UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Unsustainable Consumption: What Can Entrepreneurs Do To Help?

27 November 2018, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm


IGP's Fast Forward 2030 is a network and collaborative platform of entrepreneurs using their business models to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Join us for our next event on consumption, featuring an evening of talks, Q&A, networking, drinks and refreshments.

Event Information

Open to







Pritika Kasliwal


Second Home Spitalfields
68 Hanbury Street
E1 5JL

A better world depends upon our ability to generate new ideas and build new systems that can better channel human, social and financial efforts towards the SDGs. Entrepreneurs are essential this. They are key to creating the innovations that will enable us to go beyond and reach the SDGs with the resources we have. 

Every other month at Second Home Spitalfieds, we bring together entrepreneurs - both aspiring and established - investors, sustainability professionals, students, and academics to consider the role entrepreneurs play in meeting different elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This event

As we head in to the Christmas season we have decided focus on consumption. SDG 12 calls on us to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns". Yet, our current consumption patterns and demands from our planet are jeopardising our long-term ability to flourish. 

In this event we ask what role entrepreneurs have in changing our unsustainable practices, habits and values through innovative business models and new ideas. 

Guest Speakers

  • Safia of CupClub - CupClub makes it 'easy to do the right thing' by offering a returnable packaging service designer to hold both hot and cold drinks, reducing single-use plastic packaging by nearly 50%. 
  • Charlotte of Know The Origin - Know The Origin is driving change in the fashion industry, using transparent and traceable supply chain from 'seed to garment'. Such 'style with nothing to hide' encourages both responsible production and sustainable consumption behaviours. 
  • Catherine of 28 Well Hung - 28 Well Hung serve up sustainably-produced meats from farms in the UK. They do so by using techniques to manage grazing in a way that regenerates the soil and increases the biodiversity of the land. 

Your ticket includes:

  • A great talk and Q&A session from our guest speakers
  • Networking and chatting with speakers, and the board members of Fast Forward 2030 
  • Free ethically and sustainably sourced drinks and canapes from Elysia Catering and Toast Ale 

About Fast Forward 2030

Fast Forward 2030 is a network and platform of entrepreneurs who believe that in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), entrepreneurs need to incorporate them into their business models.

Why the UN SDGs?

There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets - but don't let this put you off. They are the first comprehensive plan for the whole of humanity to flourish within the means of the planet. This makes them a good framework for people who want to have an impact. They also set a direct challenge to the private sector by insisting that the environmental and social impact of the way we do business can no longer be an afterthought. They need to be at the very heart of how, and why our economies and businesses function. Fast Forward 2030 exists to encourage and inspire businesses that embody this. 

The Institute for Global Prosperity

The Institute for Global Prosperity was launched in 2014 to develop a broader notion of prosperity for a sustainable and prosperous future. For more details on the MSc in Global Prosperity, PhDs, or our short courses in entrepreneurship, click here.