Julia Hailes MBE


" I wear many hats, but they're all green."

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  • Speaking in Istanbul (Oct12)

    My second speaking engagement in Istanbul.   I was invited to speak at Green Business Turkey 2012...

  • Sainsbury's Round Table with Justin King - CEO (Sep12)

    I was one of a dozen 'opinion formers' invited to a dinner at Sainsbury's HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford - former newsreader - shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury's board...

  • Biomimicry - sustainable solutions (Sep12)

    [caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Michael Pawlyn"][/caption] I'm a great fan of Michael Pawlyn - from Exploration Architecture.   I love his ideas and thinking...

  • Haller news (Sep12)

    Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting.   After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities - with on-board films and other sponsorship activities...

  • Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)

      I've done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I've even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled 'Plastic bags at breaking point'...

E for Good

In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.

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Speaking in Istanbul (Oct12)

My second speaking engagement in Istanbul.  I was invited to speak at Green Business Turkey 2012.  The brilliant thing about this is that the event showed that many Turkish businesses are showing a real interest in sustainability issues.  With over 500 delegates it was an ambitious event, aiming to help the audience understand what environmental pressures they’d be facing and how to turn potential threats into opportunities.  Fellow speakers included Jeremy Leggett from Solar Century and Jo Confino, Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business. 


Sainsbury’s Round Table with Justin King – CEO (Sep12)

I was one of a dozen ‘opinion formers’ invited to a dinner at Sainsbury’s HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford – former newsreader – shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury’s board.   The focus of the evening was Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability plan and the idea was to review Sainsbury’s corporate responsibility values.  See Blog I’ve written on Sainsburys and consumer choice.


Biomimicry – sustainable solutions (Sep12)

Michael Pawlyn

I’m a great fan of Michael Pawlyn – from Exploration Architecture.  I love his ideas and thinking.  And so was keen to attend his Lignacite lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.  Michael’s key theme is ‘biomimicry’ and his most recent book is ‘Biomimicry in Architecture‘ .  And his speech was full of examples of how nature can provide us with sustainable solutions. The objectives, he says are to:

– Aim for radical increases in resource efficiency
– Shift from linear to closed loop systems
–  Shift from a fossil-fuel economy to a solar economy.

One of the main projects that Michael’s working on is the Sahara Forest Project, which is a pioneering scheme aiming to turn the desert green. It includes a pilot project using seawater greenhouses and concentrated solar power.


Haller news (Sep12)

Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting.  After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities – with on-board films and other sponsorship activities.  They were very enthusiastic about what Rene had to say.  The visit coincided with Louise Piper stepping down as the Director of Haller (but staying as a Trustee).  She is being replaced by Kevin Sloan, who has worked for many years in the British Diplomatic Service.   The other significant Haller development is a much needed revamp of the website – it’s now worth looking at!  It was designed by Green Chameleon in Bristol, who also did the E for Good website


Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)

 


I’ve done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I’ve even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled ‘Plastic bags at breaking point.   As well as being interviewed on the topic, I wrote a short piece which included an action list for supermarkets to:

1.  Encourage customers to bring their own bags and reuse them as much as possible

2.  Promote recycling of all polyethylene film, along with carrier bags

3.  Close the loop and make carrier bags from recycled plastic


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