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. Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind in the US – The Guardian reports that around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a study by Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm.

2. Vietnamese Man Makes Biodegradable Straws From Wild Grass to Solve World’s Plastic Problem – An innovation by a Vietnamese man named Tran Minh Tien has shown how a certain type of grass named Lepironia articulata that is prolific around the Mekong Delta in Vietnam is converted into drinking straws, The Epoch Times investigates.

3. Renewable Energy Now Accounts for a Third of Global Power Capacity – New research by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found a third of global power capacity is now based on renewable energy. The annual increase of 7.9% was bolstered by new additions from solar and wind energy, which accounted for 84 per cent of the growth.

4. New Crown Heights Eatery, Hunky Dory, Ensures Nothing Goes to WasteBK Reader visits Hunky Dory puts sustainability at the forefront by cross-utilising ingredients throughout the restaurant, as well as through techniques like dehydrating, jarring and fermenting.

5. Families in Bristol begin zero-waste challenge – Fifty families have begun an experiment to see if they can go waste-free for a year, the BBC reports. The volunteer households in Bristol have been set the challenge of trying to recycle everything, and not use their black bin. The scheme, set up by Bristol Waste, requires people to record online the weight of their waste and recycling.

6. Zero-waste brand Ethique launches in the UK – Ethique, tipped as the only beauty brand in the world that’s solely devoted to producing zero-waste beauty bars in the place of plastic-packaged, liquid beauty products – are now shipping to the UK, Marie Claire reports.

7. Fashion designer creates a collection of Ball Gowns from everyday items including old books and violins – A French designer has created a collection of one-of-a-kind ball gowns made from everyday objects such as watch dials and violins. Sylvie Facon, 57, makes the unique gowns using anything from book spines to musical instruments. Each dress is intended to tell a story, according to The Independent.

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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