Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 137, Oct 2018, Pages 314-315.

This article provides an opportunity to reflect on whether natural resource use, as viewed through the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus lens, provides a useful basis for guiding integrated environmental management. Addressing and contributing to SDG 15 (life on land), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 2008-2010.

This article develops SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) whilst contributing to SDG 12 and SDG 13 (responsible production and climate action). The expanding tools in the chemist’s toolbox of designed surfactants allows biomimicry at the molecular level. Now enabled to better mimic the natural world, future chemistries have the potential to be greener and more sustainable.
Sherwood et al. elaborate on the role of one particular organic solvent, in light of a recent legislation on restricting its use in the European Union. Bruce Lipshutz pleads for a paradigm shift in chemical synthesis that focuses on the development of new chemistry in water rather than continuing the traditional route, which comes with many costs for the environment. This supports SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 2004-2007.

This article devotes special attention to synthetic chemistry that is environmentally responsible, developing SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) whilst supporting environmental SDGs 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 17, September 2018, e00074

This article observes how the criticality of raw materials is perceived and handled within Materials Science, contributing to goals 9 and 12
A John Deere tractor pulling a direct drill through a field of stubble
Direct drilling - where the ground is not ploughed before a new crop is established - helps conserve soil moisture and structure and prevents wind erosion. Switching to direct drilling, or "no-till", can therefore bring big savings in labour and machinery costs. However does this translate to better gross margins? A benchmarking study, which compared no-till with more conventional approach, suggest there are savings to be made despite dips in yield. This supports SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 17, 2018, e00068, ISSN 2214-9937

There is a need to develop technology to enable a resource-efficient and economically feasible recycling system for lithium-ion batteries and thus assure the future supply of the component materials. Contributing to SDGs 7, 9 and 12, this article suggests research areas that could enable the development of improved recycling methods, with separation technologies identified as the most promising.
This Elsevier Atlas Award winning article provides an overview of global arable land use and the world economy, exploring the global supply chain from exploitation sources to consumption sinks. This article aligns with SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 8 (decent work and economic growth).

Sustainable Materials and Technologies Volume 16, July 2018, Pages 1-11

Relating to Goals 3, 9 and 12, this article examines the potential of biobased carbon nanorods to build the conducting architecture of transducers with low environmental impact.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 17, 2018, e00064, ISSN 2214-9937

Waste Li foils from spent experimental Li-coin-cells pose a potential risk and a waste of lithium if they are not treated. For this paper, waste Li foils were recycled in the form of black LiFePO4/C powders with the recovery of about 80%. The recovered LiFePO4/C cathode delivered satisfactory electrochemical performance, advancing SDGs 7, 9 and 12.