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Noel Morrin, Executive Vice President for Sustainability at Stora Enso writes: "Here's a bold statement but, we think, a true one: anything made from fossil-fuel materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow. That means a future where there are sustainable alternatives to plastics, created from the fibres from the forest.

Efforts to monitor and manage the impacts of the tropical forestry sector are being hindered, due to many companies failing to accurately disclose where they operate – leaving biodiverse forests at risk of unsustainable exploitation. This is just one finding of an in-depth evaluation of forestry companies, published by ZSL - the Zoological Society of London.

Suranga Herath, CEO of English Tea Shop and winner of the National Business Award for Sustainability in 2017, gives his view on business and greenwash .......

Stora Enso, a Finnish headquarted company who aim to replace fossil-based materials by developing products based mostly on wood, has launched 'Lineo' a bio-based lignin as a renewable replacement for oil-based glue. Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree.

As an intial bid to phase out single use plastic packaging, the British Museum are introducing impulse bags of sweets which are wrapped in compostable, transparent packaging which breaks down and disappears in soil in six to 12 weeks.  Regular biodegradable bags can take decades to degrade and can leave a residue in the soil.

Britain's largest modern forest, situated in the Ochil Hills of central Scotland, has been praised as the way forward by the UK's Environment Secretary for mixing successful commercial timber production with habitats for endangered wildlife and recreational amenties.

Jack Cornick, Team Leader Health, Safety & Construction at recruitment consultancy Allen & York, looks at the jobs market and current skills trends as the Ecobuild 2018 show nears....

The world's largest indoor waterfall - as tall as the Niagra Falls - will form part of an ecological attraction as the Eden Project moved towards establishing its first overseas attraction during Prime Minister Theresa May's recent trade delegation to China.

Vanden Recycling give their professional insight into the issue of tackling hard to recycle plastics, outlining changes needed in policy, legislation, design, behaviours and processes....

Josh Blanchard, Ecology Lead Consultant at recruitment specialist Allen & York, looks at the current environmental jobs market, focusing on opportunities, skills-shortages and areas of strong demand for 2017/18.

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