Ki Culture, based in the Netherlands, is an exciting new player identifying the link between culture and sustainability. Under the impetus of its founder Caitlin Southwick, whom we interviewed (on our IGTV), Ki Culture is determined to instigate change in the cultural sector, especially museums and heritage, seeing the potential to create significant movement in favor of ecology. The publisher Ki Books is a part of its activities, helping to make decisions and initiate change.

The Ki Book Waste and Materials, recently published by Ki Culture, is a timely guide for artists, museums, conservationists and heritage professionals looking to change their practices.

It offers new information, updates and informs us on materials, alternatives and practical means to reduce ecological impact and waste, as well as CSR bases to steer practices at organizational level.

From the circular economy to transport, from synthetic waste to alternative materials – including multiple choices of gloves! – you can find almost anything you need to know in this book. We start with the basics: the “5 Rs” (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle), and conclude with the “How to… guide” on reports, auditing and communication.

Among the alternative materials selected in this guide for packaging and transport, we find mycelium (mushroom fibers, cultivable) and bagasse (a by-product of sugar cane), and even reusable shock absorbers and metal springs to replace single-use foam.

To draw up an assessment / audit of the waste of an organization, practical advice is given to move forward, step-by-step. The organization can start by identifying the staff involved (facility managers, maintenance staff, etc), carry out fieldwork (identifying the most used bins, drawing up a calendar / schedule, etc) and choosing the type of audit to adopt (procurement audit, recycling audit, etc).

It’s a simple guide intended for professionals that everybody can understand!

It is free to download on this link.

Eliane Kassas

May 2021


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