Coffee – the second most traded commodity in the world! Coffee & Community shared learning event


Last Thursday, Cynnal Cymru hosted our first shared learning event of 2017 around the theme of Coffee and Community. The event which took place in Cardiff Metropolitan University brought together three speakers around one key theme – Coffee and addressed the subject from three different angles – Source, Society and Ground.


Size of Wales

The first speaker was the Director of Size of Wales climate change charity, Claire Raisin who spoke about the supply chain of tea and coffee around the world. Size of Wales is a charity that aims to sustain a tropical rainforest twice the size of Wales, to prevent deforestation with the aim to mitigate climate change. Claire began the event by discussing the global consequences of actions taken by people in Wales demonstrating the power of the consumer. Claire promoted certifications which provide an accreditation for products which undertake ethical practices such as Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance. A commitment to purchasing Fairtrade coffee can have big consequences throughout the supply chain and improve the lives of coffee farmers in developing countries. The Welsh Government has been committed to purchasing Fairtrade since 2008, when Wales became the first Fairtrade nation. This has consequently led to Ferrari’s, the oldest coffee company in Wales sourcing Fairtrade Coffee to supply the coffee for the Welsh Government. Many developing countries throughout the world rely on coffee production for a significant proportion of their income, in fact 125 million people throughout the world relying on coffee for their livelihoods however the profit is not fairly distributed throughout the supply chain. Coffee is a very susceptible to weather, disease and climate change and therefore Size of Wales support specific projects around the world. One of their projects is in Mbale in East Uganda where agriculture is their primary economic activity and 80% of the population live in poverty. Size of Wales works with MBALE Coalition Against Poverty to support female coffee growers to work and bring in an income so they can have a say on how their family income is spent.  Climate change, deforestation and coffee are inexplicably interlinked. At current rates, we will continue to need more land to grow coffee which is likely to cause deforestation. It is therefore important to make informed decisions about the coffee we purchase every day.


Cardiff Metropolitan University


Cardiff Metropolitan University have taken the initiative to try and reduce the amount of coffee cups sent to landfill. After it was revealed in 2016 that only one in 400 coffee cups are recycled in the UK as coffee cups consist of a difficult-to- recycle mix of paper and plastic, the university has decided to introduce refillable cups. Every year the UK throws away about 2.5 billion coffee cups so they are encourage students to purchase and then reuse a plastic reusable cup on campus. Students and staff who purchase the cups and bring a clean cup with them to the shops on campus will receive a 10% discount on the tea and coffee purchased. The catering team and sustainability group within the university hope this will reduce the waste that is sent to landfill. They achieved a first in the People and Planet green league last year, coming first for the most sustainable University in Wales.


Green Cup

Green Cup are a full service coffee supplier which operate under a circular economy framework – they roast the coffee and recycle the products. From its inception, Green Cup coffee wanted to take responsibility for their supply chain. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil with individuals in the UK drinking on average 3kg each of coffee a year. One cup of coffee produces 50g worth of Carbon Dioxide with most of the CO2 being produced during the growing process.  The business focus of Green Cup is recycling the coffee waste and upcycle the waste in to materials and products that will last a long time. Google were Green Cups first client where a Coffee Laboratory was set up in the offices with coffee machines and tables made out of recycled coffee beans. Customers of Green Cup also include pubs in the Gower in Wales and Wyevale Garden Centres across the UK where the cafes have been transformed in to a space where people understand where their coffee comes from and how to use the waste products. Green cup is an entirely different coffee company that encourages suppliers to look at the whole picture of coffee and embrace doing things differently.

Attendees at the event included business owners of local coffee shops around Wales, university and college catering teams and biotech companies interested in finding out more how to undertake more responsible and sustainable practices. The event was one of the shared learning events hosted by Cynnal Cymru on current, relevant issues in Wales and provided an opportunity for discussion and networking. The Coffee event was recorded by BBC Radio Wales and a radio show about coffee presented by Simon Wright will be on Radio Wales on Saturday 22nd November.

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Tailoring the Fashion Industry: The Power of Supply Chains

[:en]by Carly Morgan

On the 30th November, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales’ welcomed four pioneers from the fashion industry to explore key issues along the supply chain in our latest event, ‘Tailoring the Fashion Industry: The Power of Supply Chains’. Our guest speakers approached the discussion from four different perspectives: academic, entrepreneurial, operational and aspirational; providing a comprehensive and insightful journey through one of the world’s most ubiquitous, yet shadowed industries and demonstrated the revolutionary action that is needed to disrupt business-as-usual.


Sally Grant – Designing with protectiveness in mind


Sustainable Fashion isn’t an instant hit – humans need time to digest the concept in order to adapt our perceptions and consumption choices. To address this, Sally embeds nature into her curriculum, and takes her students on regular outings in order to get inspiration, emphasizing the local and global dialogue and familiarizing them with the value and fragility of our world. As a result, one of her students interested in natural dye research set up a dye garden and researching unit; experimenting with natural dye in the kitchen. This approach to teaching is a leap towards cultivating contemplative and globally-aware leaders for the future, guiding the new generation into embodying the concept of sustainability, and fabricating these values and attitudes into their work.

“Fashion is an amazing global communicator – which can unify and connect people of different cultures and values, where politics cannot”.

Sally Grant, a Senior Textiles Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University. As a BA Smart Textiles Master, she bases her research on fashionable, wearable technology. Sally discussed how textiles apply to wider industries other than Fashion, exploring the mythological aspect of protectiveness and how important it is to consider long term commitment to sustainability. 



Alexandra Wall – Xandra Jane – brand values, ethics and transparency of supply chain

alexandra wall

Alexandra’s story starts with her own experience as a fashion intern in the competitive, haute couture industry where she experienced unfair treatment and a wasteful approach to design. This experience has shaped her values and approach to setting up a business that is both high end, ethical and transparent. Her focus is on producing zero waste garments that tell a story of how they were made.

The Xandra Jane line explores sustainable design and techniques through zero waste processing and up cycling unloved garments into high end, unique luxury. She ensures efficient Yarn usage through employing a ‘pattern cutting’ method in the garment production, which optimizes the material and minimizes waste. The line also addresses the importance of transparency and accountability by being 100% traceable and sourced within the UK, naming the people who are involved in the production of the clothes. Xandra Jane also explores gender fluidity and equality, positioning each garment as androgynous and available to all.  In 2017 her new Spring & Summer line will be released to advocate upcycling, in an attempt to destroy the taboo of second hand clothes. ‘Crys’ (which is Welsh for ‘Shirt’) is looking to transform shirts into backpacks – embodying the idea of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Sustainability and ethics can be high end and the industry could do a lot more to encourage this. Check out her collection here:

‘We need to stop competing and start supporting in all areas of business’’


Charles Ross – changing the Lens


Consuming has increasingly become a leisure activity; emotions and self-identity can be the driving force of our consumption habits. In Britain, adults spend £1000 on garments every year, which makes the market worth £50 billion. According to WRAP, the average number of clothing items owned by UK adults is 115. That’s a total of 5,744,000,000 in the UK; nearly as many pieces of clothing as there are people in the world.  The ‘Going Green’ campaign has been greenwashed by marketers to the extent that it’s no longer effective – people have become desensitized to its meaning, and therefore have no emotional involvement with its connotations.

Buy Once, Buy Right.

“There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper. The people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do” – John Ruskin

Charles is an expert in the world of textiles, specialising in Performance Sportswear Design. He’s a member of the Sustainability Working Team of the European Outdoor Group, and of WRAP’s Influencing Consumer Behaviour Committee. One of his many interests lie with the trade-off between the function and fantasy of fashion. 


Cecile Martin, WRAP UK

CecileMartin WRAP

Rethink, Re-invent, And Re-define: –WRAP has published the sustainable clothing guide to advise the public on how to make their clothes last longer, and to draw attention to the ongoing issue of fast fashion. WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, (SCAP) 2020 Commitment has 80+ high end signatories such as ASOS, John Lewis, Ted Baker to name a few. They’ve significantly influenced product design through to creating textiles and clothing, focusing on the concept stage while examining opportunities for encouraging early, impactful design decisions.


Cecile is the Textiles Technical Specialist for WRAP UK, whose vision is a world in which all resources are used sustainably. Cecile works with leading clothing brands to drive more resource efficient behaviour and provides guidance for strategy and design which helps businesses successfully take action to reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints. Cecile’s primary focus is finding practical ways to extend the useful life of clothes and helping companies connect their sustainability work with consumers’ needs, through WRAP’s consumer-facing campaign Love Your Clothes.

View the storify here. 


Explore further:

Huit Denim is a Sportswear brand using Organic Cotton on a large scale – denim products that last a lifetime. They have Exhibition of work in national botanical gardens.

Lucy Orta was heavily involved in providing clothes for the refugee War in 1992-1998, and explored the concept of wearing your environment.

Assin Yaki is a Japanese Designer who experienced the Hiroshoma Disaster which killed his family. He went to Paris during the 60’s riots, and developed technology which used plastic bottles to create sportswear designs.

Cathy Treadway looks into ‘designing for happiness’ which seeks to help people with dementia and their families.

Jen Evans was the Student Entrepreneur of the Year (Wales) for her venture ‘Jenny Evnas Designs’, which uses upcycled and second hand materials, from old showroom fabric books to repurposed scarves.

Patagonia is a pioneering brand who proposed the Common Threads Initiative with the real solution: Reduce, Repair and Reuse before you recycle. They offer their staff numerous voluntary opportunities, and take pride in their ethical supply chain.

Haglofs & Houdini: Leasing models for clothing, reducing waste and overproduction

Howies / Repairing your clothes and workshops to demonstrate this

Gift your Gear: Outdoor clothes charity which asks the public to donate their unwanted or unused outdoor wear to youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

Vivienne Westwood: Buy less, choose well, make it last.

Upcycling – Evlis & Kresse, Made by Scavenger, Freitag, Arc’teryx Birds Nest Project, Outdoor Waste Lab

Down-cycling: Worn Again, Amaterrace, Finisterre, Eco Circle / EcoNyl / Ecodear

Annie Leonard, the Story of Stuff

‘The Great Recovery’ – Redesigning the future

‘Do Wales’ – July 6th – 9th Abbey ‘Road of Mind’

Further Reading:


EUCAP: The European equivalent of the SCAP 2020, with higher focus on durability of materials.


‘Let My People Go Surfing’ – Yvon Chouinard


Cynnal Connect shared learning & events for 2017


Join us in the New Year for a range of shared learning and networking opportunities designed to connect, inform and inspire.

From our monthly networking lunches combined with our new Well-being Now training to our Business Leadership for Sustainable Development professional training, we offer a range of opportunities to help your business grow.

Highlights of our events are listed below or you can download the Cynnal Connect Jan to Mar 2017.


smart cities


Population growth and resource constraints mean that cities are being driven to provide services in a smarter and more integrated manner that deliver low carbon adaptive solutions.

This event will explore what Smart means now in Cardiff and the emerging themes for policymakers of Smart People need Smart Places: infrastructure and technologies integration; exploiting the economic potential of Smart; financing change and the value of new public-private partnerships/collaborations.

FREE for UK BCSD members

Non members £50.00

10% discount for Cynnal Cymru members. Get in touch for your discount code.

Buy your tickets here.



Join us for the first monthly networking lunch of the year  in our Cardiff Bay, with a fantastic low  carbon lunch provided by Cater Natur.

This event is an opportunity to share your plans for the New Year and connect with organisations and individuals passionate about creating a more sustainable Wales.

Free for newcomers & members | £9.99 non-members

Book your place here. 



11:30 – 12:30 | Cardiff Bay

Includes a our free networking lunch

Recent legislation, unique to Wales under the devolution settlement, has created a framework and opportunity for all sectors and communities.

We can become a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, well-educated, and enterprising society, thriving within environmental limits.

Book your place now. 




Three speakers, two hours, one topic
2 – 4pm | Cardiff Metropolitan University

Source – Exploring ethical supply chains and the impact of our thirst for coffee on growing communities. How can we consume responsibly?

Society – What are the benefits of coffee to communities?

Ground – Looking at how the waste materials that come from our consumption be minimised or used more productively.

Tickets: £10.00 members | £15:00 non members

Book your tickets now.



Are you responsible for developing the sustainability approach for your organisation? 

Our 12 week course for work-based learners is certified by Cardiff Metropolitan University. This level four course will help you to develop the skills to lead change in your organisation and provides practical support for developing your sustainability strategy and action plan.

Our next course starts in February 2017  and can be arranged to work with your work and personal schedule.

For more information contact:[:]

Cardiff Met named as top university in Wales in this year’s People and Planet Green League 2016

[:en]Cardiff Metropolitan University are celebrating being named the top university in Wales in this year’s People and Planet League 2016 and placing fourth out of 150 universities in the UK.

They have risen from second in Wales and 19th in the UK in the League, which ranks UK universities on their environmental and social justice performance.

Hannah Smith, Co-Director of Campaigns and Research at People & Planet, commented: “Cardiff Met has leapt up the People & Planet University League to the top spot in Wales and 4th in the UK – an achievement to celebrate proudly!

“Cardiff Met has laid a foundation for sustainability across the university by setting robust and transparent strategy and by resourcing a team dedicated to environmental improvements.

“People & Planet rate Cardiff Met as one of the UK’s most progressive universities for environmental and ethical standards.”

Vice-Chancellor Cara Aitchison congratulated all those involved, saying: “This is great news for the University and testament to the dedication of staff and students to the environment and local community.

“We have always been and continue to be a forward thinking university and to be acknowledged for our exemplary policies is very encouraging.”[:]

Survey: almost two thirds say Welsh government should invest more in energy efficiency and make Wales 100% renewable

[:en]100 days since the new Welsh Government was formed, a survey for WWF Cymru has found that almost two thirds of people want the Welsh Government to invest more in improving the energy efficiency of homes.

The survey also found that almost the same amount of people wants all of Wales’ electricity to come from renewable sources.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will publish his Programme for Government during the next few weeks and the focus is likely to be on how Wales adapts to Brexit.

WWF is calling on the Government not to side-line investment in reducing emissions and tackling climate change.

According to the conservation organisation, one of the best ways of cutting emissions and creating jobs would be rolling out an up-scaled residential energy efficiency programme.

Research by the Energy Saving Trust conducted on behalf of WWF Cymru in 2015 found that the Welsh Government needs to ramp up its home energy efficiency efforts in order to meet its own emissions reduction targets.

The organisation also says that if Wales want to be a modern, low-carbon country then its energy should predominantly come from renewable sources.

The survey of 1,000 people found:

  • 65% of people want the Welsh Government to invest more in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Wales to reduce emissions and ensure no-one is living in a hard-to-heat home.
  • 64% of people want to see a Wales that generates all of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • 62% of people want the Welsh Government to do more to help people to heat their homes from renewable energy sources.
  • 59% of people want the Welsh Government to invest in projects that reduce emissions, like public transport and affordable heat networks, to create a low-carbon Wales.

Head of WWF Cymru, Anne Meikle, said:

“When the First Minister’s Programme for Government is published next month, we expect to see a strong commitment to tackling climate change in it.

“By investing now in making our homes fit for the future, we can stimulate the economy by creating jobs and wasting less energy, while cutting emissions at the same time.

“Wales can lead the way in being a forward-thinking, smart, and sustainable nation and it’s clear from this survey that the public want the Welsh Government to seize that opportunity.”

Shea Jones, Re-Energising Wales Project Coordinator at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, added:

“Having strong public support for generating the energy we use from renewable technologies is incredibly important.

“That support for moving to a low-carbon energy system powered by renewables is not only wanted, but needed in order to meet our challenging climate change targets, as well as giving us increased energy security in the future and a raft of other economic, social and environmental benefits.

“The IWA has recently started a three-year project to develop a practical, long-term Welsh energy strategy, which will look in detail at how much energy Wales will need in the future and how renewables can fulfil that need by 2035.”[:cy]100 diwrnod ers ffurfio Llywodraeth newydd Cymru, mae arolwg a gynhaliwyd ar ran WWF Cymru yn dangos bod bron dau draean o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mwy mewn gwella effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi.

 Canfu’r arolwg hefyd fod bron yr un nifer o bobl eisiau i holl drydan Cymru ddod o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 Bydd Prif Weinidog Cymru, Carwyn Jones, yn cyhoeddi ei Raglen Lywodraethu yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf, ac mae’n debyg y bydd yn canolbwyntio ar sut y bydd Cymru’n ymaddasu i Brexit.

 Mae WWF yn galw ar y Llywodraeth i beidio â diystyru buddsoddi mewn lleihau allyriadau a mynd i’r afael â’r newid yn yr hinsawdd.

 Yn ôl y sefydliad cadwraethol, un o’r ffyrdd gorau o leihau allyriadau a chreu swyddi fyddai rhoi ar waith rhaglen effeithlonrwydd ynni fwy o faint i gartrefi.

 Canfu ymchwil gan yr Ymddiriedolaeth Arbed Ynni a gynhaliwyd ar ran WWF Cymru yn 2015 fod angen i Lywodraeth Cymru gynyddu ei hymdrechion ym maes effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi er mwyn cyrraedd ei thargedau ei hun o ran lleihau allyriadau.

 Mae’r sefydliad hefyd yn dweud, er mwyn i Gymru fod yn wlad fodern, carbon isel, y dylai’r rhan fwyaf o’i hynni ddod o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 Canfu’r arolwg o 1,000 o bobl fod:

  • 65% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mwy mewn gwella effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi ledled Cymru er mwyn lleihau allyriadau a sicrhau nad oes neb yn byw mewn cartref sy’n anodd ei wresogi.
  • 64% o bobl eisiau i Gymru gynhyrchu ei holl drydan o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.
  • 62% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru wneud mwy i helpu pobl i wresogi eu cartrefi gan ddefnyddio ffynonellau ynni adnewyddadwy.
  • 59% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mewn prosiectau sy’n lleihau allyriadau, fel trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus a rhwydweithiau gwres fforddiadwy, er mwyn creu Cymru garbon isel.


 Meddai Anne Meikle, Pennaeth WWF Cymru:

 “Pan gaiff Rhaglen Lywodraethu Prif Weinidog Cymru ei chyhoeddi y mis nesaf, rydyn ni’n disgwyl iddi gynnwys ymrwymiad cadarn i fynd i’r afael â’r newid yn yr hinsawdd.

 “Trwy fuddsoddi yn awr mewn sicrhau bod ein cartrefi’n addas at y dyfodol, gallwn hybu’r economi trwy greu swyddi a gwastraffu llai o ynni, ac ar yr un pryd lleihau allyriadau.

 “Gall Cymru arwain y ffordd trwy fod yn genedl flaengar, glyfar a chynaliadwy, ac mae’n glir o’r arolwg hwn bod y cyhoedd eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru achub ar y cyfle hwn.”


Ychwanegodd Shea Jones, Cydlynydd Prosiect y Sefydliad Materion Cymreig, ‘Re-Energising Wales’:

 “Mae’n bwysig eithriadol cael cefnogaeth gref gan y cyhoedd i gynhyrchu’r ynni a ddefnyddiwn o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 “Nid yn unig mae eisiau’r gefnogaeth honno i newid i system ynni carbon isel o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy, mae hefyd ei hangen er mwyn cyrraedd ein targedau heriol o ran y newid yn yr hinsawdd, yn ogystal â diogelu ein ffynonellau ynni yn y dyfodol, a chruglwyth o fuddion economaidd, cymdeithasol ac amgylcheddol eraill.

 “Yn ddiweddar mae’r Sefydliad Materion Cymreig wedi dechrau prosiect tair blynedd i ddatblygu strategaeth ynni hirdymor ymarferol i Gymru, a fydd yn ymchwilio’n fanwl i faint o ynni y bydd Cymru ei angen yn y dyfodol, a sut y gall ynni adnewyddadwy ddiwallu’r angen hwnnw erbyn 2035.”[:]

Halon Mon salt pouches

How Halen Môn are combining traditional craft with innovative technology

Halen Môn sea salt is made from the clean, clear sea waters of the Menai Strait that surround the island of Anglesey. The end result? A product which can sit among the great Foods including Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

The company was set up because founders Alison and David Lea-Wilson fell in love with the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they are situated. It makes sense then that they are committed to protecting the environment in any way possible.

In 2014 Halen Môn was awarded Protected Designated of Origin (PDO) status by the European Commission, protecting the products under the Halen Môn name. Halen Môn is the first Welsh PDO. The protected status accolade legally recognises Halen Môn as having unique qualities due to its geographical location as well as the way it is made.

Halen Môn sell their award-winning sea salts all over the world to famous chefs and restaurants, but they believe the by-products – or as they prefer to call them ‘co-products,’ – of the salt-making process, are just as important. They are sold for uses as varied as Venus Flytrap food, fuel for model steam trains, cigar humidors, and supplements for race horses and even racing camels.

Environmental commitments include utilising the solar energy generated on site, planting a wildflower meadow to encourage wildlife, recycling old equipment to make business signage and using an old telephone box to grow chilli and tomato plants. The ‘Saltcote’ which houses their office and production, is clad in Welsh larch, which is baked using an innovative process at low temperatures for long term almost maintenance-free life.

Staff innovation includes a ‘good ideas bonus’ which sees employees receive a bonus in exchange for inventive ideas on how business performance may be improved. Recently, one employee suggested the removal of an electric water pump in favour of gravity doing the work. Key to the process is that that seawater is heated under a vacuum and the resulting steam is collected and turned into hot water. This then goes through a heat exchanger so the hot water warms the incoming seawater reducing energy consumption significantly. 40 photovoltaic solar panels were also installed onsite to offset carbon emissions in its ongoing campaign to reduce energy consumption per kilo of salt produced.

In 2016, Cynnal Cymru was pleased to present Halen Môn with the Sustain Wales Award for Sustainable Business, in recognition of their impressive commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, energy and water consumption whilst preserving and enhancing local biodiversity.

The North Wales company’s core belief is that ‘small changes add up’ – and its continuous commitment to sustainable growth and the environment have helped to improve its commercial performance, culminating in Halen Môn receiving The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2017.

Welsh-made hydrogen car prototype launched this week

[:en]Riversimple, based in Llandrindod Wells, have unveiled their new prototype car and will be bringing it to The Sustain Wales Summit on 21st April.

Hugo Spowers, Riversimple’s Chief engineer and founder, will be speaking at the Summit about Resource Innovation along with other sector-leading experts who are translating the principles of sustainability into practice.

The Summit will show local and national businesses that low carbon, resource efficient and innovative business is profitable and competitive.


riversimple car

The new Rasa hydrogen-powered car in action

Read more about the Rasa.

Buy Tickets for The Sustain Wales Summit

Cynhadledd Cynnal Cymru[:cy]Mae Riversimple, a leolir yn Llandrindod, wedi dadorchuddio’u car prototeip newydd a byddant yn dod ag ef i Uwchgynhadledd Cynnal Cymru ar 21ain Ebrill

Bydd Hugo Spowers, Prif beiriannydd a sefydlydd, yn siarad yn yr Uwchgynhadledd am Resource Innovation ochr yn ochr ag arbenigwyr eraill sy’n arwain sectorau ac sy’n rhoi egwyddorion cynaliadwyedd ar waith.

Bydd yr Uwchgynhadledd yn dangos i fusnesau lleol a chenedlaethol bod busnesau arloesol, carbon-isel, effeithlon  mewn adnoddau  yn broffidiol a chystadleuol.

riversimple car

Rasa, y car newydd sy’n cael ei bweru gan hydrogen, ar waith.

Darllenwch fwy am Rasa

Prynnwch Docynnay am Y Cynhadledd Cynnal Cymru

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Frank O Connor – ‘Too Much Stuff’

[:en]We over consume, from food and drink through to consumer products and clothing. With current consumption patterns it is estimated that we need anywhere between 3 and 5 planets to sustain us. We clearly need a radical shift in life style and behaviour to move to one planet living.

As a global citizen here are five relatively simple steps to start.

Buy less stuff:

We buy too much stuff, 98% which is thrown away within 6 months. When we need to purchase stuff, we could choose durable long-life products that are non-toxic and have been designed for circularity (i.e. can be reused, remanufactured, repaired, upgraded, recycled, etc.).

Own less stuff:

We own too much stuff, 80% of which is used less than once a month. We could explore sharing as an alternative to individual ownership. We could then access durable long-life products through sharing models, e.g. cars, bikes, clothes, etc.

Repair more stuff:

We throw away so much stuff that can be repaired. We could explore either repairing stuff ourselves and there are lots of support communities out there to help us, or we could support service providers who could do the repair work for us, thus extending the life of the stuff we own.

Buy the food you actually need:

We throw away so much food every week. The statistics are frightening. We could make a pledge to buy what we need, supporting local producers, preferably organic, that sell in suitable portions.

Choose stuff wisely:

We support too many irresponsible companies that do not take into account the true cost of the stuff they produce and sell, e.g. pollution, toxicity, resource scarcity, waste, employee health and wellbeing, etc. We could ask questions of businesses on their values and ethics, using tools such as social media to uncover the truth of their activities. This would help inform us (and others) of which businesses we should support and why. We could also look to purchase secondhand goods thus extending their life.

Frank O Connor

Frank is a passionate, authentic, creative and values-led sustainable designer and social entrepreneur.  Working on something he believes in has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and Americas, collaborating with individuals and all types & sizes of organisation including the UN, European Commission, national and regional governments, multinationals, SMEs, educational institutes, charities and voluntary groups.

Frank’s mixed discipline background includes a PhD in ecodesign and a Masters in Advanced Manufacturing. Frank currently runs anois, a collaborative platform for seeking sustainable solutions, and is in the process of co-founding a number of other ethical organisations including one focussed on sharing.[:cy]Rydym yn defnyddio gormod, o fwyd a diod i gynnyrch defnyddwyr a dillad. Gyda phatrymau defnydd presennol, amcangyfrifir bod angen rhwng tair a phum planed i’n cynnal. Mae’n amlwg bod arnom angen newid radical mewn ffordd o fyw ac ymddygiad i’n symud tuag at fyw ar un blaned.
Fel dinesydd byd-eang, dyma bum cam cymharol syml i gychwyn.

Prynu llai o bethau:

Rydym yn prynu gormod o bethau, ac mae 98% o’r rhain yn cael eu taflu i ffwrdd o fewn chwe mis. Pan mae angen i ni brynu pethau, gallem ddewis cynnyrch hir oes cadwrus sy’n ddiwenwyn ac wedi’u cynllunio ar gyfer cylchogrwydd (h.y. gellir eu hailddefnyddio, eu hailgynhyrchu, eu hatgyweirio, eu huwchraddio, eu hailgylchu ac ati).

Bod yn berchen ar lai o bethau:

Rydym yn berchen ar ormod o bethau, a defnyddir 80% ohonynt lai nag unwaith y mis. Gallem archwilio rhannu fel dewis amgen i berchenogaeth unigol. Wedyn gallem gael mynediad i gynnyrch hir oes cadwrus trwy fodelau rhannu, e.e. ceir, beiciau, dillad ac ati.

Atgyweirio mwy o bethau:

Rydym yn taflu cymaint o bethau i ffwrdd ond gellir eu hatgyweirio. Gallem archwilio naill ai atgyweirio pethau ein hunain ac mae llawer o gymunedau cymorth ar gael i’n cynorthwyo, neu gallem gefnogi darparwyr gwasanaethau sy’n gallu gwneud y gwaith o atgyweirio ar ein rhan, gan ymestyn oes y pethau rydym yn berchen arnynt.

Prynu dim ond y bwyd sydd ei angen arnom:

Rydym yn taflu cymaint o fwyd i ffwrdd bob wythnos. Mae’r ystadegau’n frawychus. Gallem wneud addewid i brynu’r hyn sydd ei angen arnom, a chefnogi cynhyrchwyr lleol, organig os yn bosibl, sy’n gwerthu mewn dognau addas.

Doethineb wrth ddewis pethau:

Rydym yn cefnogi gormod o gwmnïau anghyfrifol sy’n methu ag ystyried cost wirioneddol y pethau y maent yn eu cynhyrchu a’u gwerthu, e.e. llygredd, gwenwyndra, prinder adnoddau, gwastraff, iechyd a lles gweithwyr ac ati. Gallem holi cwestiynau i fusnesau ynghylch eu gwerthoedd a’u moeseg, gan ddefnyddio offer megis cyfryngau cymdeithasol, i ddatgelu’r gwir ynghylch eu gweithgareddau. Byddai hyn yn cynorthwyo o ran ein hysbysu ni (a phobl eraill) ynghylch pa fusnesau y dylem eu cefnogi a pham. Hefyd gallem ystyried prynu nwyddau ail-law a thrwy hyn ymestyn eu hoes.

Mae Frank yn gweithio’n rhyngwladol fel cynllunydd a strategydd cynaliadwy.[:]

people at networking event

How to Innovate Our Way out of a Looming Ecological Crisis

Rare is the platform where you are genuinely among friends. Particularly when that platform debates thorny issues such as eco-design, industrial ecology, waste, the circular economy and sharing. But let there be no doubt, Cynnal Cymru’s ‘Show and tell’ event was precisely that; an opportunity to share ideas and push, pull, knead and shape new thinking in the perfect environment. I was delighted to be sharing this particular platform with Creative Director Chris Carpenter of Stills branding – a true advocate of the need for change – and the passionate and knowledgeable Dr Frank O’Connor. Our presentations were the same yet different; how to innovate our way out of a looming ecological crisis, how to conceptualise our use of resources with greater wisdom and foresight, how to spread a message so crucial to our shared futures.

It is this latter theme that I’d like to pick up on. As the General Manager of an industrial company, I regularly rub shoulders with professionals who know or care little about sustainability. The word is somehow tainted with negative connotations. For ‘sustainability’ read ‘cost’, ‘burden’, ‘workload’ or ‘idealistic’. This attitude represents a failure to understand the nature and importance of sustainability and the predicament that our current economic model leaves us in. It is also perhaps representative of endless exposure to – and the rather cynical curse of –  ‘greenwash’ by larger or rival corporations.  But to consign organisational approaches to sustainability to the (recycling) bin, is a failure to identify a rich seam of creativity and innovation that could radically change an organisation, its place in the market and its future legacy. Take eco-design and Life Cycle Assessment for instance. Using ED and LCA at Odoni-Elwell has led to several major benefits. We’ve put our processes under the microscope, eliminating areas of waste (saving money), redesigned our larger buildings and established a model for recovery of product at end of life (a recovery process that should both dispose/reuse waste appropriately and result in an ongoing relationship with our customer). But arguably the biggest thing that we’ve achieved is the knowledge that we at least are trying to do things right, even when there are times when we get things wrong.

‘Show and tell’ is a wonderful concept. Ideas. Honesty. Dialogue. I’d encourage more (all?) manufacturing organisations to get involved. There is vast potential alongside the issues. And after all; a problem shared is a problem halved.

Simon Nurse (Systems Designer and Manager at Odoni-Elwell

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

[:en]The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) are running a new course in September that provides an in-depth introduction to CAT’s latest Zero Carbon Britain research, offering a robust, evidence-based scenario that explores ways we can deliver a climate positive future, whilst also maintaining a modern lifestyle.

The course also covers how Zero Carbon Britain can be successfully used as a powerful tool for groups and individuals to inspire positive action, stimulate debate and build consensus in their communities and places of work.

CAT are also offering course participants a free ticket to the “Small Is Beautiful Festival” to be held at CAT the weekend immediately after this course if you extend your stay with CAT’s B&B.  The course and festival are designed to work in partnership, so you can take what you’ve learnt and leap in to action through empowering workshops and great connections.

Call 01654 704 952 for more details or visit the CAT website.[:cy]Bydd Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen yn cynnal cwrs newydd ym mis Medi a fydd yn darparu cyflwyniad manwl i ymchwil Prydain Di-garbon diweddaraf Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen, gan gynnig senario gadarn yn seiliedig ar dystiolaeth, a fydd yn archwilio ffyrdd y gallwn gyflwyno dyfodol cadarnhaol o ran yr hinsawdd, gan gynnal ffordd o fyw fodern.

Bydd y cwrs hefyd yn ymdrin â sut gall grwpiau ac unigolion ddefnyddio Prydain Di-garbon yn llwyddiannus, fel offeryn pwerus i ysbrydoli camau cadarnhaol, ysgogi trafodaethau a meithrin consensws yn eu cymunedau a gweithleoedd.

Bydd Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen hefyd yn cynnig tocyn rhad ac am ddim i gyfranogwyr y cwrs, i “Small Is Beautiful Festival” a gynhelir yng Nghanolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen y penwythnos yn syth ar ôl y cwrs hwn, os byddwch yn ymestyn eich arhosiad yng Ngwely a Brecwast Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen. Mae’r cwrs a’r ŵyl wedi cael eu cynllunio i weithio mewn partneriaeth, felly gallwch ddefnyddio beth rydych chi wedi’i ddysgu, trwy weithdai grymusol a chysylltiadau gwych.
Ffoniwch 01654 704 952 i gael mwy o fanylion, neu ewch i[:]

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