TGL News: Two mergers, the “first death pangs” of fast fashion, and more

TGL News

This week we wrote about Australian universities divesting from fossil fuels, parenthood as a dampener on the enthusiasm for public transport, and the $110,000 worth of grants handed out by Bank Australia.

We also welcomed Interface to The Green List, inspired by their global commitment to sustainability, at the same time as welcoming The CRC for LCL back with its series of guides that are helping us build a more energy efficient and comfortable world.

Integral Group merged with Umow Lai

Greenlister Integral Group has catapulted to the national stage by merging with Umow Lai, one of the most respected groups in the “deep green engineering” business. The merger takes Integral Group’s regional operations from 30 to 200 with Umow Lai’s offices in Brisbane and Melbourne adding geographical scale to the group and the two Sydney offices set to merge. The global company is now at 800 and intent on consolidating its global reputation with a priority focus on sustainability. Next on the agenda is a presence in Adelaide and New Zealand, says regional director for Asia Pacific Andrew Mather.

Read the full story on The Fifth Estate.

Zero Waste Network merged with NACRO

Greenlister Zero Waste Network has merged with national charitable recycling representative NACRO to become “NACRO Integrating Zero Waste Network”. The merger will mean more effective national representation for the existing Zero Waste Network community, greater access to recycling best practice, measurement tools and grants for both sides, as well as the opportunity to “put reuse firmly on government radars”.

“Collaboration has always been at the heart of what Zero Waste Network does,” said executive director Matt Allen, “and this merger ensures that we can move forwards as a strong and united peak body, representing the interests of a thriving community reuse, recycling and retail sector in Australia.”

thinkstep pulls at the seams of fast fashion

Greenlister thinkstep has taken a look at the state of fast fashion, calling sustainability the “black box” of the sector: “nobody really knows the extent of what’s going on. But what we do know is that it’s not good”.

The sustainability certifiers examine the Environmental Audit Committee’s research and recommendations within the UK and bring them to the global scale, recommending businesses align themselves with science and become more transparent as they transition.

“In the next few years, fast fashion will most likely see its first death pangs,” the report says.

Read the blog post to find out more.

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