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January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2020 - Newsletter Video Blog Summary

January 2020

 

Happy New Year!

This month despite being very poorly and being hospitalised most of the month with high blood pressure,

I continued with Plastic Free July and purchased a bamboo toothbrush.

Started an Up-cycling From Green Ideas to Starting a Business - Living in Minca and supported Gombook's Give A Ghaf Planting Tree Program at Sustainable City  Dubai.

 

Plastic Free July continued

This month I continued with Plastic Free July and purchased a bamboo toothbrush.

Bamboo Toothbrush - Plastic Free July cont with Sabeena Ahmed

Bamboo Toothbrush

 

Bamboo Toothbrush - Plastic Free July cont with Sabeena Ahmed

Good for the environment and good for you

 

Bamboo Toothbrush - Plastic Free July cont with Sabeena Ahmed

Bamboo Toothbrush

 

 

Future Learn

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

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

 

 

Plant a Ghaf Tree with Goumbook

at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE

Sabeena Ahmed Proud to support Plant A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

Proud to support Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

 

This January I decided to start my year of self-care, healing and fulfilling ambitions by supporting a fantastic social enterprise Goumbook.

It also reminded me of my mothers love for nature and gardening.

My beloved mother also planted an apple and pear tree in her garden before her passing.

On a beautiful Saturday morning, I headed over to the Sustainable City, Dubai to participate in the Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative.

 

Sabeena Ahmed, Proud to support Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

 Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

 

 Sabeena Ahmed, with the Goumbook ladies, Proud to support Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

Sabeena Ahmed with the Goumbook ladies

 

I walked over to the Goumbook stand and met Jenaleen asked me to fill the pots with soil.

 

Sabeena Ahmed, Proud to support Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

Filling the plant pots with soil

 

Sabeena Ahmed filling plant pots. Proud to support Give A Ghaf Tree Initiative with Social Enterprise Goumbook, at Sustainable City, Dubai, UAE - January 2020

Sabeena shaking excess soil from plant pots

To read more about my Give A Ghaf participation click here.

 

 

Further Reading and Links

Plastic Free July 2019 with Sabeena Ahmed

Plant A Ghaf Tree Initiative - Goumbook

Future Learn

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

 





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