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Let’s talk about race

Race – the topic that can often be the elephant in the room and can become uncomfortable for those participating in the discussion. On the other side of that, it can be emotionally exhausting for those conducting and navigating through these difficult conversations.

Environmental thinking in the current climate

If you can remember back to the start of the New Year, the defining issue was clearly set out to be the continuation at an increasing volume and intensity of the environmental debate. Events around the globe were accumulating evidence that supports the calls for an international, globally coordinated response to the ‘climate emergency’. In the last quarter of the year COP26 was to be held in Glasgow (now postponed until 2021), and to many couldn’t come soon enough, the only concerns were around ‘would it go far enough?’

Sustainability in Mining

There has recently been much discussion regarding climate change, recycling of materials, sustainability and social responsibility. Governments are promising to plant billions of trees per year. Our food packaging cannot be recycled (so why not make packaging that can?). Coal is dirty. Hydrocarbons are polluting the atmosphere. SF6 is more harmful than methane. Unfortunately mining, which always comes in for criticism, is at the top of the hit (or the beating) list.

World Packaging Organisation judging takes place in Bali

Bali was the venue for this year’s Autumn meeting of the World Packaging Organisation, the WPO. Myself and Rachel Bayswater's primary purpose in attending was to deliver the judging session of the 2020 WorldStar awards. There is also an opportunity to network with other global professional and trade bodies with packaging, food science and related technology interests.

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