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There has never been a more exciting time to be alive: From technology to travel, from food to fashion, we are overwhelmed with choice and opportunity but for a conscientious consumer who cares about the environment it can be difficult to negotiate the challenge of choice.

At work or at home how do you ensure you are choosing products that don’t cause environmental damage, are sourced sustainably, are cost effective, affordable and are what you want? We look at everything from technology to teabags…

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The team at Planet Pod are passionate but not pious – we don’t preach. While we don’t have all the answers we aim to bring you insights and ideas from people who do.

Amanda Carpenter

Amanda has a lifelong passion for the planet having been an active member of conservation groups at school and University, she spent time as a volunteer at Friends of the Earth before moving into wider conservation fields and then back into sustainability with her consultancy Achill Management. For the last 25 years she has worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes across all sectors trying to help them be more sustainable operationally, financially, strategically and environmentally.

Steve Malkin

Steve is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate of sustainability and of business being a power for good. As founder of The Planet MarkTM, which is delivered in partnership with the Eden Project, Steve helps organisations across the UK and internationally to make positive impacts on the environment and society. His work brings him into contact with people who are making tangible contributions across society and he witnesses first-hand the benefits of change. He helps share these uplifting stories through the media, events and through Planet Pod.

Jim Haywood

Jim is an ex-Royal Navy nuclear submarine engineer with engineering and technology in his veins (as well as a touch of salt!). He also has many years’ experience in the private, public and charitable sectors leading environmental and sustainability programmes. His career has included blue chip multinational corporates, the Environment Agency and Business in the Community (leading that charity’s environmental campaign on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales). Jim is now an independent sustainability consultant and works alongside Amanda as part of Achill Management.

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Specials and Shorts

Circular Economy explained by Suzannah Gore from Bioregional

What do we mean by the Circular Economy and how can the digital world of the internet, big data and innovations in advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing revolutionise our concept of waste and resources?  Listen to this Planet Pod Short to hear from Bioregional’s Suzannah Gore who explains the Circular Economy and how...

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Sustainability and the NHS by Edward van Reenen from Bywaters

Amanda talks to Edward van Reenen, Head of Health and Sustainability at Bywaters about how Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is working hard to deal with its waste streams in a more sustainable way.

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Smart Ledgers Explained by Michael Mainelli from Long Finance

Amanda talks to finance expert Michael Mainelli from Long Finance about Smart Ledgers (aka ‘Block Chain’ ledgers) and finds out why this new accounting technology is playing an increasingly important role in supporting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

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Organisations that support and sponsor Planet Pod.

Achill Management

Founded by Amanda, Achill Management work with organisations of all shapes and sizes to be more sustainable in everything they do - from their environmental footprint to people and resource management. Achill Management work with charities, businesses and local government to get the best from people, place and planet.

The Planet Mark

Founded by Steve, the Planet MarkTM combines measurement, engagement and communication and uniquely embeds relationships with the Eden Project and Cool Earth, award-winning charities that deliver positive social and environmental impacts around the world. The Plane MarkTM has been successfully adopted by organisations of all sizes across the UK and internationally. Holders of The Planet MarkTM share a common commitment to deliver positive social and environmental impacts.

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