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. Waitrose trials 8 new plastic-free concepts to save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic -UK supermarket Waitrose is trialling a series of ‘Unpacked’ concepts that could save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic – and help shoppers live more sustainably at home too. Detergent and washing up liquid refillables, frozen fruit pick and mix, and a borrow-a-box scheme where shoppers can borrow a box in their store to shop with and take home, are just a few ways in which the supermarket is hoping to eliminate unnecessary plastic and packaging at their Oxford store, House Beautiful writes.

2. Wrangler’s new denim process eliminates water waste The Guardian reports that the denim brand Wrangler has partnered with Texas Tech University (TTU) and the Valencia-based fabric mill Tejidos Royo to create a foam-dyed, water-free process, eliminating the waste generated from the traditional dyeing processes.

3. Estée Lauder to develop refillable packaging as part of circular economy drive – The cosmetics giant – which owns brands including MAC, Too Faced, SmashBox and Jo Malone London – has vowed to develop reusable and refillable packaging by 2025, as part of a sweeping new set of resource efficiency commitments, Edie reports.

4. Seaweed Could Help Produce Biodegradable Plastic – Researchers in Israel are working to develop biodegradable materials to replace the durable plastic, according to VOA.

5. Social prescribing: why doctors are sending patients to dance classes, art therapy and gardening to improve their health – Although not new, only in recent months has it been given a “proper name” and made such a central component of the nation’s health, iNews writes.

6. Carnival Cruises to Pay $20 Million in Pollution and Cover-Up Case – In 2016, Princess Cruise Lines paid a multi-million dollar penalty for illegally dumping oil-contaminated waste into the sea. Now, the company is facing new violations including discharging plastic into waters in the Bahamas, falsifying records and interfering with court orders, The New York Times investigates.

7. New fund opens to support planting of 130,000 trees in England’s towns and cities – The Forestry Commission has launched the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, with grants available over the next two years to make urban areas greener and help meet the government’s target of planting one million urban trees by 2022, according to UKFundraising.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com


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