Reduce your waste
This “Waste-Not-Wednesday” strive to help you reduce the amount of waste that you produce…. here are some ideas from our brands to trust.
- Upswing with upcycling
Dare to dream of a time without landfills, when everything is recycled or composted. Too many incredible materials will either languish underground or suffer the indignity of incineration.
Established in 2005, Elvis & Kresse started making products from London Fire Brigade hoses with their “Reclaiming Heroic materials” programme. Over 200 tonnes have been saved to date with 50% of all profits going to FireFighters Charity along with an innovative use of parachute silk in shoeboxes, auction banners, printing blankets, leather and coffee & tea sacks.
- Keep it calm, cool and renewable
They’re good to their people and supply chain too. Harmful glues are avoided which makes Po-Zu shoes more breathable, durable, repairable and recyclable. Running small-scale production lines in partnership with their Portuguese factory, which upholds a strict non-toxic policy, operates on 72% renewable energy, and recycles over 95% of their industrial waste.
- Keep it refreshed
Family run in Nottinghamshire for over 30 years, Penrose Products are manufacturers of Natural Fibre Luxury bedding and soft furnishings using Alpaca fibre and Sheep’s Wool. Penrose Products only use materials that have been sustainably sourced and strives to limit waste by using every bit of fibre and fabric. Penrose is proud to have been awarded the ‘Vegetarian Society Approved” designation because all their animals go back to the paddock after shearing.
Fibre Refresh caters for all bedding cleaning needs including pillows, duvets and mattress toppers. The company offsets its fuel emissions via their carbon neutral programme. A recycling and remanufacture process, it guarantees the product will be 100% – as good as the day it was bought, whilst keeping the process entirely circular!
- Go native
Highland Partners is a luxury boutique residential real estate company with an international presence located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Highland Partners is dedicated to supporting their clients and the communities in which they live and do business. Renewable energy sources account for up to 50% of energy sources across the portfolio. This brand to trust is at the forefront of reducing environmental footprint, through the introduction of plants that look sumptuous while needing much less water than traditional grass or foliage.
Some ideas to consider:
- Extend your entertaining space outdoors. Instead of a lush water-thirsty yard, create an extension of your dining space.
- Go native! Opting for plants that are native to the environment will likely require less water as well as attract local birds, butterflies and insects that will assist in pollinating plants.
- Mix it up, keep it natural
Soneva Resorts are uniquely sensitive to their surroundings, in Thailand, Fuji and the Maldives.
74% of Soneva’s solid waste is recycled. Soneva’s yearly carbon footprint and waste management is negative 69 tons per year, which means their recycling efforts result in more carbon avoidance than produced, hence decarbonising. They have a few strategies at the heart of daily life on the resorts:
Typically, 50% of waste is organic matter. For Soneva it is as high as 70%. For this reason, handling organic waste is crucial. At Soneva Fushi, all food waste is composted using a force aeration method, which turns organic food and garden waste to nutritious soil that is reused in the herb and vegetable gardens.
At Soneva Fushi, wood waste is made into biochar and charcoal that is used at the resort. The Adam Retort oven cooks the wood, allowing us to store carbon, improve soil fertility and reduce imports of charcoal for barbecues.
The low cost of glass can make recycling uneconomic; often the cost of transport is far more than the glass is worth. For this reason, glass is crushed and mixed in cement allowing us to make designer table tops or simply just reduce the amount of cement used.
Power Cable Reels
Power cable reels are often left as waste after the cables has been used. They make use of them as they function as great tables – on remote islands like Soneva Fushi, reusing is useful as it eliminates the need to transport away the power cable reels as well as bringing in new tables.
What small change can you make?