Behaviour

“Plastic: The End of the Affair?” – Planet Pod talks to Laure Cucuron of TerraCycle and Hubbub’s Saskia Restorick

Is our long term love affair with plastic finally over? Have we woken up as a country to the damage plastic does to our lives, our homes, our planet and our health …… or are we still in this toxic love affair with the single use water bottle?
 
In our Valentines episode we talk with Saskia Restorick from Hubbub and Laure Cucuron from TerraCycle about how much progress we have really made  to change our ways or are we still dependent on plastic in packaging in shops in the workplace. We discuss the Waitrose £1million plastic bag fund and how you can tackle the scourge of crisp packets – join us and give plastic the “Dear John” treatment!

Our guests:

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Saskia Restorick has spent her career creating sustainable behaviour change both in the corporate sector (leading Accenture UK’s environment programme) and in the charity sector: at Global Action Plan, the Sustainable Restaurant Association and currently at Hubbub where she has worked closely with IKEA to deliver the transformative Live LAGOM project enabling thousands of IKEA customers and co-workers to live more sustainably at home.

Hubbub is working in partnership with Waitrose and Partners with the recently announced Plan Plastic: The Million Pound Challenge which aims to cut plastic pollution in the UK, reducing the amount of unnecessary plastic used and by tackling littered plastic. This fund will give grants between £150,000 to £300,000 to innovative projects that rethink how we all use and dispose of plastic. The fund is looking for a small number of projects to support over one year, starting in April 2019 and aims to fund projects which will have a significant measurable impact on plastic pollution (now or in the future), and a clear legacy.  All learnings, results and outputs will be openly shared to enable others to build on, replicate and amplify the impact.

Link:

www.planplasticfund.com

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Laure Cucuron is the General Manager of TerraCycle Europe, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable post-consumer and post-industrial waste. In 21 countries, TerraCycle creates national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration, in collaboration with the world’s largest brands (e.g. BIC, JDE, P&G) and retailers (e.g. Tesco, Carrefour).

Through TerraCycle, Laure is pioneering a new waste management process across TerraCycle’s 12 European markets in a period of real innovation and exciting growth for the business.  This process involves manufacturers, retailers and consumers, to create circular solutions for materials such as food packaging, laboratory waste, coffee capsules, cigarette waste and even beach plastics that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.

In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers announced a new e-commerce shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launching in May 2019 in the US and France where the retailer will be Carrefour, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single use’ consumption.  Loop is scheduled to launch in the UK in Q4 2019 where the retail partner will be Tesco.

Link:

www.terracycle.eu

 

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Planet Pod visits BedZed and talks One Planet Living with Bioregional’s Sue Riddlestone and Suzannah Gore

Amanda braves the snowy weather and visits BedZed – the pioneering low carbon housing and community development in Sutton – where she is joined in conversation by Sue Riddlestone, CEO Biogregional and Suzannah Gore, Project Manager, to talk about sustainable consumption and production, One Planet Living and the circular economy (as well as using soap instead of shampoo and the quiet revolution in garden centres at B&Q!)

 

Our guests:

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Sue Riddlestone co-founded Bioregional’s One Planet Living initiative in 2003 after Bioregional initiated and worked with others to create the BedZED eco-village in South London. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are also very close to her heart. After five years of work on the UN process to secure the SDGs – and being the official NGO global focal point for successful efforts to include the goal of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) – her work to implement the SDGs continues through the Transform Together network, which focuses on SCP, and other initiatives.

Suzannah Gore

Suzannah Gore manages projects that help businesses shift towards the circular economy and more sustainable consumption and production, in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 12. She has worked with home improvement company Kingfisher to develop criteria, guidance and roadmaps to improve the sustainability of its products. She also works with other companies including M&S, Nando’s and innocent on a range of projects covering sustainability data monitoring, supply chain research, sustainable procurement and developing tools to help implement circular economy principles.

 

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Planet Pod talks Healthy Workspaces with Ben McGuire, Philippa Gill and Dr Carole Pemberton

Did you know that standing barefoot on grass increases feel-good endorphins?  Coming back to work after a break can often be a bit of a shock, so we might all welcome some coping hints and tips to deal with the stresses and strains of our personal and professional lives.  In this Planet Pod episode, our host Amanda Carpenter talks about healthy workspaces to guests Ben McGuire – Innovation and Business Change Director at law firm Simmons & Simmons, Phillipa Gill – Partner at Verdextra and Dr Carole Pemberton – Resilience expert and author.  Together they shine a light on how we can all become more resilient to the challenges of daily life.

 

Our guests:

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Dr Carole Pemberton is an executive coach, researcher, author and Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at Ulster University.  She developed her interest in resilience through working with individuals whose resilience had been tested by the demands of their work.  She works with senior leaders in the private and public sector as well as leaders of humanitarian organisations working in areas of high risk.  Alongside her 1:1 work she develops resilience programmes for corporate settings and develops internal and external coaches to be able to work with resilience issues.

She is the author of Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches, as well as being a regular contributor to the media on the topic.

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Philippa Gill joined Verdextra in 2015.  She has over 15 years’ experience in private equity and real estate operations, and before joining Verdextra, she was global co-head of sustainability for a large property company.  Nowadays, Philippa finds herself working on ground-breaking projects focused on human beings in the built environment, with features such as the circular economy and the role of technology front and centre.

 

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Ben McGuire is the Innovation & Business Change Director at leading international law firm Simmons and Simmons. He is responsible to the Managing Partner for the execution of the firm’s strategy in three key areas – innovation and new business, service excellence and the delivery of strategic projects. Prior to joining the firm, Ben was COO of the Takeover Panel for two and half years having transitioned out of the British Army via an MBA (with Distinction) at Warwick Business School.

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Planet Pod talks Sustainable Living and Christmas Giving with Caroline Arnold at Bore Place

Join Amanda and Jim in conversation with Caroline Arnold – Director of Bore Place, and Tom Forward – Education Coordinator at this inspirational sustainable working farm and community in the heart of the Kent Countryside. You can almost taste the freshly pulled leeks, feel the squelch of the mud and smell the breath of the cows as our producer Jim gets well acquainted with the organic dairy herd!

Planet Pod goes Gold in Bristol and talks sustainable food with Jane Stevenson, Sara Venn, Heather Mack, Jennifer Best and Angela Raffle

Q: What can you do with 9 tonnes of Pumpkins? A: Make curry, of course!

This and other questions were on the menu when we sat around the table to chat about sustainable food and how Bristol is going for Gold as a Sustainable Food City with our guests Jane Stevenson – chair of the Bristol Food Network, Sara Venn – head of Incredible Edible Bristol, Jennifer Best – co-Director of award winning Bristol restaurant Poco (winner of most sustainable restaurant of the year 2018), Heather Mack from the sustainable food campaigning organisation Feedback’s and public health expert Dr Angela Raffle from the University of Bristol.

We talk food love and reconnecting with our sense of the seasons – and of course Pumpkins!  See below for a mouth-watering recipe. 

LINKS:
Bristol Food Network

Bristol Food Alliance

Sustainable Food Cities (to find a city near you which is a member of the SFC network)

Feedback sustainable food campaign

Incredible Edible Bristol

With thanks to Heather Mack, here is a yummy Pumpkin Curry recipe for using up all those pumpkins!! :

(Dependent on the size of the pumpkin – serves roughly 4).

1 pumpkin (or as much pumpkin as you want)
2 onions – Diced
4 bulbs of garlic
3cm of ginger
4tsp garam masala (or more to taste) + cumin seeds or anything else you really like.
1 can coconut milk
Any other veg that needs using up.
 
Fry onions till they begin to brown, then add onion and garlic, after 1 minute add spices, pumpkin and any hard vegetables. Add coconut milk and enough water to cover vegetables, simmer for 10 minutes then add any softer vegetables. Once pumpkin is soft spoon out 1/2 the sauce and 1/2 the pumpkin (and any other root veg) and blend. Add back to the pan, season and serve with rice or naan.

Our guests:

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Jennifer Best is co-owner of Poco, a British seasonal tapas restaurant in the heart of Stokes Croft. Poco’s mission is to be a part of a positive change in the food system and to contribute to a more sustainable future. Ethical sourcing, strict waste management, and staff training and welfare are amongst the company’s forward-thinking policies that made Poco the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’ in 2016 and 2018.

Jennifer is also on the Advisory Board for Catalyse Change CIC, an organisation that supports girls and young women to become change-makers and leaders in the Green Economy.

Sara Venn

Sara Venn runs Incredible Edible Bristol which is part of the worldwide Incredible Edible movement, bringing communities together and supporting a kinder and more connected city using food and growing as a trojan horse to do this. We work with communities, listening to their ideas and supporting them to come into fruition, gently teaching the rabidly disappearing skills of good horticulture and growing as we go, as well as offering other support as the communities need them. Within that we also run a few garden in the city centre from our central team, bringing food to approx 20 city centre spaces, and gently supporting the idea of edible landscapes

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Jane Stevenson is Chair of Bristol Food Network, a Community Interest Company which supports, informs and connects individuals, community projects, organisations and businesses who share a vision to transform Bristol into a sustainable food city.

Angela Raffle

Dr Angela Raffle qualified in medicine in 1980 and became a national and international figure in the world of health screening programmes. in 2008 she joined Transition Bristol volunteers, leading her into Bristol’s food movement, helping with the ‘Who Feeds Bristol’ report, Bristol Food Policy Council and The Community Farm CSA in the Chew Valley, where she is chair of the management committee.  She is a big fan of the Transition Movement and the philosophy of ‘start with your self’.

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Heather Mack is interested in all aspects of food waste, and sustainable food in Bristol, starting off with FoodCycle she spent a lot of time redistributing and cooking with food that would have gone to waste. She’s now helping the Bristol Food Network plan the community engagement activities to reduce food waste as part of our bid to be a Gold Sustainable Food City. She also works for Feedback, a sustainable food campaigning organisation, running the Gleaning network for the West of England, they rescue fruit and veg that would have been wasted on farmers fields.

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