From batteries hoarding to 3D printing recycled packages: Our top 5 most popular sustainability stories of 2017

2017 has produced some truly memorable sustainability stories from across the world. Here, we have rounded up 5 of the most popular ones from the 2degrees community.

1. Mars pledges $1 billion in sustainable supply chain to fight climate change

The world’s largest chocolate maker launched their new Sustainable in a Generation Plan – a plan to grow in ways that are good for people, good for the planet and good for our business.

We are delighted as ever to be working with Mars on Manufacture 2030, and hope to continue the good work in bringing companies together to go beyond compliance to making real and measurable improvements in their operations.


2. A whopping 178 million batteries hoarded in UK homes

New research released by the environmental charity Hubbub and compliance scheme Ecosurety reveals that six in ten people in the UK hoard batteries in their houses and millions more end up in landfill.

In heavy metal terms, the 178 million batteries are the equivalent of:

  • 28,982 Meatloafs (at his peak in the 80s he weighed 139.7kg)
  • 55,794 Ozzy Osbournes (72.57kg)
  • 1,115,814 Flying V guitars (3.62874kg)


3. 10 outstanding innovations seen from the Innovation Gateway - This is actually TWO stories in one! 

Four innovations that are greening the built environment

From gutters to gardens: Six innovations playing a part in sustainable buildings

Over the last few years, the Innovation Gateway has opened its doors to a wide range of innovation, technology and ideas that have transformed the performance of buildings around the UK. Always great to see the brightest and greatest ideas from the best SMEs / entrepreneurs! 


4. Lush’s packaging is made from recycled coffee cup fibre

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Teaming up with James Cropper 3D Products, the cosmetics brand has created sustainable packaging for its solid bath oils - made from 100% recycled coffee cup fibre, which is recyclable with household paper and naturally biodegradable.


5. Food labelling is about to get simpler

Thanks to non-profit WRAP, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra - simpler and more consistent storage and date labels will be recommended in the new set of guidance produced, which will be the industry standard amongst food manufacturers, retailers and brands.