2019 in Review: Sustainability Shifts, Leadership Trends and Focusing on Positive Action

2019- What. A. Year! Climate change has increased its profile as the biggest issue of our age with protests, campaigns and social activism pushing this agenda forward. Around the world, awareness is growing of climate change and sustainability. However leadership and action doesn't seem to be matching the pace of change required to tackle the…

The Wild World Of Carbon Offsetting

I recently attended Unleash 2019, a global innovation lab to accelerate solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals. It was held in Shenzhen, China and there were 1200 people from over 160 countries in attendance. I was super excited to attend but then realised the intense carbon footprint from air travel. The answer to the…

Waste Management Tips For Hotel Owners and Guests

Guest article by Sam Reed, a content writer at PTAC4Less, an online retailer selling new and refurbished packaged terminal air conditioners (PTAC units) since 2003 based in the USA. A hotel guest generates about two pounds of waste per day, according to the International Tourism Partnership, so recycling is a big deal for hotels. Not only is…

Two Easy Ways To Reduce Single Use Plastic When Buying Lunch

You wouldn't want to be single use plastic right now, it may just be the most hated object on the planet. Once it was hailed as the queen of convenience, enabling us to consume on the move, but its fall from grace now has us acting like it is the plague. Reality is though, plastic…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Warsaw

This was one of my favourite guides to write! Warsaw is a bustling, vibrant city with an emerging hipster scene (but not in an annoying way). They have heaps of vegan options, cute craft breweries, amazing bike paths and so many parks! The only thing I didn't love about Poland was the weather! It was…

Warsaw’s Smart Approach To City Transformation

Smart cities are becoming increasingly important as populations continue to grow. This requires better management of infrastructure and resources. Cities around the world are creating smart city strategies to ensure sustainable population growth with more efficient use of resources and increased quality of life. However, a smart city strategy is not the silver bullet for…

Talking Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a critical framework for nations around the world to create positive social and environmental change to ensure no one is left behind. Each country faces its own set of challenges and opportunities when translating the SDGs into reality. I met with a local, Turana Alieva who is building a…

The Individual’s Guide To Changing The World

A few months ago the first Planet B Insights Community Survey launched and the results have been amazing. With almost 50 responses, the data collected will help Planet B Insights to drive the next wave of growth and social change. A full summary will be released in the coming weeks, but after preliminary analysis, there…

Sustainable Travel Guide: Athens

Athens is a city of rich history, full of ruins and ancient artefacts. I reached Athens in mid August, expecting a bustling tourist hotspot. However it was more like a ghost town. Most of the locals leave Athens for the month of August and go abroad or to the local islands. There were still tourists…

The Laundry Service Restoring Dignity On The Streets Of Athens

As I walk through the streets of Athens in the middle of August, I expect to see droves of tourists unintentionally interfering with passive aggressive locals trying to go about their lives. However, the roads and footpaths seem quiet. I ask a waitress in a cafe where everyone is and she says ‘Everyone is on…