e-book: Sustainability Pioneers – People

Gillian Garside-Wight explores six amazingly inspirational people who continue to make a significant difference to how we view sustainability.

‘Greenwashing’ is everywhere however recognition needs to be given to the people who stand out from the crowd and do the right thing, our sustainability pioneers.

This e-book explores six amazingly inspirational people, some you will recognize and others may be new to you, but all have made / continue to make a significant difference to how we view sustainability.

From the legendary Sir David Attenborough, who continues to educate millions of people across the globe on the effects of climate change and our planet and His Royal Highness, King Charles III who, similarly to Sir David, has been highlighting pollution concerns for decades. To lesser known pioneers such as Captain Charles Moore, who discovered the devastating effects of ocean pollution – Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), Shilpi Chhotray, who focuses her efforts on raising awareness of plastic pollution and Freya Williams, who has supported many businesses achieve their quest to be both profitable and a force for social good.

Let’s not forget Dame Ellen McArthur, not only known for her sailing prowess but also one of the greatest packaging sustainability influencers of our generation. Ellen has changed how many people view packaging, her foundation has influenced legislation and policy and she continues to champion a circular economy.

We continue to hear the negatives about sustainability, pollution and climate change for very good reason – we need to make a bigger difference. However, just for a short time let’s recognize the momentous efforts people have made, and continue to make, to positively impact on our lives and on our planet. I also hope this inspires you and makes you think, could you be braver?

So if you have a passion to change something you believe in, then go make it happen.

Gillian Garside-Wight Consulting Director

About the Author

Gill leads our consulting offer, with over 20 years’ experience in the packaging industry, strategically developing packaging strategies, roadmaps and packaging solutions to meet the needs of clients, consumers and the planet. She has worked with many global retailers and household brands on projects spanning sustainability and innovation to supply chain optimization. With a real passion for sustainability, her quest is to educate, influence and drive a circular economy wherever possible while complementing creativity, technical functionality and commercial realities.

Gill grew up on a tiny island in Scotland and this is where her passion for sustainability started. She loves nothing more than (trying) to grow her own veg and exploring nature with her son.