Julia Hailes MBE


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

News 2011

Since September 2011, I have been focused on setting up E for Good and campaigning on e-waste. However, there is some other news too – covered
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  • Newcastle University MBA Sustainability Challenge (Jun11)

    As part of Newcastle University's  Sustainable Business Week, MBA Business students from Scotland and Nothern took part in a competition sponsosored by Procter & Gamble.   The students had to make a presentation on how they'd respond to a live issue faced by an organisation...

  • Inspiring E-Waste Company Leads on Re-Use (Oct11)

    I went to Grantham to visit a company called EnvironCom .   If I'd been only a year ago, it would have been no different from other E-Waste recycling plants...

  • Recycled Nappies – Visiting Knowaste (Oct11)

    In 2011 I visited Knowaste, a newly set up nappy recycling plant.  Actually, it’s not just nappies they’re recycling but incontinence pads and sanitary products too – in the trade, this is known as ‘offensive waste’...

  • National Trust - Sustainable Business Workshop

    What a brilliant slogan - Forever For Everyone.    I was one of two outside speakers at the National Trust's sustainability workshop, which was looking at how to make this slogan mean something across the whole organisation...

  • Interface Carpets - Tomorrow's Natural Business (Jul11)

    Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface Carpets radically changed his approach to business in 1994, after reading The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawkens.    I went to a workshop at Interface hosted by Andy Middleton from Tyf...

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.

Hot Topics

Baby Business Campaigning Carrier bags Cleaning Communications Communities Consumers Detergents Disposables E-waste Eco-renovation Education Energy Food Government Green building Household M&S Media Nappies P&G Packaging Plastic bags Plastics Recycling Schools Supermarkets Sustainability Waste

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BBC world service – Greening Christmas (Dec11)

My top tips for less waste at Christmas included planning menus carefully to reduce food waste; re-gifting unwanted presents and collecting everyone else’s wrapping paper to use again.  The interview was aired on BBC World Service for Christmas 2011.


Newcastle University MBA Sustainability Challenge (Jun11)

As part of Newcastle University’s  Sustainable Business Week, MBA Business students from Scotland and Nothern took part in a competition sponsosored by Procter & Gamble.  The students had to make a presentation on how they’d respond to a live issue faced by an organisation.  The question posed by P&G was ‘How can our company influence consumers worldwide to adopt sustainable practices in using our products?’.  The judges, including myself, Peter White from Procter & Gamble andGareth Kane from Terra Firma were unanimous in awarding the prize to the team from Lancaster University.  I followed this with a speech to a public audienceChallenging Consumers to Green Business.


Why Aren’t Restaurants More Sustainable? (Oct11)

I found a London restaurant serving blue fin tuna.  And the famous River Café restaurant appeared to have no idea about sourcing sustainable fish.  I recommended that both of them join the Sustainable Restaurant Association who offer advice to restaurants, helping them to improve their practices.   Click here to see my blog on this.


Inspiring E-Waste Company Leads on Re-Use (Oct11)

I went to Grantham to visit a company called EnvironCom .   If I’d been only a year ago, it would have been no different from other E-Waste recycling plants.   Now, it’s very different.   They’re re-using 15% of the stuff they bring in and they aim to increase this to at least 30% within 2 years.  Perhaps even more impressive is that they’ve done this by almost doubling their employees and turning the company from a significant loss to £1m profit, in nine months.  Click here to read my blog about this.


Recycled Nappies – Visiting Knowaste (Oct11)

In 2011 I visited Knowaste, a newly set up nappy recycling plant.  Actually, it’s not just nappies they’re recycling but incontinence pads and sanitary products too – in the trade, this is known as ‘offensive waste’.  See the blog I wrote on the visit.


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