More reason to get yourself a Samsung phone

According to Samsung Newsroom Press realease , under the new circular economy policy  Samsung announced that it Samsung Electronics to Replace Plastic Packaging with Sustainable Materials. ccording to a statement, the company said that that it will initiate the switch during the first half of the year, and aims to only use paper packaging certified by forestry initiatives by next year. From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and pap. Samsung will replace the thermoformed plastic used for holder trays for mobile phones, tablets and wearable products, with molded wood pulp packaging, and bags for wrapping accessories with eco-friendly materials. 

So what does it take to make this shift?  Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas to revamp its product packaging.

Under the company’s circular economy policy, Samsung Electronics has set a mid-term implementation plan to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives by next year. By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500,000 tonnes of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tonnes of discarded products (both figures being cumulative from 2009).

Samsung isn’t the only tech giant that has made efforts to lower its impact on the environment. In 2017, Apple released its “Paper and Packaging Strategy,” which outlined the company’s strategy in limiting its effect upon current and future forest resources er.

2019 Diet goals : How about a ‘Flexitarian’ Diet?

Was one of your 2019 year resolutions eating healthy?
What did you have for dinner last night? Might you have made a different choice if you had a simple way to compare the environmental impacts of different foods?

Well, I am not a nutrition expert but I can tell you ways of ensuring sustainability of our planet by checking what you eat! Most people do not recognise the environmental impact of their food choices.

According to the findings of EAT-Lancet Commission, we need to cut cutting our meat and sugar intakes by around 50%, and doubling the amount of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes we consume. The commission brought together 37 leading experts in nutrition, agriculture, ecology, political sciences and environmental sustainability, from 16 countries.

Did you know one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change come from food production?

To make matters worse, post harvest losses are a reality in most developing countries as we lose or throw away around one-third of all food produced. That’s enough to feed the world’s hungry four times over, every year.

So how do our food intake have to do with this? The Commission proposes a diet that is a “flexitarian” approach to eating. It’s largely composed of vegetables and fruits, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and unsaturated oils. It also includes high-quality meat, dairy and sugar, but in quantities far lower than are consumed in many wealthier societies.

So how does a planet friendly diet consists of:

  • vegetables and fruit (550g per day per day)
  • wholegrains (230 grams per day)
  • dairy products such as milk and cheese (250g per day)
  • protein sourced from plants, such as lentils, peas, nuts and soy foods (100 grams per day)
  • small quantities of fish (28 grams per day), chicken (25 grams per day) and red meat (14 grams per day)
  • eggs (1.5 per week)
  • small quantities of fats (50g per day) and sugar (30g per day).

Such a shift will also see us reduce the amount of water used during production, while reducing nitrogen and phosphorous usage and runoff. This is critical to safeguarding land and ocean resources.

With this new information what steps can I take to advancing towards a

Start now

  • Move away from producing “more” food towards producing “better food”.
  • We need to more than halve our food losses and waste.
  • Circular food systems that innovate new ways to reduce or eliminate waste through reuse will also play a significant role and will additionally open new business opportunities.

Integrating sustainability into daily business

Integrating sustainability into daily business is arguably the most vital pressures facing business in the 21st century. This is caused by externalities , global pressures even internal pressures from stakeholders that influence such a move which we will delve deeper in our next articles. Despite awareness among the business sector on the importance of incorporating sustainability practices in their day to day operations, there is considerable resistance, and debate about the types of contribution businesses should make towards achieving sustainability as there is no clear pathway of how to integrate these principles into business practice. Recently in a discussion with an executive a question was posed, “why should I integrate sustainability into my business we are doing just fine as for me this is not a priority as far as my business is concerned”.  This is not a surprising response as many companies believe that some form of business case is needed in order to demonstrate how the principles of sustainability support overall business performance.  It is important for executives to understand that they need to look beyond the current market conditions and always not possible to demonstrate cause and effect in standard business terms especially using the traditional forms of business evaluation. A business case for sustainability involves both financial and non-financial measurement and it can be built on cost reduction achieved through improved environmental, health and safety performance (less accidents, less fines, fewer lost workdays, etc.); Revenue increases achieved through gain in market share due to new environmentally sound products among other examples. There is nevertheless some evidence pointing towards a link between high standards of practice in ethical, environmental and social dimensions and overall business performance. Still have no clue or have questions on where to begin in integrating sustainability in your business? You can start easy by taking an assessment that looks into the operational side of your business by taking a b-impact assessment as it expands current measure beyond financial value to include environmental and social worth