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. Zume acquires Pivot Packaging to eliminate plastic in fresh food delivery – Zume, the company behind the Zume Pizza delivery vans that use hyper-efficient ovens to make pizzas as it delivers them to customers, has acquired Pivot Packaging, which makes compostable packaging, to eliminate plastic in the food delivery business, writes VentureBeat.

2. Is your favorite fashion brand greenwashing? Use this checklist to find out – Fast Company provides a checklist on how to tell the difference between brands that market themselves as sustainable and ones that actually commit to sustainability in a holistic way.

3. Belgian Doctors Say Vegan Diet is Not Healthy for Kids – Around 3% of Belgian children follow vegetarianism that excludes eggs, meat, dairy products and all other ingredients that are animal-derived, and this is according to the statement from Belgium’s Royal Academy of Medicine. The academy says the eating plan is restrictive and it creates unavoidable nutritional shortcomings and it could lead to deficiencies and stunted development if it is not properly monitored, The Science Times writes.

4. Are crystals the new blood diamonds? The Guardian looks at the issues around crystal mining and asks whether crystals are connecting people to the earth or harming it.

5. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Brands grew 69% faster than rest of business in 2018 – Unilever has announced that its purpose-led, Sustainable Living Brands are growing 69% faster than the rest of the business and delivering 75% of the company’s growth., according to Retail Times.

6. Pio Terei’s new Māori TV series showcases new ways of living – Māori actor, singer and TV presenter is hosting a Māori TV series called Off The Grid in which he travels around New Zealand talking to folk who have chosen to live more sustainably, Stuff reports.

7. How Are Music Festivals Becoming More Environmentally Friendly And Sustainable? Music Think Tank takes a look at steps that music festivals are taking to be as eco-conscious as they can.

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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