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#53 Weekend reads – some simple waste saving tips for business

When we were in lockdown this time last year, I was determined to do the biggest home clean out I’ve ever done, but it didn’t happen. I was disappointed in myself too. But here we are in lockdown number three (another serious one), and well, I’m not going to miss this opportunity again. My family loves it – not!

Anyhoo, I’ve moved countries eight times, give or take, and there are boxes that keep coming with me, because I just never seem to find the time to sort it out. No more, I am sorting it out and do you know what I keep finding? Electrical cables for every piece of technology I’ve ever owned, kept just in case we needed them! Well we don’t. No one does.

So for businesses, a couple of take-aways and easy-to-do changes in the supply chain

  • Paper manuals in multiple languages should be a thing of the past – go fully digital and save trees
  • Electrical cables. Rather than putting every variation possible in the box, why don’t you put country specific plugs in? You can make the others available as a separate purchase. I appreciate this makes it easier for your business, but our landfills are testament to the crisis being created. NO UNECESSARY EXCESS ANYMORE PLEASE
  • CDs are useless, THEY have been for a long time and should not be packed in any tech anymore. If you have some country markets where they are still relevant, sure, no problem. But a country with high digital penetration is not using CDs
  • Excess packaging in the boxes, such as plastic, plastic bags of air, cardboard, styrofoam, and more, should all be part of history. Look into mushroom packaging and other sustainable options please
  • The overall excess packaging of products needs to be addressed, and if you’re shipping products with a whole lot of air in the boxes – air typically stuffed with plastic like bubble wrap – well time for new designs. Let’s cut out waste across every area of our businesses

All of the above would save trees, reduce plastic consumption, and help with the amount of e-waste in the world. We have to get conscious of zero excess in everything sold today. Consumer tech can do a lot to help, and it requires a transformation of how you do the packaging.

A final point for business. It was time for end of year books these last couple of weeks too – always fun! So here’s a simple request. Please make all of your receipts printable as one page? So many companies have two or more pages printing out, and a receipt can always fit on one page.

Yes I still have to print receipts, and I’d be very happy if all of my vendors gave me a single page.

Friends content

What Would be The Preferred Management Styles of Your Ideal Boss?  C.J. Ng published this article and I loved it. First he’s used LinkedIn polls intelligently and drawn great conclusions from the data, but he also looked at cultural differences too. Nice job.

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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

Climate Crisis – 710 Million Children Live In Countries At High Risk – tks Nicola Upham

I’ve spent 8 years campaigning for the oceans: here’s what I wish more people understood

Surface air temperature for April 2021

These climate-friendly microbes recycle carbon without producing methane

Climate Point: Government declares hot is the ‘new normal’

Glacial lakes threaten millions with flooding as planet heats up

Cutting the unexpected carbon culprits in your life

What hydrology can tell us about climate change in Central Asia

Ikea starts buy-back scheme offering vouchers for old furniture tks Mike Barry

UK supermarkets warn Brazil over Amazon land bill

‘Tsunami’ of renewables to sweep gas and coal out of market, and drive prices lower

As glaciers disappear in Alaska, the rest of the world’s ice follows

Land Projected To Be Below Annual Flood Level In 2050

Sea Levels Could Rise Even More Than Feared As Antarctic Ice Sheet Melts

Then and now: When silence descended over Victoria Falls

‘Nature is hurting’: Gojira, the metal band confronting the climate crisis

Antarctic ‘doomsday glacier’ may be melting faster than was thought

There is hope for South-East Asia’s beleaguered tropical forests

The Senate Reinstates Methane Emissions Regulations Rolled Back by Trump, Marking a Clear Win for Climate Activists

The EPA Calls an Old Creosote Works in Pensacola an Uncontrolled Threat to Human Health. Why Is There No Money to Clean it Up?

This Wind-Powered Super Sailboat Will Carry 7,000 Cars Across the Atlantic


PM: India coronavirus variant must be ‘handled carefully’

Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? tks Lavinia Thanapathy        

Covid: US backs waiver on vaccine patents to boost supply

‘I am OK’: COVID-positive Hussey to remain in India as exit confirmed for other Australians

Researchers are closing in on long covid

Rising Phuket Covid-19 infections may cause ICU shortage

Covid: Reused nose swab scam busted in Indonesia airport

Covid cases at Everest base camp raise fears of serious outbreak

Singapore ranks 4th out of 28 in world with most number of B1617 Indian variant cases tks Wayne Chan

Federal government acted alone on jail time and fines for India returns, top medical official says

India sets pandemic record with more than 400,000 new cases; Fauci says crisis is ‘like a war’ tks Denise Chai

People in England urged to be patient amid reports hugging may soon be allowed

Global Politics

China does not want war, at least not yet. It’s playing the long game

Zulu Queen: Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu buried amid succession row

The Morrison Government should help stranded Australians, build quarantine stations, and stop wanking on desks tks Phillipa Edwards

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

Trumps slams Facebook decision to uphold ban as ‘disgraceful’

Facebook’s Trump ban upheld by Oversight Board for now

Do You Live in a Political Bubble? tks Barry Graubart

India elections: Modi party defeated in West Bengal battleground

Business and Technology

SPH CEO Ng Yat Chung ‘takes umbrage’ at reporter’s ‘editorial integrity’ question tks Wayne Chan

Pointed letter from retiring cleaner to ‘aggressive & cruel’ manager goes viral

Biotech Company Officially Unleashes Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes in Florida

Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs

The rise of womentech: Do we really need more technologies for women?

‘Space station on Earth’: plans for nuclear-powered superyacht for billionaire travellers tks Shaun Mcewan

The US Air Force Quietly Admits the F-35 Is a Failure

‘So many are unethical’: Influencers forced to face up to the rules of advertising

Space tourism—20 years in the making—is finally ready for launch

In Stunning Reversal, Nasa Halts $2.9 Billion Contract With SpaceX

War of the Rineharts: How succession to Lang’s iron ore throne ‘may tear it all apart’

Shock and Tears: Behind Vanguard’s Retreat From China Market

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

‘Brotherhood’ that rallies in support of Hayne is the domain of disgraceful cowards tks Shaun McEwan

Brazil violence: Rio police accused by residents of abuses in raid

The Study That Debunks Most Anti-Abortion Arguments

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Prince Andrew aligns himself with disgraced banker

A giant piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth. Here’s how worried you should be tks Willie Wahlin

In a NASA simulation of an asteroid impact, scientists concluded they couldn’t stop a space rock from decimating Europe

A Badass Manifesto for all the Women over 40.

The power of conformity: How good people do evil things

Women Over 50 Are Having A Moment

My son has ADHD and he’s not a creepy piece of shit like Andrew Laming

Child sexual abuse: Four held in German-led raid on huge network

Why Companies Should Engage with Activists

America Ruined My Name For Me

Passion, humour, history

Geoff Crowther, 77, Dies; Guided Travelers Looking to Get Lost

Legend Of The Nine Unknown Men: They Keep The Secrets Of The World

It Looks Like America’s First People Were Island Hoppers

Mysterious Map Emerges at the Dawn of the Egyptian Civilization and Depicts Antarctica Without Ice – Who Made it?

Arkaim: Aryans, Advanced Astronomy and Untold Secrets of a Russian Citadel

Meteorite Found in Siberia Contains Naturally Impossible Crystal

World War I relics revealed as melting ice in Italian Alps uncovers century-old barracks

A Chinese ‘auntie’ went on a solo road trip and now she’s a feminist icon

‘Time traveller from 2582’ claims Earth will soon descend into three days of darkness

Canadian sign war captivates the internet

The Templar Tunnel: Knight’s Strategic Passageway Was Lost for 700 Years

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage

Olympia Dukakis: Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias star dies aged 89

A Non-Hiker’s Terms and Conditions for Hiking

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