Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Under €22 Quick Eco Guide

Christmas means time with family, friends and loved ones! Time to enjoy a well-deserved break! Its time for sharing, gifting and celebrating together with food, decorations and fun! 

All of this doesn't have to cost the Earth - really! 

We cannot afford to put more pressure on our planet with a careless throw-away culture and we don't need to spend lots of money to show we care and have a good time. 

Here's our 2021 quick eco guide, highlighting some of Coral's best Christmas-related sellers - all ethical, sustainable and with a price tag of under. €22. 



Festive decor €18

An organic decorative item made primarily from sustainably sourced olive wood and resin mini statues, this Nativity scene is a treasure of craftsmanship and organic beauty. 

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Coziness at home - €20

Luxury chemical-free soy wax candles with must-have Christmas time fragrances, such as chestnuts, gingerbread and berries, filling your home with warm winter scents.

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Children's book - €5

Elfis the Singing Elf is a funny and inspiring read-along ideal for kids between 5 and 7 years old. 

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Feast your Christmas buds - €5-22

Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free and so so yummy. Choose from mince pies, Christmas pudding, Egg Nogg, Gingerbread Latte, a new Christmas ice-cream bombe and much more!

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Reusable Gift Wrapping - €2.20

Fancy and metallic Christmas wrapping paper isn't recyclable. This year you can choose these pretty cotton reusable gift wrapping instead.

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Sunday, 24 October 2021

The Green Team

The green movement dates back from the first water pollution bill signed in 1948 and started to gain more popularity thanks to the first Earth Day celebrated in 1970. During the past couple of decates, most eco-friendly efforts were made by everyday people and a handful of large corporations - but that's now changing!

On May 14, 2019, Forbes published an article entitled 'What's good for the planet, is also good for business.' Since then, many companies around the world are increasingly responding to a more sustainable way of doing business. This also came as a result of consumer demand. According to an international survey, more than 80% of consumers respect companies and brands that adopt earth-friendly pratices.




Today, sustainability is becoming a priority for businesses. Apart from the global imperative and pressing climate issues, businesses actually profit from going green; increased customer loyalty, increased sales, improved efficiency, cost savings, tax and other schemes incentives, and a healthier workplace, amongst others.

In August 2020, Reuters commissioned a survey to understand the current pulse of workplace culture. It was discovered that 83% of workers reported that they are disappointed because their workplace was not doing enough to address climate change. Almost two-thirds (65%) of survey respondents said that they were more likely to work for a company with strong environmental policies. 

Following are some ideas for a company who wants to boost its image and attract responsilbe, conscious and dedicated employees.




The Green Team

The concept of a ‘Green Team’ is to identify a group of individuals from your workforce, ideally people who already possess certain attributes and already have the environment at heart, to help you understand how your company can be greener and more sustainable. A group of few committed individuals who are excited to take on such a role, who will automatically help spread eco-awareness with the rest of the employees.

Monthly meetups of the Green Team will help them roll out new ideas and plans to reduce your business' environmental impact and create a greener environment at the workplace, such as making the kitchenette and the bathrooms more environmentally-friendly with a reduced use of plastic, and more organic and natural products, for instance. They can also brainstorm affordable plans to save the company money and resources whilst remaining sustainable, such as reuse paper, keep printing to the minimum, and focus on energy and water efficiency. Greenifying the work place with plants, is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also helps morale and improves air quality.




One of the most eco-effective changes that you can do as a business is reduce the waste generated from your work place. Creating recycling stations in a visible area will motivate people to use them more efficiently. Usually, 4 containers are required for glass, metal, paper and recyclable plastic. You can also leave smaller containers for e-waste and used batteries. The Green Team will then be responsible of arranging for the disposal of the items correctly with the proper entity, explain the rules to the other employees, and monitor the system.

Other activities that the Green Team can organise are Meatless Mondays, or a swap of second-hand items between employees – such as garments, accessories, books or children’s toys. Alternatively, they can host a fund-raising event and donate the funds to an environmental organisation. By leveraging social media, the good use of hashtags, and keeping it fun, online fund-raisers can be truly impactful.



Mobility programmes, such as car pooling or bike-to-work, are generally very well received by employees and have an immediate benefit. There are other initiatives that seem simple and doable with minimum effort, such as switching to chemical-free and eco-friendly cleaning products for the work place, or making a list of caterers who use sustainable packaging for staff meals and parties. Your Green Team can ensure that meetings and conferences are planned with sustainability in mind, suggesting alternatives to plastic water bottles, for instance, and choosing organic and fair-trade coffee brands.

Christmas gifts can be well-thought to promote the Company’s sustainability mission. If you have a remote workforce, you can opt to send care packages to their homes, with reusable and zero waste alternatives to everyday consumables. Check out these ➡ Corporate Eco Gift Boxes.




Educational activities are a great way to raise awareness and get people invested in a cause. You could invite an expert on sustainable development to conduct a talk or a workshop for your employees. Environmental CSR outdoor activities serve as a rewarding and needed break from office routine. There are many great ideas… tree-planting, beach clean-ups, organic farm tours, etc. If you do not have the resources to organise these activities, you can refer to an Event Organiser, or ‘lend’ your employees as volunteers to an activity organised by someone else. 




A passionate and driven work force has the potential of transforming the company’s culture and create a reputation for your business that both employees and customers will be proud of. To get both employees and customers involved in your mission, you can create a pledge supporting the environment and invite them to sign it. This will inspire long-term commitment.

Millennial employees want to feel that their work matters and they are keen to work with companies they feel can make a difference. Therefore, a Company with a sustainable mission benefit from employee engagement and retainment. Likewise, modern consumers are willing to support and remain loyal to brands that show serious environmental responsibility.




Whether you combine a few of the above ideas or stick to something simple, make sure that your Green Team is engaged, but also regarded and considered. They will help you bolster a culture of sustainability in the workplace which will undoubtedly result in numerous benefits and ultimately, increased profits for the Company. This is achievable if the efforts really change how the organisation operates, alongside genuine environmental commitment. 




Monday, 27 September 2021

Go green or go home

Right now brand owners are being faced with one important choice. Go green or go home. 


All recent surveys, studies and researches direct to this one important trend - that today's customers - specifically millenials - do not want to shop for products and services that are harming the planet. Whilst some will see this is as a challenge, it is actually a great opportunity. Brands moving towards sustainability now, will become pioneers of the new normal and have better chances of consolidating their millenial market.


What does it take to make a brand sustainable? This blog post promises to give you some guidance and insights into your action plan.


1. Rewrite your mission statement

Responsible sustainable brands know that the fundamentals on which their business is made of, matter. Therefore start from the mission statement. You don't have to change it completely, but rewrite it or reword it in such a way that it will reflect your commitment to making a positive impact.


2. Define your values

There are so many ways to become more sustainable, that sometimes people get discouraged. Our advice is to focus on one or two things and make them part of your business culture. There is always time for improvement later. 


3. Re-think your packaging

Zero-waste is something that is becoming more and more popular. If you really cannot get rid of your packaging, look into more ecologically friendly alternatives for instance recycled paper, corrugated cardboard or perhaps a return and refill scheme would work for you.


4. Sourcing materials

Being transparent is a focal point that customers will appreciate and learn to come to trust you. For this reason, you need to ensure that your raw material (or ingredients) are derived from a genuine source. Research your sourcing carefully and avoid items tainted with child labor and modern day slavery.


5. Re-design your offer to extend its life

What is the life cycle of your product? What happens to it after the client has done using it? Is it recyclable? Maybe parts of it are recyclable? Can you extend its life and minimize waste? If so, make sure you educate your customers accordingly.


6. Get verified

A recognized international green stamp will help new customers recognize your professionality and commitment in being a sustainable brand. Though the verification process can be expensive at first, the return in the long run could be extremely beneficial.


7. Marketing

So you are a sustainable brand? Do you have a series of actions that make your business more environmentally-friendly than your competitors? Then don't be shy! Advertise - Advertise - Advertise. Get the word out. Consider hiring a marketeer who specialises in communication for sustainable brands.



The benefits for a sustainable business are endless. These include lower production costs, brand image, more loyal customers, and invetable increased profits.


If you'd like to learn more about this subject, we have compiled a very interested quick e-book for you entitled 'Success through Sustainability'. Get a free copy in your inbox today by signing up to our newsletter.

This ebook was purposely written for the small business-owner. It contains further insights and suggestions for a brand to go green, with small and easy steps that you can start performing immediately, and you can read about the multiple benefits in more detail. 


What else can a sustainable brand do to succeed?

In order to increase sales and grow awareness around your brand, consider joining a sustainable online marketplace community such as Coral. Be part of a community of several sustainable brands selling across Europe!

Limited time offer to join as a vendor on Coral.

No joining fees

No recurring fees

Low commission rate


Contact us now to arrange a no-obligation online chat to explain and answer your questions. Or go here to submit your eligibility request. 


Sunday, 12 September 2021

Moving towards healthier travel habits

 Guest post by Camille Bon


 
The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will celebrate its 20th edition this year. Celebrating on the week starting 16th September and ending on the 22nd of September, which is World Car Free Day, this EU wide campaign seeks to promote behavioural change in favour of active mobility, public transport and other clean, intelligent transport solutions.

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has fostered an interest in more sustainable modes of transport and brought a new perspective on our public space. Last year gave us a momentary relief from busy traffic, allowing people to enjoy streets and public spaces. Since then, not a week goes by without a new article or survey being published on this topic. First was the announcement of the pioneering Slow Streets initiative by the Local Councils Association, which aims to offer an opportunity to experience our neighbourhoods in a new way. Their goal is to make streets more people-friendly by limiting through-traffic in residential streets. Last April, Hamrun's mayor, Christian Sammut, floated the idea of making the town's main street pedestrianised. His proposal was positively welcomed by the public. Then, in June, Zejtun council announced it will be among the first local councils to introduce car-free zones in their locality.


When we know that the average car commuting journey is only 5.5km and 20 minutes long, there is great potential to encourage walking, cycling and other micro-mobility solutions as faster and cleaner alternative means of transport. According to Transport Malta, many destinations are only a 10-minute walk away from the town centre. The more we create safe and aesthetically pleasing streets, the more we will encourage people to use alternative modes of transport to move from A to B. Furthermore, it is being increasingly recognised that good quality public spaces are important for people’s wellbeing and health, both mental and physical. Pascal Smet, Secretary of State for the Brussels-Capital Region considers public space as the living room of a city: “Just like in your house, the living room is the most important room in the house”.


The question now is how to encourage walking, cycling, and other forms of physical activity in our urban areas? How can we reduce the impact of pollution and advocate for more greenery and open public spaces, promoting physical exercise, opportunity for social interaction and better mental health and well-being?



In line with this year’s theme for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2021, Project Aegle Foundation (PAF), on behalf of the EIT Urban Mobility RIS hub Malta, is organising an online seminar themed “Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility in Malta” in collaboration with Transport Malta on September 16th, from 15:30-18:00 (via Zoom and Facebook Live). Addressing policy makers, government representatives, educators and school staff, architects and urban planners, and students and professionals in the health and transport sectors, and the general public, the event includes 3 panel discussions with experts and practitioners in the field, on the following topics:
 
        How is transport impacting health in Malta?
        As a place of work or education, what can you do to promote healthier travel habits?
        What can cities do to promote active mobility to boost residents’ physical and mental health?
 
The momentum towards sustainable mobility is growing and the time to act is now! 
Learn how to encourage healthier travel habits during our online seminar here or visit PAF website or PAF on Facebook.
Camille Bon is Lead Project Manager at Project Aegle Foundation (PAF)




Tuesday, 24 August 2021

The Earth's hottest month ever recorded

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared July 2021 as the world's hottest month in the 142 years since it started keeping record. "This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe'. the NOAA Administrator said in a statement. 

(Photo: ABC Chicago)


During July 2021, news of extreme weather scenarios came from all corners of the world. Data shows that the combined land and ocean-surface temperature was 0.93°C (1.68F) above the 20th Century average of 15.8°C (60.4F). We have researched the web and put together a comprehensive list below.




EUROPE

Northern Ireland: Broke all-time heat records twice in five days

Italy: Europe's new all-time record of 48.7°C in Siciliy, plus over 800 wildfires recorded nation-wide including the island of Sardinia

Germany: Massive floods180 dead + 150 missing and a Eur400 million recovery package

Belgium: Floods causing substantial damage and landslides, 50 dead

Switzerland, The Netherlands, Luxembourg: Floods causing substantial damage

Spain: Blazing countryside and record-braking snowfall and snowstorm

UK: wettest 3-day period on record, and extreme flash floods

France: Unusual, larger and faster spreading wildfires

Greece: More than 580 wildfires caused by heatwaves

A firefighting helicopter flies in front of a thick cloud of smoke from a forest fire at Spathovouni village, Greece. The Mayor called the situation "an immense catastrophe". (Photo: Global Citizen)

Damaged houses are seen at the Ahr River, Germany. 148 litres of rain per m2 fell in 48 hours, compared to the 82 litres that are normally expected in the month of July. (Photo: Global Citizen)

 
Heavy downpours and thunderstorms have caused severe flash flooding in parts of London. Tube and rail networks suspended after a month's worth of rain in a day. (Photo: The Telegraph)



AMERICA

California: Extreme heatwaves 53°C and devastating wildfires

Canada: Heat dome 50°C and wildfires

North America: Extreme heatwave, 840 dead and wildfires

Texas: Extreme low temperature of -13°C, 210 people dead

Oregon: One of the largest blazes in history, hundreds of homes consumed by the flames and thousands evacuated

Mexico: Heavy rains, severe flooding and a long-term drought

Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands (Caribbean): Storm Elsa caused relentless storms and mass flooding

Brazil: Extremely rare snowfall with huge risks for crops

The Andes Mountain range, in South America, is facing historically low snowfall during a decade-long drought that scientists link to global warming. (Photo: Reuters)

There are currently 86 active large fires across 12 U.S. states, as more than 22,000 firefighters are battling the blazes that have so far burned over 1.5 million acres. (Photo: Newsweek)

Disaster is brewing in Brazil as the world's coffee supply is at risk as temperature plunge and snow falls, also threatening sugarcane and orange cops with frost. (Photo: Gizmodo)
 


ASIA

Turkey: Record high temperatures, devastating wildfires and floods

Japan: Severe weather with torrential rains, strong winds, landslides and flooding

Russia: 1.5 million hectares of forest in Siberia on fire, and record temperatures in Moscow 34.8°C

Nepal: Heavy rainfall triggering flooding and landslides

Oman: Heavy rains and severe floods

China: 60 dead and 1+ million evacuated due to deadly floods caused by a typhoon, and the worst sandstorm/duststorm in a decade

India: Extreme floods in various states, 200 dead

Iraq: Strong heatwave 50°C causing loss of electricity

Iran, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece: Floods causing substantial damage

The National Disaster Response Force rescuing people in Maharashtra, India, where heavy monsoon downpours caused landslides, flooding and killed at least 180 people. (Photo: Global Citizen)


A huge search and rescue operation is underway in north of Turkey, after dramatic flash foods killed at least 77 people. The country is also battling huge wildfires in the south. (Photo: Global Citizen)

China was hit by 2 major events in July; floods in Henan province left 73 people dead and a typhoon in Zhejiang province that caused $516 million in damage. (Photo: Bloomberg)


AUSTRALASIA

Fiji: Two cyclones in a row

New Zealand: Floods causing substantial damage

New South Wales: Extreme flooding, thousands of evacuations

Australia: Coldest weather in 17 years in Queensland


Major roads turned into lakes across Perth as they were deluged by flash flooding, leading to almost 700 calls to the State Emergency Service for help. (Photo: The West)


AFRICA

Algeria - Forest fires killing at least 65 people

Nigeria: Floods causing substantial damage

Madagascar: Worst drought in 40 years; famine effecting 1+ million people

South Africa: Rare and unusual snowfall twice in a month

Ghana & Ethiopia: Below-average rainfall results in abnormal dryness

Firefighters battle more than 30 blazes amid blistering temperatures in Algeria, killing at least 65 people including 28 soldiers deployed to help the firefighters. (Photo: News Central Africa)



Meanwhile, in August 2021, rain fell for the first time on record on the snowy summit of Greenland, where tempreatures rose above freezing for the third time in less than a decade. The result was a loss of ice mass which is seven times higher than the daily average for this time of year. 


Collapsology

According to Sir John Beddington, England's Chief Scientist Advisor and author of 'A Perfect Storm', by 2030, the world will be dealing with an increase of 33% in population (6bn to 8bn); a 30% demand for water, a 40% demand for energy, and a 50% demand for food; challenges which we will need to face and find a solution for, amidst natural disasters, 50 million climate change refugees, deadly diseases, failed states and economic instability. 

The term collapsology refers to the collapse of societies and of industrial civilization; a likely consequence, unless drastic measures are implemented immediately to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. 



We were warned

"All of this was predicted in climate science decades ago" says John P. Holdren, a Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government. The reason why this alarming news went mostly unnoticed was because of the interference of the oil industry, that deliberately manipulated and distorted scientific evidence, and spent millions in climate hoax campaigns. Instilling doubt was enough to convince people that it might not be true. If you'd like to read more about this subject, we recommend this BBC article.  


On the 10th of August, 2021, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), issued the 'Sixth Assessment Report'. In this landmark report, the world's top climate scientists are warning that Earth is headed toward unprecedented warming. They believe that in order to prevent the worst effects, the Earth needs a drastic U-turn away from the use of fossil fuels. 

This report is accessible to the general public and it explains the science in plain language and you can read it here.



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Sources:

https://www.noaa.gov/news/its-official-july-2021-was-earths-hottest-month-on-record?fbclid=IwAR1uvI6IiMZAXdrf2IVxirGgnAplf9a5gmbovB8E3i68zg1YWcz5-E3OcPQ

https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/environment/953574/worlds-most-extreme-weather-events-2021

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/turkey-china-canada-photos-extreme-weather-climate/

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/19/weather/greenland-summit-rain-climate-change/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-58208792