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Letter sent on Dec 30, 2016

A New Year’s Note from the SustainabilityX™ Team

Greetings, readers!

It’s been an exciting first few months here at SustainabilityX™. We wanted to write and express our gratitude to you, our incredible community, for all your support. We couldn’t be more excited for what the upcoming new year holds! Wishing you and your families a very Happy New Year 2017, and consider incorporating sustainability into your new years’ resolutions!

In the meanwhile, please feel free to check out some of our interesting reads below before heading back to work in 2017 (yay…). Enjoy!

Warm Regards,

The Team at SustainabilityX™

Sustainable Transport

Tesla: The Road to a Sustainable Future — By Taaha Muhammed

One of the gravest systemic problems we have is the cycle of pollution brought about by mass transport. Indeed, we need efficient means of getting people around, and buses, subway systems, and other forms of public transit help facilitate that. However, in the wake of increasing individualization and independence of western citizens, and in the name of convenience, a lot of us obviously buy cars and there’s no way around it.

Sustainable Fashion

Sustainability in Fashion — By Threadchannel

Fashion is a multi-billion dollar industry. When we think of sustainability and fashion we do observe a gap in the market. As consumers and retailers we need to understand that we are a part of a circular economy . If you think of sustainability it’s foundation is based on 3P’s , they are — People, Planet and Profit. It is important to strike a balance between these three. Fashion has been rated as one of the most polluting industry. As consumers, we need to be forward thinking and take initiatives to make a change in our shopping style today .

Sustainable Business

Liz: A Paragon for Risk, Growth & Sustainability — By Dina Hamed

Meet Elisabeth Chernichenko, better known as Liz, a modern day badass. I had the pleasure of interviewing this sustainability champion, who ditched her city life, used all her savings to move into a forest, and started her own organic farming business, Classic Eve Gardens.

Sustainable Food

Should we Define a Sustainable Food Label? — By Cathy Erway

Since the successful passage of a GMO labeling bill in Vermont earlier this year, much attention is being paid to other labels and claims on our food. As the FDA reaches out to the public for help to define “natural” and is pressured by industry players to redefine “healthy” (what’s healthier, whole foods or low-fat?), many people might be wondering about another word commonly used by food companies both “good food”-leaning and not: “sustainable.”

Sustainable Living

Can You Live a Truly Zero-Waste Life? — By Taaha Muhammed

I doubt it. (Okay just kidding, maybe you can). I’m not a pessimist, but I’m just being real here. Recycled tissue paper is expensive, and looks ugly. Which hotel would adopt that? And reusable handkerchiefs — please, unless you’re from the 60’s and ride a limo everywhere you go, I doubt you’ve got the ambition to use one. What about water bottles? Well, let’s see you run a 1000-person tournament and somehow not hand out a single plastic bottle.

Sustainable Development

Economic Growth to Sustainable Development — By CR Bascom

The world can be characterised as developed and developing countries. Regardless of which end of the spectrum a nation stands, both extremes have caused environmental stress in the world. Therefore, it is important to understand the differences, and issues between the developed and developing nations, to effectively understand the dynamics.

Sustainable Policy

Building Better Cities — By OECD

In1950, New York and Tokyo were the only urban agglomerations on the planet with populations in excess of 10 million. By 2030, the number of megacities is projected to surpass 40, with seven of the world’s top ten megacities in Asia. Cities of around 2–5 million are also becoming far more commonplace, and will present challenges and opportunities for policy makers.

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