Low-waste Solutions

Low-waste Solutions

 

Supriya Prakash Sen shares an article on the issue of consumerism and waste generation within the current capitalist-driven economy; the article also outlines steps that can be taken to improve sustainability. 

Looking at the stock market’s valuation of some of the world’s top brands- (see the below graphic from visualcapitalist.com) already, there is a distinct valuation difference between those brands that are promoting dematerialized (virtual) products and services vis a vis those with physical products. Even for the latter category we believe (and hope) that there will ultimately be a premium for those who curb their propensity for populating the planet with overmuch packaging and waste generation. Those brands that know the true meaning of sustainability and are able to add true value at a price that the consumer can afford, while still accurately reflecting the price of their production (and waste generation), will be the winners of tomorrow. As the world wakes up to the true cost of the industrial model- knowing that you can throw away but there is no ‘away’.

 

Key points in this article include:

  • Digitization
  • Disruption
  • Demonetization
  • Dematerialization
  • Democratization

 

Read the full article, A New Model for Consumerism, on LinkedIn.

 

 

Ushma Pandya addresses a most prevalent problem, and more importantly, provides strategic steps for integrating low-waste solutions into building designs.

Buildings are designed for comfort, productivity, entertaining and living. Buildings have historically not been designed to support low waste goals. However, that is changing as architects and developers have come to realize the importance of design in supporting low waste goals. A few years ago, the Zero Waste Design guidelines were developed and have been a catalyst for thinking about design and waste.

A simple example of the importance of design is the problem of collecting recyclable and organic materials (aka compost) in older office buildings. The pantries can be small and may not have a sink. There is no way to rinse recyclables and no room to put in a third bin for composting. If companies can solve the question of where to collect organic materials in their office space, the problem of where to store the compost bin in the loading dock area arises. If organic materials are not collected every day (and it may not be feasible economically), then a cold storage room is usually required to manage odors.

Without effective storage, tenants and property managers may be reluctant to embark on a composting program. The same issues arise in residential buildings where the refuse room is generally small and often does not have any room for compost bins, let alone recycle bins or any other specialty recycle bins.

 

Points covered in this article include:

  • Establishing low-waste goals
  • Understanding which key initiatives have design implications
  • Identifying space requirements

 

Read the full article, Low Waste Goals Need to Be Designed into Buildings from the Beginning, on LinkedIn.

 

 

Paul Millerd takes a look at business growth data from the 1970’s onward to build a vision of future organizations and explain how the changing business landscape will impact the work environment. 

I have studied organizations, people and motivation and am fascinated by the changes that have unfolded in my relatively short career. I’ll defer to Neils Bohr to qualify this entire piece:

‘Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future’ — Neils Bohr

Since I can’t predict the future, I promise this will contain ideas that are not fully baked. I hope you can help me improve them.

Accelerated Transformation

Most people agree that that change is happening and that the pace of change is accelerating. However, if you look around, our modern organizations are not much different than they were 20 years ago. When I talk to people and HR leaders about their organizations they share with me the feeling that something is not right and that organizations need to evolve.

I’ll get to my vision of that future, but first wanted to call out three trends that I believe are driving this uncertainty.

 

Points discussed in this article include:

  • Process excellence
  • Purpose-driven cultures
  • Adaptive technology
  • Agile teams

 

Read the full article, The Future of Work: What Winning Organizations Will Look Like in 2025, on the Boundless website.

 

From David Burnie’s company blog, an overview on how 5G will change everything, and a brief review on mobile technology to date.

5G is forecast to enable USD 12 trillion in new economic activity by 2035[1] and impact industries ranging from agriculture and forestry to finance and insurance. 5G has the potential to disrupt the way consumers, businesses and industries operate.Before we jump into the disruptive potential of 5G, let’s look at what 5G is and how it is different from previous generations of mobile technology.

 

This article includes:

-What is 5G technology?

-A brief history of mobile technology

-What is low latency?

-Why does low latency matter?

-Examples of how 5G will create new offerings and impact business models

-The final word

 

Read the full article, How 5G Changes Everything, on David Burnie’s company website.