Wise Women in Waste

An Anthesis Podcast Series

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Introducing new Anthesis Wise Women in Waste podcast series.

Join your hosts, Claudia Amos and Debbie Hitchen, as they explore the changing landscape of the waste, resources and circularity sector.

Through a series of informal conversations, they will touch upon a range of topics informed by current affairs, trends and global developments, looking at them through the lens of women.

Meet their guests as they share their journey, experiences, and insights into innovations, trends, and the role of women in shaping the future of the industry during the decisive decade.

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Episode 1 | Introduction to the Sector

In the first episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, we hear from Claudia Amos and Debbie Hitchen as they share their experiences within the waste, resources and recycling industry.

Discussion highlights include:

  • The role of the media and consumer awareness in driving changes in product sustainability and the waste sector
  • The evolution of common language used in the sector, tracking the move from waste to materials, resources and circularity
  • The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on waste arisings and recycling
  • New and exciting opportunities for women in business
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Wise Women in Waste | Episode 2: Waste Operations & Policy
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Episode 2 | Simone Aplin: Waste Operations & Policy

In the second episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by Simone Aplin, Technical Director for Circularity, Waste Data and Waste Crime at Anthesis, for a look back over her 20-year career and forwards to opportunities for the resource and waste management sector during the decisive decade.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Policy reform in the next ten years, including Extended Producer Responsibility and the European Green Deal
  • The role of voluntary commitments in delivering better circularity globally
  • Waste data and transparency tracking
  • Female pioneers and role models influencing the sector

Episode 3 | Susan Harris: Aligning the Circular Economy with the Net Zero and Climate Agenda

Our hosts, Debbie Hitchen and Claudia Amos are joined by Susan Harris, Technical Director for Circular Economy at Anthesis Group. This episode will delve into Susan’s international career journey in the sustainability industry and her insights into the circular economy across different sectors from a global perspective.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Circularity and Net Zero – the importance of having robust ways to quantify circular economy opportunities and the need to align agendas
  • The connection between waste, energy and climate
  • The future for reuse, repair and the sharing economy
  • The role of businesses in delivering diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) through leadership
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Wise Women in Waste | Episode 4: Waste and Packaging Strategies at McDonald’s
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Episode 4 | Floor Uitterhoeve: Waste and Packaging Strategies at McDonald’s

In the fourth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by, Floor Uitterhoeve, Global Sustainability Manager at McDonald’s, based in the Netherlands. This episode will look back on Floor’s background in environmental politics and how that set a foundation for her career journey in the food and beverage industry.

Discussion highlights include:

  • McDonald’s approach to circularity and the importance of packaging and waste in its sustainability strategy
  • How the pandemic has disrupted the sustainability strategies of McDonald’s
  • Driving packaging strategies on both a global and local level

Episode 5 | Donna Stimson: Driving Behaviour Change for Net Zero in Local Communities

In the fifth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by Councillor Donna Stimson of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. The episode looks at Donna’s background in sustainability and her perspective on waste and resource efficiency as a councillor for a local community.

Discussion highlights include:

  • How councils can drive behaviour change around climate change and waste strategies
  • How children and communities are creating an impact around recycling and plastics
  • The rise in grassroots initiatives, such as zero waste shops and repair cafes
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Wise Women in Waste Episode 6 | Emma Hampsey: Exploring early careers in the waste and resource industry
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Episode 6 |Emma Hampsey: Exploring early careers in the waste and resource industry

In the sixth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by Emma Hampsey, Consultant in Anthesis’ Sustainable Production and Consumption team. This episode will explore Emma’s early career development at Anthesis, her background in marine biology and the work she has been involved with in circular economy.

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Episode 7 | Jayanthi Rangarajan: Achieving circularity in plastic packaging through technology

In the seventh episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by Jayanthi Rangarajan, Chief Product Officer of Synova Tech. The episode looks at Jayanthi’s background in engineering and her perspective on technology that can support us to achieve circularity in plastic packaging.

Discussion highlights include:

  • How plastics conversion technologies like Synova fit between climate change and circularity
  • How technology can support us to create value from waste
  • The factors that need to be in place to make these technologies successful
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Wise Women in Waste Episode 8 | Lisa Grice: Evolving behaviours towards 'Right to Repair'
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Episode 8 | Lisa Grice: Evolving behaviours towards ‘Right to Repair’

In the eighth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our podcast hosts are joined by Lisa Grice, Executive Director at Anthesis, based in North America. This episode looks at Lisa’s perspective on sustainable product design, with a focus on circularity and new business solutions, based on her impressive career in energy and resource efficiency.

Discussion highlights include:

  • Examples of sustainable product design and the associated benefits and opportunities
  • The significance of embedding design for sustainability into the research and development (R&D) process, with a focus on selecting the most sustainable materials, lowering carbon footprints, evaluating water use, and more
  • The importance of simplicity when embedding sustainability into an organisation’s R&D processes
  • Evolving policy and consumer behaviors towards ‘Right to Repair’
  • How manufacturers are engaging with consumers to repair their products

 

Episode 9 | Nira Johri from Rich Products Corporation on Sustainability and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In the ninth episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our hosts are joined by Nira Johri, Director of Global Diversity and Sustainability at Rich Products Corporation. The episode looks at Nira’s career path, perspectives on sustainable packaging strategies and the connection between sustainability and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Discussion highlights include:

  • How changes in customer demand and awareness around packaging are shaping new strategies
  • How businesses can ensure they are in a strong position for future requirements by understanding their data and options within their control
  • Nira’s experience of the parallels between working in sustainability and DEI and the self-belief and resilience required in both fields
  • Changes in sustainability over the last 10 years, including the availability of jobs, the need for varied expertise and the increased level of commitment and investment in the sector
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COP26 Special - Episode 10: Did COP26 Deliver for Circular Economy and Net Zero?
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Episode 10 | COP26 Special: Did COP26 Deliver for Circular Economy and Net Zero?

For this special episode of the Wise Women in Waste podcast series, our hosts are joined by a panel of Anthesis experts to discuss what the outcomes of COP26 mean for the circular economy and sustainable production and consumption globally.

Key discussion highlights include:

  • Outcomes from the COP26 discussions on the circular economy
  • Why we need to decouple economic growth with resource consumption as we work towards 2030
  • The benefits of circular business models and how they can be leveraged to meet wider sustainability goals
  • How circularity can contribute to Net Zero, tackling scope 3 emissions and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • How investment and innovation in new technologies is needed to stimulate the circular economy
  • Examples of businesses using the circular economy to achieve their sustainability goals

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