Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials? The Guardian

A Taiya aboriginal villager walks through a sustainable bamboo forest

Sustainable materials are gaining ground, but long development time frames and gaps in knowledge make commercialisation tricky | Learning to surf in California’s frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren’t…

Can a new architecture revive the UN Global Compact? | The Guardian

As business enthusiasm wanes, the UN Global Compact unveils new investment opportunities. Will it be enough to attract more participation? In collaboration with some 1,000 business allies, the UN today issued an updated “architecture” aimed at intensifying companies’ role in advancing economic…