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UN: Pandemic Will Push 34 Million People Into Extreme Poverty In 2020

4 Mins Read The United Nations’ mid-year update, the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report, expects that the coronavirus pandemic will drive more than 34 million people into extreme poverty. Highlighting that the crisis will exacerbate existing poverty and inequality, the UN says that strong global cooperation will be critical to both contain the pandemic in the […]

Gucci Plants Enough Trees To Make Operations & Supply Chain Carbon Neutral

2 Mins Read Gucci has just announced that their entire supply chain and operations have become completely carbon-neutral. The luxury fashion brand has achieved this by offsetting all remaining greenhouse gas emissions through supporting forest conservation and tree planting projects around the world. This comes amid the growing awareness among businesses that they must price in climate change […]

INTERVIEW: Zero Waste Pioneer & Coconut Matter Founder On Following Your Heart & Why The Whole System Needs To Be Redesigned

5 Mins Read We sat down with Diane van Zwanenberg, founder of plastic-free natural and vegan beauty brand Coconut Matter who is making strides in promoting low-waste living in Asia and beyond. Diane has led the alternative beauty and cosmetics industry in Asia since she first introduced her pioneering plastic-free packaging brand, and has since encouraged many to […]

McKinsey Partners Pen Op-Ed To CEOs: Get Ready For Climate Change!

2 Mins Read Two senior McKinsey employees have penned a commentary published on Fortune addressing CEOs from around the world and warning them about the risk of climate change to their business. Dickon Pinner and Kevin Sneader’s message to companies is loud and clear – businesses can no longer treat climate change as a far-off threat, and must […]

Water Pollution: The Invisible Threat The World Is Ignoring

3 Mins Read The latest report by the World Bank warns about the “invisible threat” that the planet is facing – water pollution – which will affect the health, economy, education and agriculture of both rich and poor countries alike. The report also outlines how water pollution will pose an issue for nearly every Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]

Marriott Hotels Ditches Single-Use Plastic Amenities Across All 7,000 Global Locations By 2020

2 Mins Read Following their 2018 initiative to reduce single-use plastics, Marriott International has just announced their plans to eliminate mini disposable toiletries from all their hotels globally by 2020. Replacing the single-use amenities in bathrooms will be large refillable pump bottles. Marriott’s decision comes after recent headlines by companies in the hospitality industry aiming to phase out […]

Health Effects Of Microplastics Unknown, More Research Needed Urgently Says WHO

3 Mins Read In a new assessment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says microplastics are increasingly present in drinking water and that more research desperately needs to be conducted to learn more about potential adverse health effects. Given that plastic production continues to be on the rise globally, and Asia’s coastal regions are being swamped by plastic waste, […]