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February 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

February 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

February 2020

 

This month I completed  the online MOOC, Up-cycling From Green Ideas to Starting a Business - Living in Minca and

celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, United Arab Emirates with my sister Irem.

 

Future Learn

Up-cycling From Green Ideas To Starting A Business - Living in Minca

This month I completed the online MOOC, Up-cycling From Green Ideas to Starting a Business - Living in Minca.

It is a dream to design my own slow fashion and accessory label using up-cycled and sustainable materials. 

The course was an informative and has motivated me to think about my up-cycling approach and how I need to brush up on my sewing and embroidery skills.

I hope to up-cycle my wardrobe and connect with some of the up-cycled makers and businesses featured in the course.

Summary and Introduction

As nations and cities urbanize, develop economically, and grow in terms of population, the World Bank estimates that waste generation will increase from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2020 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. At least 33% of this waste is mismanaged globally today through open dumping or burning.

How can you turn an upcycling idea into action? This course is a must for anyone who wants to learn about upcycling and or launch an upcycling business.

Over the next three weeks, you will learn about the concept of upcycling, identify the environmental problem your idea is trying to solve, design your venture model and prepare to take it to the market. You will also learn how to make things out of trash. We have brought examples of upcycling businesses from all over the world. Successful Entrepreneurs will give you advice and recommendations on how to develop your own upcycling business idea and you will have the opportunity to pitch for mentoring support from our experts.

 

What topics will you cover?

  • Environmental problems
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Upcycling versus Recycling
  • The Circular and the Linear Economy
  • Idea validation
  • Business models for upcycling businesses
  • Tools to develop a business model
  • Building a team
  • The core components of marketing
  • Connecting and networking
  • Funding sources for upcycling business
  • Pitching an upcycling business idea

Source and Credit Dr Sara Calvo and Living In Minca

 

Social Business Canvas - Upcycling Green Ideas to Start a Business with Sabeena Ahmed, Living In Minca

Social Business Canvas - Upcycling Green Ideas to Start a Business 

 

Social Business Canvas - Upcycling Green Ideas to Start a Business with Sabeena Ahmed, Living In Minca

Social Business Canvas - Upcycling Green Ideas to Start a Business

 

8rs of The Circular Economy - Credit and Source http//:oldworldnew.us

8rs of The Circular Economy - Credit and Source http//:oldworldnew.us

 

  

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai, UAE 

Sabeena and Irem Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE -#SheDeserves

This year I celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE with my sister Irem.

 

  

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Gallery

Sabeena and Irem Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE -#SheDeserves Divine fairtrade chocolate

Irem Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE

Divine fairtrade chocolate

 

This year the Fairtrade Foundation UK's campaign is all about the women, who grow the cocoa in the chocolate. The hashtag is #SHEDESERVES.

I was so pleased to learn about the House of Commons UK also supports Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 at the House of Commons, UK

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 at the House of Commons, UK

 

A Typical Cocoa FArmer in Cote D'Ivoire earns around 74p a day - Credit and Source Fairtrade Foundation UK

A Typical Cocoa Farmer in Cote D'Ivoire earns around 74p a day

Credit and Source Fairtrade Foundation UK


£1.86* is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. 


Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p** a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.

 

Take the Chocolate Challenge by clicking here

 

Sabeena and Irem Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE -#SheDeserves

Irem Ahmed supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 Dubai, UAE

#SheDeserves

 

 More photographs to be added soon.

 

Further Reading and Links

Future Learn

Up-cycling From Green Ideas To Starting A Business - Living in Minca

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 - Dubai, UAE (TBA)

 





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