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. Meghan Markle’s Workwear Clothing Collection For Smart Works – The Duchess of Sussex revealed in the September 2019 issue of British Vogue that she is set to create a capsule collection of workwear to benefit the charity Smart Works, Elle writes. Smart Works is a charity that supports unemployed women through interview coaching and personalised styling and Meghan Markle is one of the charity’s patrons.

2. H&M called out for “greenwashing” in its Conscious fashion collectionDezeen reports on how Norway’s consumer watchdog has criticised fast-fashion chain H&M for misleading marketing of its “sustainable” Conscious collection. The Norwegian Consumer Authority (CA) has said that the Swedish clothing retailer provides “insufficient” information about the sustainable nature of its “sustainable style” collection.

3. Would you give up flying to save the environment? – Writing in Ethical Consumer, Anna Hughes, the leader of theFlight Free 2020campaign asks if you could pledge not to fly alongside 100,000 others in 2020.

4. Waitrose extends refill options in stores to cut back on plastic waste – Waitrose is extending its trial refill system after a positive response in their Oxford store, where it was first introduced back in June. The scheme will now be rolled across their Cheltenham, Abingdon and Wallingford stores, taking hundreds of products out of plastic packaging, according to Country Living.

5. India’s wild tiger population rises 33% in four years – A census found there were 2,967 tigers, up from 2,226 four years ago. Conservation experts said the rise in the tiger population was promising but the figures should be treated with some caution as the rise may indicate better counting, according to The Guardian.

6. Melting Greenland ice sheet threatens coastal cities around world, scientist warns – Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics and head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, has warned that the “decaying” of the Greenland ice sheet risks pushing up the sea level and threatens coastal cities around the world. He compared flowing melt water to the “Niagara Falls” as ice in the region disappeared, The Independent reports.

7. Amazon to Sellers: Use Eco-Friendly Packaging or Pay a Fine – Amazon is threatening third-party sellers in the US with fines for using excessive packaging for large items, in an effort to reduce waste, minimise shipping costs and ensure that customers can open boxes more easily, Fortune writes.

Image Credit: Peter Lindbergh

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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