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  1. 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

     

    3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

     

    The "3Rs" concept refers to the principles of waste reduction, reuse, recycling of resources and products. Reducing is selecting to use something with care to limit the amount of waste produced. The continued use of objects or parts of items that still have useable qualities is referred to as reusing. Recycling is the use of waste as a resource. Waste reduction may be performed more efficiently by concentrating on the first of the three Rs, "reduce," followed by "reuse," and lastly "recycle".

     

    Let's take a closer look at what reduce, reuse, recycle are.

     

    1R - REDUCE

     

    The best way to manage waste is not to produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and following a few guidelines:

    • Buy goods in bulk. Larger economy

    3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

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  2. Plastic, paper or cotton bags: which is more sustainable? 

     

    Plastic, paper or cotton bags: which is more sustainable? 

     

    Plastic pollution of the planet gradually impacts the consciousness of people. Those who want to do something for our common home and zero-waste activists are no longer considered eccentrics. It has become good practice for Gen Z, millennials, and older people to donate batteries to designated collection points, sort the trash, and not use disposable bags. 

    One easy way to make the planet healthy is to reuse shopping bags. Such string bags have already earned their popularity among fighters for the clean world: they are not expensive, almost weightless, and can even fit into a miniature bag.  

    Plastic, paper or cotton bags: which is more sustainable? 

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  3. China aims to reduce plastic pollution by 2025

     

    China aims to reduce plastic pollution by 2025

     

    On September 13, the State Committee for Development and Reforms, together with the Ministry of Ecological Environment of the PRC, unveiled a plan to combat plastic pollution for the 14th five-year plan (2021-2025).

    The Action Plan, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the PRC Ministry of Ecology and Environment, details measure to reduce the production and use of plastics, develop alternatives to plastics, and significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills and its leakage into the environment over the 14 Five-Year Plan.

    According to the plan, by 2025, key sectors such as retail, e-commerce, and express delivery should drastically reduce the unjustified use of single-use plastics.

    The country will encourage the use of alternatives

    China aims to reduce plastic pollution by 2025

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  4. The Supply Chain Corporate Due Diligence Act

     

    The Supply Chain Corporate Due Diligence Act

     

    What is the new law? 

     

    There is a growing trend around the world to enact due diligence legislation. In 2017, France became the first country to adopt a national law based on UN guidelines. In 2019, the Netherlands approved a child labor law, and the UK has a Modern Slavery Act. In the United States and Switzerland, legislation has been approved, and Hong Kong and Canada are preparing legislation. IndustriALL Global Union's IndustriAll Europe is calling for a due diligence law at the EU level.

    Germany's two ministries - the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Labor - have joined forces to enact a federal law by 2021 prohibiting child labor, non-compliance with labor laws, and violations of environmental standards

    The Supply Chain Corporate Due Diligence Act

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  5. Supply Chain Sustainability: Features and 8 Approaches to Improvement

    Supply Chain Sustainability: Features and 8 Approaches to Improvement

     

    In the global value chain, maintaining a balance between economy and high quality, environmental and social standards, reliability, and security of supply is a challenge. An increasingly close relationship between suppliers and customers is the key to creating sustainable value through reliable, high-value-added chains. At the same time, supply chains have the potential to be at serious risk.

    The management of environmental, social, and economic consequences, as well as the promotion of good management practices, are all part of a sustainable supply chain[1].

    The main goal of supply chain sustainability is for all stakeholders to create, protect, and grow long-term environmental, social, and economic value.

     

    Motivating companies

     

    Companies are motivated to work toward a sustainable supply chain for a variety of reasons. The main one is retaining old and attracting new customers. Other important reasons include risk management, the ability to manage reputation and compliance with laws and regulations while adhering to and supporting international principles of sustainable business conduct. In managing and striving to improve environmental, social, and economic performance, companies act in their own interests, the interests of their stakeholders and the interests of society as a whole.

     

    Parameters Affected by Improving Supply Chain Resilience

     

    • Consumer commitment

    Customers want to know that the brands they trust are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. This allows you to maintain customer loyalty and minimize possible risks of reputational losses, since the supply chain also affects your brand reputation.

    • Competitiveness and profitability

    Sustainable development is about preserving competitiveness, not only ethics. Companies that do not prioritize sustainability run the risk of losing out to competitors who do so.

    • Cost savings

    Ensuring the supply chain's resilience can help avoid many financial risks, including potential fines, lawsuits, and loss of customers.

    • Continuity

    A supply chain disruption can be devastating. Using vendors that do not follow best practices can lead

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  6. What sustainability means for Building materials industry

     

     

    What sustainability means for the Building materials industry?

     

     

    What is a green building?

     

    Sustainable building means using more ecological and recyclable materials in construction, it also includes reducing energy consumption and waste. The main goal of sustainable construction is to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.

    Sustainable construction does not end when the building is completed, as the building itself should have a lower environmental impact throughout its life. This means that the building design must include elements that have a permanent positive impact on the building's environmental impact. These can include proper insulation to prevent heat loss, solar panels to reduce energy consumption, and long-lasting

    What sustainability means for Building materials industry

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