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. How high-end housing developments use sustainability as a selling point – Homes that generate as much or more power through renewables than they use—is fast becoming not just a sustainable reality, but an incentive to high-end, luxury buyers, according to Curbed.

2. Balearics outlines projects funded by sustainable tourism tax – Details of tourism projects funded by a sustainable tourism tax in the Balearic islands have been revealed, Travel Weekly reports. They include a pedestrian walkway in Ibiza, the promotion of electric vehicles across the islands and the signposting of cycle routes in Majorca.

3. Major UK festivals to go plastic-free – The world’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation, says it will eliminate single-use plastics at its venues and festivals by 2021, the BBC says. In the UK, that means events like Reading and Leeds, Wireless, Latitude and Download will go plastic free.

4. Circular beauty is the new beauty trend that will save your skin and the planet – Glamour Magazine reports on circular beauty, the act of using food waste – coffee, banana and wonky carrots – to make new, eco-conscious beauty products.

5. School Teacher Promotes Sustainable Fashion by Wearing the Same Dress for 100 Days – When Julia Mooney, 34, decided to wear the same dress every day for 100 days, it was to give others a different way to look at fashion and not be pressured into having the latest “must-have” items, The Epoch Times writes. 

6. McDonald’s opens ‘world’s smallest restaurant’ for bees – The small-scale restaurant replica is complete with seating, a drive-through and signage – but it’s also a fully-functioning beehive, according to the Evening Standard. The beehives will sit on top of McDonald’s stores, starting with the restaurants in Sweden which already has five restaurants with beehives on top of them.

7. Bangladesh bans all coastal fishing for more than two months – Bangladesh has banned fishing in coastal areas for 65 days in a bid to protect and boost its marine populations, Sky News 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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