Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:

1. Morgan Freeman converts his 124-acre ranch into a giant Honeybee sanctuary to Save The Bees Forbes writes about how the actor and beekeeper works to feed the bees sugar and water and has help planting bee-friendly magnolia trees, lavender, and clover. He only feeds them and has no intention of harvesting honey or disrupting the beehives.

2. Mexico pioneers recycled seaweed shoes – A Mexican inventor has developed recyclable organic sports shoes made from old plastic bottles – with added seaweed, the Televisa Quintana Roo TV channel reports.

3. Biotech Startup, Modern Meadow, makes a new alternative to leather – Inc reports on the New Jersey-based company which says it has developed a material, called Zoa, that feels and functions like leather, without the use of animal hides. The startup engineers DNA in yeast cells, creating proteins that it then uses as building blocks.

4. Lidl roll out ‘Too good to waste’ fruit and vegetable boxes – Following a successful trial period, supermarket chain Lidl has announced it is rolling out its ‘Too Good To Waste’ fruit and vegetable boxes across all of its stores in Britain. The boxes, priced at £1.50 for 5kg, contain fruit and vegetables from the store shelves, which have become slightly damaged, discoloured or deteriorated, but are still perfectly good to eat, Horti Daily writes.

5. Actor David Morissey set to join forces with celebrity chef Melissa Hemsley to turn surplus food into healthy meals for the homeless – The pair have teamed up to support the Felix Project’s aim to reduce waste and food poverty in the capital. They will visit a Camden hostel run by the Single Homeless Project (SHP) where to deliver and cook the food for the 28 residents tomorrow (2 April), Evening Standard reports.

6. New bill aims to make single-use nappies history – A bill has been launched in UK Parliament designed to promote the use of reusable nappies. The Nappy (Environmental Standards) Bill sets out plans to establish an industry and government-led campaign to encourage parents to take up reusable cloth nappies, Resource reports.

7. Sustainable fashion brand Reformation launches a permanent plus size collection – The new collection will include 18 of the brand’s most popular styles including tops, bodysuits, skirts, and dresses, with new options offered every month. Sizes are available in 0-22 and XS-3X, Teen Vogue reports.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about sustainable lifestyle and green living for publications, and offers content services to planet-friendly businesses. Find out more at Rosamedea.com 

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