The clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world. The first? Oil. When we think of pollution, we imagine coal powerplants, landfills of waste, raw sewage, black smoke and thick smog, strip-mined mountaintops. It’s an image refined and curated by the contrast between headlines of oil spills and burning forests and glamorous, glossy images of beautiful clothing, jewelry – the latest fashions.… Read More
This October, Altru Member Nakul Saran was appointed to COO of Sea the Future, an initiative by the Minderoo Foundation that works to end plastic waste globally. Sea the Future asks industry leaders to take the first step in fighting plastic pollution by making voluntary contributions to global recycling, collection, and environmental remediation efforts.
Having grown up in Mauritius, immersed in island culture, Nakul’s formative years were shaped by his relationship to the … Read More
An estimated 130 people will die from an opioid overdose each day in the U.S. Despite increased awareness, the epidemic remains severely underfunded and the crisis has seen little, if any, progress. The opioid crisis has also resulted in a substantial cost burden to society—in 2013, health care costs, criminal justice expenses, and productivity losses attributable to opioid misuse were estimated to total $78.5 billion; this cost is expected to increase further in the coming … Read More
The Altru Annual Winter Summit showcases innovative proposals to solve complex global challenges. From treating opioid addiction to removing plastic from the oceans, from making rapid cancer diagnosis accessible to developing countries to securing sustainable alternative energy sources, the initiatives presented in Davos inspire hope in a better future.