasteful with resources, we owe it to tomorrow. To get your company or organisation more resource-conscious, take a look at EMERGE's recycling services. Help us help you to help all of us push Earth Overshoot Day off our business calendars.




EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. 

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We are working in partnership with Cooler to deliver ‘Carbon Literacy’ trainings for businesses across Greater Manchester. This is a relevant, informative and practical training – you will return to your desk/vehicle/role knowing what your personal carbon footprint is and with actions you can do to reduce it. 
For more info see www.carbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places. 

Visit our new Pop-Up Shop in Manchester city centre! Promoting the 3Rs of waste reduction, reuse and recyling, we are selling goodies and local arts and crafts with a 'Made in Manchester' theme. We have cards, soaps, jewellery, second hand books, clothes, records, bric a brac and lots of gift ideas from the cheap and cheerful to great works of art! 
Find us at Brazennose House West, Brazennose St, M2 5AS. Opening hours are usually 12-5pm Wed-Sat but are subject to change. Please contact office@emergemanchester.co.uk for more info.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Revive Arrives: GM Compost now available!

In case you haven't already heard, residents of Greater Manchester can now buy local compost produced from our very own food and garden household waste!

'Revive' is a blended multi-purpose peat-free compost, with up to 80% of the ingredients coming straight out of GM residents' food and waste bins! After being collected from our homes, the waste goes through a large-scale but simple composting process called In Vessel Composting (IVC for short) in one of four facilities across GM, taking just six weeks to be transformed into a high quality compost ready to go straight into your back garden to bring your azaleas back to life.

With up to half of GM's household waste being compostable, IVC has the potential to divert a huge portion of waste away from landfill and put it to use as a new resource. If you fancy learning a bit more about how IVC works, check out the educational video below from Recycle for Greater Manchester.






Revive is available for residents to buy at a very competitive price from nine locations across GM. For more information click here.


EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. 

We are now working in partnership with Cooler to deliver ‘Carbon Literacy’ trainings for businesses across Greater Manchester. This is a relevant, informative and practical training – you will return to your desk/vehicle/role knowing what your personal carbon footprint is and with actions you can do to reduce it. 
For more info see www.carbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places. 

Visit our new Pop-Up Shop in Manchester city centre! Promoting the 3Rs of waste reduction, reuse and recyling, we are selling goodies and local arts and crafts with a 'Made in Manchester' theme. We have cards, soaps, jewellery, second hand books, clothes, records, bric a brac and lots of gift ideas from the cheap and cheerful to great works of art! 
Find us at Brazennose House West, Brazennose St, M2 5AS. Opening hours are usually 12-5pm Wed-Sat but are subject to change. Please contact office@emergemanchester.co.uk for more info.

Monday, 5 August 2013

And then came the storms. And the waste...

The weather in the last few weeks has been brilliant (if you like the sun- I know a lot of British people seem allergic to it, including me- I've been slathering on suncream in Manchester like it's the Costa Del Sol). Thousands of us have flocked to the coast to enjoy it. Ice creams all round. But then came the storms...

Let's face it, it wasn't going to last forever was it. So we've had our fun, now it's time to get back to business. And on that note, this stormy weather is throwing up a waste-related reminder from nature, as a recent BBC News feature highlights. 

Like a bad conscience, the stormy weather is washing up a lot of trash on our shores. According to the Marine Conservation Society spokesperson interviewed by the BBC, around two-thirds of what washes up is plastic. Not good for the ocean, and not good for us either:

"Even the smallest plastic waste, such as particles known as "nurdles", pose dangers. Small creatures can mistake them for food and die from ingesting them, in turn denying larger animals the prey they need to survive. Plastic bags are particularly fatal because they can block digestive systems when mistaken for jellyfish by larger animals, leading to starvation and death. Bags have been recovered from the stomachs of beached turtles and whales around the UK coast. Also, biologists are becoming concerned that toxins in this micro-plastic waste are transferred through species with unknown effects."



Where do we even begin to start tackling this? Well, by REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF WASTE WE CREATE. Simple. And it's EMERGE's aim to do just that in Greater Manchester. Interested in upping your recycling and reducing waste for your business? Contact us today!

EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. We are now working in partnership with Cooler to deliver ‘Carbon Literacy’ trainings for businesses across Greater Manchester. 
This is a relevant, informative and practical training – you will return to your desk/vehicle/role knowing what your personal carbon footprint is and with actions you can do to reduce it. For more info see www.manchestercarbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Recycling the Unrecyclable and the Circular Economy

By now we should all be recycling- in 21st century society there really is little excuse for not putting things in the right bin. But do we actually recycle everything that can be recycled? We all come across things that don't quite belong in any of our recycling bins, but at the same time it doesn't quite seem right throwing them out in the garbage.

Fear not. We're taking baby steps towards a 'circular economy' and this is all just part of the process. Gradually, more and more things will become widely recyclable as the life of manufactured products become sustainable closed loops. Manufacture, use, recycle, remanufacture. That's the future.


Taken from ESA's Circular Economy report (see below)


Increasingly, the business world is playing a part in this process, taking things previously difficult to recycle or unrecyclable and reforming them into new products. Blogger Sophia Evans has found a few examples for us (thanks Sophia!):

- Increasingly, you can find recycled precious metals in the jewellery industry. Various companies now recycle old silver, platinum and gold products into new ones. Metals are refined and remixed into alloys before being casted into new designs. These recycling efforts reduce the harmful environmental effects and inhumane labour practices of much of the world’s precious metal mining industries. Precious metals can be repeatedly recycled without losing quality, making them a naturally sustainable resource.

- The Nike corporation has been recycling old sports shoes into playground surfaces for communities since 1990. They've ground up approximately 28 million shoes and 36,000 tons of scrap material and, with it, covered as much surface area as the entire island of Manhattan.

- Notice how you can't recycle bottle caps in your home recycling bins? This type of plastic is still recyclable. Personal care corporation Aveda now produces 100% post-consumer PET packaging for its products. Its Recycled Caps programme, which has been running since 2008, collects bottle caps from all sorts of products, sorts them, melts them down into pellets and turns them into new bottle caps for products.

- Did you know you could recycle makeup? After one or two years, makeup and cosmetics items lose their freshness and effectiveness and should be discarded. Expired, yet usable, items such as half-used lipstick or cracked eye shadow pots can be recycled at a number of places. Origins stores accept empty cosmetics containers, including jars, bottles, compacts and tubes, for recycling.


If you would like to learn more about the concept of a circular economy in the UK, this report from the Environmental Services Association is a great resource. As the report states, the waste and resources industry is central in the move towards a circular economy. This is where organisations like EMERGE come in. We take businesses' end of use materials and help return them back to the economy efficiently and ethically. Find out more about our business services here

EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. We are now working in partnership with Cooler to deliver ‘Carbon Literacy’ trainings for businesses across Greater Manchester. 
This is a relevant, informative and practical training – you will return to your desk/vehicle/role knowing what your personal carbon footprint is and with actions you can do to reduce it. For more info see www.manchestercarbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places.