Net Zero Blog

Apr 29

A Circular Economy: An Alternative to Our 'Throw Away' Culture

Four fifths of Scotland’s carbon footprint is generated from our consumption. Meaning all the goods, materials, and services which we produce, use, and most often throw away are a major contributor to environmental decline. With this in mind, is it time to rethink how we consume? In this blog, we delve into the what, how and why of a circular economy and what it could mean for reaching net zero by 2045.

Circular road in a forest
Apr 13

Climate Beacons lighting the way to Net Zero

Climate Beacons for COP26 is a collaborative project that partners together environmental and cultural organisations across Scotland to help involve the public in conversations about climate change in a way that is relevant to the local area.

People planting trees in Argyll
Mar 29

How to make your wardrobe more sustainable?

There are many ways we can help Scotland to reach its net zero targets. From managing our food shop and food waste to recycling. But it doesn’t stop there. The clothes we choose to wear daily also impact the planet. It can be easy to fall into the cycle of wearing once and buying new, but actively choosing more sustainable options such as renting, buying second-hand, or re-wearing your existing wardrobe can reduce carbon emissions and help Scotland reach net zero.

Recycled clothing
Mar 25

Easy ways to eat more fruit & veg all year round

There are plenty of ways to try out new plant-based meals and bring more fruit and vegetables into your diet. As well as being a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, locally grown and seasonal fruit and veg may also have a lower environmental impact. Now, there are more options to buy these from independent stores and local veg boxes delivered to your door.

A selection of fresh vegetables, including carrots, broccoli and sprouts for sale in a greengrocers
Mar 9

Scotland’s Young People’s Forest

Hear all about the young people leading the way to create a new community space, tackling nature loss and playing their part in Scotland’s journey to net zero emissions.

A small sapling being planted by a gardener
Mar 4

Fair Trade and Climate Change: why being a Fair Trade Nation matters?

Climate change is a global issue. We all need a healthy planet to thrive. However, climate change affects everyone and every country differently. Being a Fairtrade Nation helps Scotland ensure farmers and producers around the world get a fairer deal.

Illustration of fairtrade logo and planet earth on a purple background
Jan 31

Building on sustainable foundations to protect an island landscape for future generations

Located in Skye’s coastal village of Waternish, Skyeskyns produces the highest quality sheepskins. With the support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skyeskyns has built upon its sustainable foundations and implemented various innovative initiatives across the company.

A bedroom with a sheepskin rug over a sofa at the foot of a bed
Jan 24

Celebrate Burn’s Night – the sustainable way

After the excitement of Christmas, January can seem rather dull and quiet. Burns Night however on the 25th serves up the perfect opportunity to enjoy some fun and warmth wherever you are, from a dram of whisky and a spot of food with friends, to a reading of one of his poems.

A bronze statue of bard Robert Burns
Dec 6

Hospitality firm reaping the benefits of embarking on the journey to net-zero

With support from across the public sector, including Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway, Oak Tree Inn has implemented various innovative initiatives across the company in order to become more sustainable.

An exterior shot of a grey stone building, with green framed windows and a sign saying Oak Tree.
Nov 4

Clothing rental firm shows journey to net zero is in fashion

One business that has been committed to sustainability since its inception in 1997 is ACS Clothing, a Rental and Resale reverse logistics provider in the fashion rental industry.

A machinist with long blonde hair works in a textile factory.