Guest Speaker Series – Sandy Jayaraj, CEO and Katie Chan, Sustainability Curator at Curation

Aug 26, 2021

We’ve all heard of sustainability, but last week we explored what it actually means, why it’s important and how it’s affecting all of our lives. Katie Chan, Sustainability Curator at Curation and Sandy Jayaraj, the CEO of Curation made up our sustainability intelligence expert panel. Sandy and Katie delved into misconceptions around sustainability and shone a light on the topic. 

By the end of the session we were knowledgeable on sustainability and had handy tips up our sleeve to implement in everyday life.

 

Has sustainability become trendy?

There are two types of topics. Topics that interest us and topics that don’t. Previously people wouldn’t focus on what they should focus on in the core of importance, instead people would focus on what’s going on in the periphery – sustainability was in the periphery and now it’s in the core due to important figures, world events and company guidance. 

 

The ​​Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report

This month the IPCC report was released and it provided us with a physical understanding of climate change. For the first time it linked human activities to climate change.  

The extreme weather around the world, including severe heatwaves and storms, is a sign of climate change. It is already set in motion, irreversible and the Arctic summer sea ice could disappear as early as 2035 even if we take action. 

 

Climate change is right in front of us

Grass is disappearing 

Grass is an essential part of Earth and came in handy during the pandemic, but there is a deterioration and it’s affecting our health. Wetlands improve our health and having access to wetlands is essential and is another reason why the ecosystems need to be protected. 

Bottled water 

The impact plastic bottled water has on rainforests, rivers and wildlife is catastrophic. The biodiversity and communities are affected, so why would the Government sacrifice this? Due to finance. This poses the question how can developing countries progress economically while keeping community in mind? 

Australia 

Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is ‘in danger’ according to UNESCO. It suffered major bleaching events in 2016, 2017, and 2020. The UNESCO report states that the reef’s ecosystem has deteriorated, partly because of repeated coral bleaching driven by global warming.

Australia has not joined the numerous other countries that have set a target of bringing net carbon emissions to zero.

 

Is it too late to change? 

While these statistics are frightening there are still things you can do to help tackle climate change. These include:

Engage in conversations with your company 

Do some research and speak to your employers. Find ways that your company can consume less and reduce their carbon footprint. 

Where can you reduce at home 

  • Switch the lights off when you leave the room – 5% of energy waste is from not switching off lights. 
  • Switch off the water tank – switching off your water tank regularly and only switching on when you need it can also save. Sandy recommends if you live alone 3 days between switching on should do the job.

Step away from single use plastic 

Single-use plastic is easier and more profitable for companies as it’s cheaper, harder and more durable. However, many companies have started using reused plastic, including drinks companies Nestlé and PepsiCo, who have developed the world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

This process can be pricey, but in the future there is a hope that it will become cheaper and more accessible. 

Reusable products are getting more creative 

Other cool reusable products on the market today include:

  • Edible cups
  • Seeded masks 
  • Seeded birthday cards

Plastic cycle path 

There is a cycle path made from plastic waste in the Netherlands. The plastic used for the cycle path may have ended up in land waste, so this is an ingenious way to combat flooding and heavy landfall. 

 

What should businesses do?

Leadership comes first and leads by example and employees at micro level should feel empowered to suggest ways to aid sustainability.

Companies can also switch to green or blue hydrogen and step away from grey hydrogen made from fossil fuels. Blue hydrogen reduces harmful emissions. Green hydrogen is a renewable energy, but is more expensive than blue and grey.

The hope is that the cost will reduce and the technology will improve and harness a more effective process in order to make it more accessible. 

We can emitage the long term effects now, but we need to act together. Different countries need to come together and reach a consensus that is addressed on a continuous basis. 

At SaaSLeads we take pride in having a helping hand with the environment. That is why we are committed to being carbon negative and planting 50 trees for every student that graduates with us. We have planted 3,100 trees this year so far and look forward to helping make the world a little greener each year.

 

Key Takeaways 

  • For the first time the IPCC linked human activities to climate change.  
  • Sustainability needs to be embedded by companies worldwide. 
  • Reusable products are getting more creative – make the next birthday card you buy one made with seeds for planting. 
  • We can emitage the long term effects now, but we need to act together. 
  • SaaSLeads have planted 3,000 trees this year. 
Lena Miah

Lena is our Marketing Executive here at Saasleads.io. She is versed in all things marketing and loves creating thought provoking, inspirational, and informative pieces for the company. 

Lena was born and raised in London. She has a passion for all things words and completed a BA degree in Journalism at the University of Roehampton. 

When she isn’t keeping the company blog in tip top condition she can be found in a yoga class or checking out the London food scene, but if the food isn’t up to par she could bake it all herself. 

You can find Lena on LinkedIn here 

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