How deeply entrenched gender inequality impacts food security in coffee-producing regions of Guatemala

For many years now, Guatemala has been one of the largest exporters of coffee in the world and is reliant on this trade for their economy. …

Should we be demonising plastic? What are the viable alternatives?

In recent times, plastic has become the scapegoat for all of our problems. When I bring up the topic of sustainability (yes, I’m fun at parties), it almost always moves immediately towards plastic.

We seem to think that although there’s a lot of it in the world, if we just…

Comfort. It’s a beautiful thing right?

and there isn’t much that brings comfort to a small business owner quite like posting on Instagram and watching the likes flow in.

It’s that time of each day that makes you feel like you’ve really done something to move your business forward…But does it really have the desired effect?

I’m a sustainability consultant, and the word ‘sustainability’ frustrates me on a daily basis. It’s such an ambiguous word, that covers a whole array of definitions. You may have arrived here wanting tips on becoming more environmentally friendly with your brand, or you may have been hoping for advice on…

How do we really change human behaviour to pull the planet back from the brink?

The title I used for this article is a paraphrased quote by Dr. Elizabeth Sawin. Taken from her Ted Talk in 2019 and before I begin, I urge you to brew a cup of coffee and to go and watch it. It’s fascinating.

The Power of Multisolving for People and…

During the first lockdown of last year, I began working on a project (scared to call it a ‘start-up’). I had a lot of time on my hands, living by myself with very little contact for three months. Seems insane thinking about it now! I’d wake up in the morning…

We always give priority to outward attributes. You know the ones; kindness, empathy, being helpful, supportive. Essentially, how we treat others, but we never talk about inward attributes. How we treat ourselves. For me, the most important of those is ‘Self-Patience’. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a person say…

The pros and cons of viral environmental documentaries

Last week, Seaspiracy hit the Netflix shelves and it’s caused a fair amount of outrage and rash changes in eating habits ever since. One thing that emotionally charged documentaries like Cowspiracy and Seaspiracy do well is they have impact. However, is that short-term impact? …

We’ve been brought up hearing of these generational entrepreneurs; Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos. How are they all portrayed? As enigmas, like they’re almost aliens. They’re made out to be completely detached from us ‘mortals’.

Now, I’m incredibly sceptical of this. I’m an entrepreneur myself…

So the theory is, that before 2030, we need to create systems and business models to actually produce no waste and zero emissions. Pipe dream? We don’t really have much of a choice. …

Jamie McIlhatton

Sustainability Consultant and Owner of @sundastudio // Specialty Coffee Shop owner @wyldecoffee // Just trying to take my own advice...

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