tv Worklife BBC News November 26, 2019 8:30am-9:00am GMT
this is worklife from bbc news, with maryam moshiri and sally bundock. with 100m bags of trash set to pile up over the festive period what can be done to stop us all having a rubbish christmas. live from london, that's our top story on tuesday the 26th of november three quarters of us now say climate change is a priority but will christmas shopping leave that pledge out in the cold? also in the programme — open sesame! alibaba shares jump
in their blockbuster hong kong debut. and the tale of a latin hit — we meet the brains behind the world's second biggest music channel on youtube and we'll be getting the inside track on the business trying to add a little more spice to all our lives. the boss of spice—n—tice meal kits will be with us. and could you cut back on your emails? climate campaigners say we should "think before we thank" to cut back on unnecessary messages and energy use. what do you think? let us know — just use the hashtag bbcworklife. hello and welcome to worklife. now, it may not be december yet, but the christmas shopping season is already in full swing — and black friday is just days away. however the season of santa doesn't just bring presents, it also brings rubbish, and lots of it.
new research by ing says that across the globe 96% of us throw away plastic waste daily, with more than three quarters of us throwing away up to five items each day. but that figure will only get worse over the christmas season. in the uk alone we throw out roughly 100 million bin bags full of packaging from toys and gifts over the period. but things could be about to change — new data suggests that 74% of us now agree that protecting the environment should be a priority — even if it slows economic growth. with us now is dr dimitrios tsivrikos, consumer behaviour specialist at university college london welcome at university college london to worklife. i imagine of welcome to worklife. i imagine lots of people listening to what we have said so farwant of people listening to what we have said so far want to cut back on
waste but at christmas time, when some gifts that your children have asked father christmas for are covered in unnecessary packaging, it's hard to get that right. you are absolutely right. the presence, the packaging that we might be getting and so on, they create a great volume of waste and we need to be more careful as to how we dispose but there are tips and ways are becoming more sustainable because i think sustainable behaviour goes above and beyond wastage, it can actually be about where you source your products, the amount of packaging you can choose and how you can reuse the product you already purchased and at times, with all that waste, perhaps it could be an educational experience for the family to understand how we can beat more green so we can use this as an opportunity. do you think in recent yea rs opportunity. do you think in recent years there's been a frame of thinking, when it comes to whether it's christmas or other big festive seasons throughout the calendar year, people are thinking about this issue more? i think we are, we've
been faced with so much volume of waste, packaging, it becomes apparent to us how much we consume. the day after when you do your rubbish and you realise the amount of plastic, glass, and everything else that you went through, i think you feel hopefully guilty about the amount of consumption we engage in but at the same time, there is a great dealfor us to but at the same time, there is a great deal for us to change things and to receive help because it's not easy to do it either. how much responsibility to companies and retailers have in all of this because we could say i'm going to buy less stuff but surely they should be making sure they package things in an appropriate manner, the use of material that is recyclable, whose responsible ultimately?” think you are absolutely right and it's a 50-50 think you are absolutely right and it's a 50—50 affair, from a behavioural change perspective we can only take action when we think we are part of the problem, we are pa rt we are part of the problem, we are part of the solution as well. if we only feel that it's due to the big
companies to be there for these changes to actually happen, we don't ta ke changes to actually happen, we don't take action so we need clear instructions for us consumers that we can formulate to become more sustainable but at the same time, the need legislation and its guidelines, for instance, how we recycle. you don't need a phd to be able to understand how to dispose of particular products. it's so confusing and in some parts of the country, i am going to say this, i believe in wells for example, they have the same recycling rules pretty much across the board is in every county. and so, it's complicated. very difficult. professor, thank you so much forjoining us. thank you. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the boss of australia's second—largest bank, westpac, has stepped down after the bank became embroiled in a money—laundering scandal with alleged possible links to child exploitation. the depature of chief executive brian hartzer comes in the wake
of allegations the bank committed 23 million breaches of counter—terrorism financing and money—laundering laws. google has fired four employees in what activists within the company describe as an attempt to "crush" workers' attempts to organise. the people, who have been dubbed the "thanksgiving four", had their contracts terminated on monday. staff were told via an internal memo that the firings were related to data security and employee safety. poland has brought about 100 tons of gold home from storage in the bank of england, in a bid to demonstrate the strength of nation's $586 billion economy. after adding to its existing gold reserve, the country has now become the 22nd—biggest bullion holder in the world. shares in the chinese e—commerce giant alibaba have surged in its hong kong trading debut. the company, which is already traded in the us, raised at least $11.3bn in its secondary listing.
it all happened in the hang seng. 0ur asia business correspondent karishma vaswani is in singapore... you've got this mega ipo taking place against the backdrop of political protest, petrol bombs being thrown at police and protesters, and reports are certainly worries that executives may well have been the target of some protests when they went to the hong kong listing earlier today. that didn't happen. the listing of ali baba that didn't happen. the listing of ali ba ba and that didn't happen. the listing of ali baba and the hong kong stock exchange was very smooth, certainly, perhaps more low—profile or low—key than what we would have expected. but the current chairman was there and he talked about how this is a vote of confidence in hong kong and it was about bringing ali baba back home to hong kong, remember, in
2014, when ali babbitt listed in the united states, actually, it initially wanted to list on the hong kong exchange but because of certain technical regulations at the time, to do with share ownership of the company, the firm chose the united states instead. now, notwithstanding the fact there are political protests and this political crisis in hong kong, the company share price did very well on its first day of trading. it's close the day in the last 15 minutes or so, half an hour, i should say, the hong kong stock exchange has closed and we've seen about a six and percent surge in the price of ali babbitt shares. the company says the reason it shows hong kong was to access the appetite from mainland investors and investors across the region for its business expansion purposes, things like going into cloud computing, more strongly as well as fending off competition back in its domestic market. but there has been the
suggestion that strategically, this isa very suggestion that strategically, this is a very sensible move for ali baba, given the amount of scrutiny that the united states may well place in chinese companies listed in the states in the future. this is a great back—up if it needs to exercise that option. it is indeed. thank you so much. let's look at the markets. the nick closing up for the third straight session on tuesday. we have seen rallies on wall street, that's reviving hopes of progress between china and the us in terms of trade but let's look at the european stock market, london right nowjust below its opening point. de la rue, a company that makes banknotes and passports says it's in trouble, the share price is a big loser in the market, the last time i checked shares down around 17% from the start of the day. sally. thank you. now let's turn to the us,
where we'll get an idea later of the us china trade war impact on clothes retailer abercrombie and fitch as it posts its latest results. vivienne nunis in new york takes a look ahead. when abercrombie and fitch last reported its financial results the clothing firm lowered its profit forecast for the year. partly blaming washington's trade war with beijing. more than 90% of chinese clothing imported to the us is subject to tariffs and abercrombie has now let's turn to the us, where we'll get an idea later said it expects the trade war to cost it $6 million this year. but the firm, which has been selling clothes since 1892 and which counts theodore roosevelt and amelia earhart are among those it's dressed, says lately it's been reducing its reliance on chinese production. while last year a quarter of all abercrombie stock was made in china the figure is expected to drop below a fifth in 2019. when the company delivers its latest results on tuesday investors will be watching for any further impacts of the trade war as well as signs of a slowdown at its teenage label hollister.
we will keep an eye on all of that. time now for our daily look at some of the newspaper and website stories which have caught our eye. joining me is 0li barrett, co—founder of entrepreneurship campaign startup britain. lovely to see you again. black friday on friday, many out there discussing the bargains, we are being enticed by e—mails, and the guardian newspaper looking at the fa ct guardian newspaper looking at the fact that one in 20 discounts are genuine. that's right, lookout, which have run their ruler over 80 odd deals from last year and they found that actually the vast majority of them were cheaper in the weeks and months following or beforehand. weeks and months following or before hand. we weeks and months following or beforehand. we have to be very careful, only 80 they have looked at, but it's a bit of a concern, makes you think it could be a bit of a swiss. no laws have been broken but there are some interesting things happening. there is a website you can go on and i can't remember for the life of me what it is, you
can put in a product and it will track the price over a year and tell you whether or not it has been discounted, there are ways but you have to be very look at amazon, eco was 39% cheaper on black friday, they said, but it had been cheaper and at least 13 occasions before that and that's the bit that surprised me. not afterwards, it had been cheaper before. which, for those outside the uk, it's a consumer group based in the uk which tries to tell us how to get the best deals and not be ripped off but when it comes to these events like black friday, we used to have the boxing day sales, in a shirt you have a single state which is enormous. i wonder how powerful these days are given the fact most retailers seem to be having sales all the time? it's tricky, isn't it, in other news we hear the high street is on its knees, so we think good luck to the retailers come on the other hand, other retailers are ganging together saying make friday green again, let's not give into this tidal wave
of consumerism, let's not impulse buy. 0ne of consumerism, let's not impulse buy. one of the website new stories, isaid buy. one of the website new stories, i said top tip is don't panic, it seems the world has gone mad when it comes to black friday but for those who are tightening their belts, great deals are out there, just be careful, because they may not be the best deals on friday.” careful, because they may not be the best deals on friday. i think sometimes you have to be savvy about it, check what you are buying but electrical items in particular, worth waiting to see what happens, often nothing, but you never know.” might be tempted to go shopping on friday. i'm not here, so there you go. so let's look at the sun newspaper, mike berners—lee, the brother of tim berners—lee who created the world wide web, his brother mike is a professor at lancaster university. he's looked at the impact of us sending out e—mails. the impact of us sending out e-mails. on the environment. that's right, mike has contributed to it, did he sent his brother congratulatory e—mail, 64 million
pointless e—mails get sent every day, that's the point of this research so on the one hand, all these e—mails that we need not be sending because they waste time and stress us, but what professor mike has worked out as this has an environmental cost as well, had we ever thought of that, not sure? he has weighed up the cost. tabulated 23 tonnes of carbon every year could be saved through not sending those extra e—mails. has he got too much time on his hands, that's a separate matter. but it's an interesting thought. what does it actually cost? and what does that mean, useless e—mail? the e—mail that you sent to me, sally? that's very necessary. you need to hear that. it's having a go, these e—mails saying thank you, have a nice weekend, some people would say they bring joy to work and live so we need to be careful what we scrap. you bring joy to work and live today, thank you! still to come — variety is the spice
of life. we hear about the business that's found a taste for sucess by adding a little more flavour to home cooking. you're with worklife from bbc news. with the election nearly two weeks away we're continuing our tour of key constituencies around the country. ben thompson is in pembrokeshire in south wales finding out what some farmers want from this election we are in pembrokeshire today right on the south wales coast, talking about two of the biggest drivers of the economy, farming and tourism. let me introduce you to william, a former here. good morning, you've got quite an unusual form, in some respects traditional but you've been diversifying. give me a sense of what you do. we are a traditional family farm what you do. we are a traditional familyfarm in what you do. we are a traditional family farm in what you would expect, cows, crops, crops to feed the cows, produce milk which goes into cheese production. situated on
the pembrokeshire coast, the coast path running alongside us, beach in very close proximity. a kind of made a natural fit to us to go into a screen production, we produce gelato ice cream, it's a passion of ours in terms of we enjoyed as consumers as well and we get to share that with the public, the tourists, huge amount of tourism in the area. we've got a good chance to also have people on farm to see how we do things, how the cows are reared, the welfare issues, have a good discussion with the public about how food is produced. given that, give mea food is produced. given that, give me a sense of what you want to hear from politicians ahead of the selection. so many things you are contending with. what are your priorities? there is no doubt the selection is revolving around brexit. amongst all the other issues in the background which are very important, brexit is really focusing the mind at the last few months, for us the mind at the last few months, for us personally we are looking at trade. and having tariffs imposed on exports, 50% of what we produce goes
to the eu, equating to a tariff barrier which would come down around £200,000 a year cost to the business and that's something we can sustain. staggering when you realise the difference it makes to the bottom line, william, thank you, nice to see you. coverage will continue from here, we will talk about all sorts of issues ahead of the election, across the bbc today from pembrokeshire, but from me, for now, back to you. then thomson touring the country in the run—up to the election, gauging what businessmen and women want from this election. —— ben thompson. 0ne one of the top stories today, the banknote printer, risking collapse, the share price down heavily, more on the website. you're watching worklife. a reminder of our top story —
with the uk alone set to produce 100m bags of rubbish over the festive period businesses and consumers are now trying to do more to create a greener christmas what i would like is wrapping paper that doesn't have sparkles and bright bits because then you can actually recycle it but this year we are using brown paper with ribbons. no cell type? gosh, i didn't think about that, i could lick it, saliva? maybe not! my saliva works, not sure about yours! now if there's ingredients that can transform a mediocre meal into a mouthwatering feast that's spices. a sprinkle of paprika or a dash of curry powder can perk up any dish with bursting flavours. i feel like a saturday kitchen! indeed, maybe that's a future career? that's why the global market for spices is expected to be worth $20 billion by 2025.
well, our next guest — ketan varu aims to take advantage of this boomwith his company, spicentice. welcome to the programme, when i met you earlier i said there's so many companies out there that do this sort of thing, off the shelf, the spices you need to make a fantastic array with, all the ingredients, the fresh ingredients and how to, but you started this 16 years ago? absolutely, i was at university when the concept started, typical student, hungry, didn't know how to cook a decent meal from scratch so my mum and dad sent me these premixed herbs and spices with simple instructions on how to cook a decent curry from scratch and it reminded me of home and it was healthy and tasty. i bet you were popular at university, you had lots of friends coming around, no pot noodles on saturday night. but you know, going around, your parents are sending you these ingredients and you thinking about this idea to where uart how has that road taken you and where and how long has it
taken you? it's been a fantastic journey, trading for 16 years. we've kind of experienced the lot, we supplied to supermarkets as well as a thriving online business. as well as supplying to independent delhi is on farm shops across the country. how have you sustain that, 16 years ago, a relatively new idea but now it's not, as i've mentioned, there are it's not, as i've mentioned, there a re lots it's not, as i've mentioned, there are lots and lots of competitors, who all look very similar and it's the same story, my mum taught me all i know, she told me what to do. how we stay ahead of innovation and competition is we develop constantly new and wonderful recipes so re ce ntly new and wonderful recipes so recently we've just launched these fa ke recently we've just launched these fake await meals, they represent customers favourite takeaway is, you can have these at home, healthy and tasty, quick and easy, great for busy mums and dads. fake await
meals. we've had loads of companies coming out with sending you the whole lot, how do you compete with that? we don't, it's a different business model to what we are doing, ours is store cupboard ingredients, there is no commitment into any subscription, the product has a long shelf life, so its basically you can cook it as and when you need to make the dish. i wanted to ask you, i have a spice cabinet, a lot of the spices are out of date, don't use them as much as i should my husband says keep it and use it, it's ok, is that true? what you do loses freshness and flavour, it can taste bland so you would end up putting a bit more paprika in, to get the flavour but the beauty about our concept as there is no waste, everything is precisely done for you. you remove the position of having loads of store cupboard ingredients. in terms of the ingredients. in terms of the ingredients that are not indian recipes, because you've got all
sorts, peri peri chicken, spices to put on chips, to help with burgers, there is a burger recipe, where do you source all of that from? across the world, spices from india, syria, thailand, venezuela. they all come across the world with approved suppliers that we work with. you're very much a family business, talk us through how closely involved your family or advice from the important becoming a successful business? really important, and blessed to have my mum and dad working with me, my wife, my sister and it's a real good family affair, we work on each other 's strengths, we trust each other. you must argue, surely. the odd argument here and there but we keep it strictly professional as well. we work on each other 's strengths and striving towards one goal which is to grow the business. we wish you all the best. i'm hungry now. me too. i'd like some peri peri
chicken with chips. some curry leaves. in a moment we'll run through some viewer responses to our twitter question. but first, he's created the world's second biggest music channel on youtube — and the biggest channel in latin america. yet for many the name konrad dantas — or kondzilla — will be unfamiliar. now, aged 31, he owns a major record label and production company in brazil. let's take a look.
we asked you about sending fewer emails to save energy. let's take a look at how some viewers have responded. david said: shall we go back to sending through the royal mail. but will they feel grateful? i looked in my inbox, i've got 14,800 something e—mails. looked in my inbox, i've got 14,800 something e-mails. i'm so sorry, i didn't want to send all of those but i needed to talk to you you ignored me. it's all the group e-mails that you don't need to be in. hundreds of people in these. it's about efficiency rather than anything else, let's still be polite and say thank you but let's do it in one e—mail. thank you. thank you. thank you. no, thank you.
that's it from worklife today. see you soon. good morning. it's been a rather wet started the day across england and wales, heavy rain this morning. also some fairly winds, the combination of strong winds and the rain could lead of strong winds and the rain could lea d o nto of strong winds and the rain could lead onto some travel issues, particularly south—west england, but generally across england and wales, heavy rain spreading northwards, there could be some issues. that is linked into this area of low pressure, the remnants of tropical storm sebastien, the strongest winds today around the southwest, gusts of 40-50 today around the southwest, gusts of 40—50 miles an hour, 55 miles an hourin 40—50 miles an hour, 55 miles an hour in the isles of scilly and exposed parts of cornwall and pembrokeshire. the rain as you see moving northwards. pushing into scotland, northern ireland during the afternoon. dry and brighter weather for a
the afternoon. dry and brighter weatherfor a time the afternoon. dry and brighter weather for a time before further heavy showers spread into central and southern areas, the midlands, the south—east of england later. around the evening rush hour could be some tricky driving conditions. temperatures about 12—14dc, drawing in tropical air at the moment, really feeling quite mild. this area of low pressure continues to move further east, even into wednesday, we are still under the influence of this low—pressure system, still some strong winds around the english channel coast, more rent likely on wednesday, particularly later in the day. across the north—east of england, heavy rain moving in here, falling on areas which are already very saturated with recent flooding issues. some sunshine in western scotland, northern ireland, temperatures 9—12dc. into thursday, that area of low pressure moving to the east, allowing a northerly wind to develop and that will bring in some cold airfrom to develop and that will bring in some cold air from the arctic and it moves further south, and you see by
friday at many of us under the influence of that colder air. during thursday, still some rain moving further southwards, staying quite cloudy, still quite mild across southern areas, but further north as the rain clears, there will be some sunshine, but turning chilly as the day goes on. temperatures are 6—8dc. the colder air moves to many parts during friday morning, bit of a cold start on friday, there could be some frost in places, especially in northern areas. but the upside to thatis northern areas. but the upside to that is there will be clear skies, some sunshine. a lovely sunny day across some sunshine. a lovely sunny day a cross m ost some sunshine. a lovely sunny day across most parts, temperatures you will notice much lower, for — eight degrees in southern areas.
you're watching bbc news at nine with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines: the chief rabbi condemns labour's handling of anti—semitism and questionsjeremy corbyn's fitness to lead. former conservative deputy leader michael heseltine urges voters to back independent mps or the liberal democrats to stop boris johnson's brexit. australian police say that missing british man aslan king has been found dead, three days after he disappeared while camping. the un says countries will have to increase carbon—cutting ambitions five fold if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. consumer group which warns thatjust one in 20 black friday deals