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. The future of packaging? Lush’s Cork Pot packaging becomes first ‘carbon positive’ product – Ethical beauty brand Lush has been awarded its first Carbon Neutral certification for its eco-friendly Cork Pot. The packaging was first introduced in 2017 and designed to house its shampoo bars. Its material is sourced from oak bark in southern Portugal, and originally launched as a philanthropic effort the support to wider regeneration of cork oak forests in the country, Cosmetics Business reports.

2. Women farmers in Chile: woodchips, pasture-happy pigs and regenerative vineyard managementFarmerama Radio meets with Josephina, a former art teacher, on her ranch in the Chilean mountains. Josephina started a group for women farmers in the region, which has grown to become a network of community support and friendship.

3. Great parks and green spaces in the UK – Readers of The Guardian give their travel tips of green spaces to visit in the UK.

4. World’s first solar-powered railway line opens in UK – The world’s first ever railway line to be directly supplied with solar power has launched in Aldershot, according to The Independent. The scheme sees signalling and lights being powered by a unit made up of around 100 solar panels, which is also supplying a small amount of energy to the track itself. Dubbed “Riding Sunbeams”, the pilot project has been launched by climate change charity 10:10, Community Energy South and Network Rail, with all data being analysed by the University of Birmingham to see how it might be possible to plug in much larger solar rigs to power the UK’s trains.

5. Grist 50: 2019 Because the World Needs Fixers – Every year, Grist scours the sustainability space to find up-and-coming people doing potentially game-changing work. Grist 50 2019 includes urban planners and architects, scientists, a behind-the-scenes creator of the Green New Deal, a city sustainability director, a photographer, a podcaster, and an artist using murals and augmented reality to spark new conversations around climate change.

6. How the Women of Standing Rock Are Building Sovereign Economies – Food security, traditional agriculture, and local self-reliance are key to regenerative societies of the future, say water protectors taking the movement’s lessons forward, Yes! Magazine reports. 

7. Helsinki launches Think Sustainably digital service for residents and tourists – The city of Helsinki has revealed a first-of-its kind website meant to empower citizens, businesses and tourists to make more sustainable choices, Dezeen reports. The Think Sustainably digital service resembles a regular city guide, but with environmental sustainability as the primary factor.

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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