Video: Talking about Fashion Sustainability

Today I would like to recommend this video below on the topic of Fashion Sustainability.

Stella McCartney and Dame Ellen MacArthur are discussing fashion sustainability on the BBC newsnight program just 2 weeks ago.

Have a good weekend everyone.

What is the best term for responsible business practice?

Several weeks back I started a poll on the question what you thought would be the best term for responsible business practice.

In total we had 117 votes with a result which was surprising to see in my opinion. The most popular term with a total of 25 votes was Corporate Responsibility (CR) (21%) followed by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (21 votes, 18%), then Corporate Sustainability (19 votes, 16%), Corporate Citizenship (18 votes, 15%) and Sustainability with 14 votes and 12%.

So what can we take away from this result?

One point is crystal clear in my opinion. Responsible business practice is still being associated with too many different terms.

I think there are two different interpretations of this result:

Good development: This is good as it shows that different people and cultures have different terms to express responsible business practice. And different terms do not mean different things for these people just that companies need to be more responsible.

Confusion: This is not a good development as the usage of so many different terms just confuses everyone. This result is a sign of this. In order to limit this confusion one or at most two terms should be the preferred terms to be associated with responsible business practice.

I personally only use the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability but this seems to vary most individuals and therefore believe that the second interpretation is more fitting.

Maybe this is a good thing as well? I am not so sure. What do you think about these results? How do interpret them?

Video: Death, decomposition and Sustainability

Have a ever considered the relationship between composting, human burials and even Sustainability?

I have not before I saw this TED video today. It is a topic that not many people actually feel comfortable to talk about. But it is worth talking about in my view. Especially if you are Sustainability-minded person and have been through losing a loved one.

Here Katrina Spade “discusses “recomposition” — a system that uses the natural decomposition process to turn our deceased into life-giving soil, honoring both the earth and the departed.” (Source:TED)

All hope is not lost for Sustainability – Start with your own Sustainability idea

The past months have been difficult for the anyone trying to promote the idea of Sustainability to say the least.

It seems that in Europe, Brexit and the refugee crisis are overshadowing any kind of willingness to talk about our common sustainable future.

The US has been crippled by the Trump presidency and has a much bigger leadership problem then anyone ever expected it seems.

The rest of the world is just watching on what is going in these two key areas of our globe. No proactive Sustainability leadership is to be seen anywhere.

So where next for the Sustainability idea? Well that is a very good question. And I am afraid I do not know where all of these developments will lead us.

When we listen to the overall scientific views on Climate Change we can safely say that all seems to be lost. Scientists recommend an immediate change of behavior to change our certain climate doom. But this change of behavior seems unrealistic as well looking at the geopolitical developments.

So where does this leave us really?

There is only one choice really if we are honest: We need to fight for what we believe is our common future. And this starts at your own personal level. Forget about the global or national mood or action. Start at your family level and make a change.

The future for me and my family starts with my closest family members. If we as a family start to change our ways and live the idea of a more sustainable future we ARE MAKING A CHANGE.

So lets just step back for a minute and ignore the current global issues and focus on what we can do to live a more sustainable life. To work to make our own personal Sustainability idea reality in our own little environment.

Imagine what an impact we would have if thousands and thousands of people would be doing that from today onwards.

There is a German saying:”Hope dies last”. And I believe that is exactly what we need to believe in now. All is not lost as long as we do not give up and let opportunists, fear-mongers and racists tell us what our future holds in store!

3 useful articles on Electric Vehicles (EV) future outlook

We have two cars in our family. I am proud to say that both are hybrid vehicles. This fact might show you that I am not a petrol head! Quite the opposite. 

Eventually we as a family will convert to electric vehicles (EV) one day. But so far there are few alternatives to realistically switch to 2 pure EV’s when you take our family’s annual travel distances into consideration (Holiday trips with the car exceeding 500 km, family size of 4+, a non reliable charging points network in Europe and fairly long charging duration per charge while on a trip).

Fortunately things are changing. That is why I wanted to share 3 current news items on EV developments I found interesting. Here they are:

A related article if interest:

If you have another other interesting EV articles please let me know.

Picture Credit: Richard Masoner