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. Humans have made 8.3bn tons of plastic since 1950 –  The Guardian reveals where it’s gone in an illustrated story.

2. The future of sports nutrition: protein powder made from food waste – Canadian green tech start-up, Beyond Food, collects fruit and vegetables from grocery stores that would be destined for landfill, and turns them into raw powders to make nutritional supplements, Euronews reports.

3. Chanel Invests in Boston Startup Making Sustainable Silk – Chanel Inc. is the latest retail giant to make a public nod toward environmentally conscious products, investing in an eco-friendly chemistry company as part of an effort to make luxury items less damaging to the planet, according to Fortune.

4. Zero-waste economies positive for cities and people, says report – A report by Circle Economy shows that cities which encourage circular economy practises, such as repairing and recycling, bring in investment and new jobs, Public Sector Executive reports. The analysis explores how local authorities in 43 European cities support the circular economy, and found that it creates “tangible socio-economic benefits” for cities and their population.

5. Manx government pledges to plant 85,000 trees by 2024 – More than 85,000 trees will be planted on the Isle of Man by 2024, according to the BBC. The five-year plan will see one tree planted for every person on the island in a new woodland area, along with 1,000 more in urban spots.

6. Best Practices for Restaurant Sustainability – Restaurant sustainability is a hot topic these days for many reasons and it should not be ignored, Modern Restaurant Management says. Not only does a commitment to sustainability attract clients from a brand perspective, but it also improves client comfort and the quality of food.

7. Camden Town Brewery plants innovative vertical strawberry farm in sustainability drive – Camden Town Brewery has partnered with Rootlabs, which builds urban farms, to launch the UK’s first brewery-based vertical farm at its Enfield site, the Evening Standard writes. The sustainable farming method – which sees the strawberries grown in columns – will help the north London brewery produce seasonal crops to add to its popular selection of lagers.

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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