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. Gucci Goes Carbon Neutral – The luxury Italian brand is making a big sustainability push, Grazia reports, revealing a strategy that involves everything from its supply chain to its runway shows, stating that they plan to reduce, recycle and offset the emissions.

2. Global renewable energy initiative aims to bring a billion people in from the dark – Electricity could be delivered to more than a billion people currently living without it within a decade by linking up small-scale projects into a giant, environmentally-friendly network, according to The Guardian.

3. M&S to bring urban farming to London stores – Marks & Spencer is set to introduce urban farming across a selection of its food stores in London as part of a new partnership with urban farming platform Infarm, Retail Gazette writes. Customers can find a range of fresh herbs growing in vertical farming units in-store at M&S’s newly re-opened Clapham Junction store. The concept will be rolled out to a further six London M&S Food stores by the end of the year.

4. JUST Water x Allbirds Sneakers Collab Is Donating 100% of the Proceeds to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Amazon Forest Fund – Will and Jaden Smith’s company JUST Water has teamed up with sustainable footwear brand Allbirds to create two new limited-edition sneakers colours, People report. Will Smith said: “There is only one Mother Earth, and it’s on us to protect her. The Brazilian Amazon, our largest carbon sink, has now been burning for a month. We source JUST sugarcane caps from Brazil, so this hits especially close to home. Collaborating with businesses who are creating innovative, sustainable solutions are the key to our future, and it’s important that we support those brands who give back more than they take.”

5. Visit Finland launches new sustainable travel programme – Visit Finland has launched a new sustainable travel programme complete with ecotourism toolkit and stamp designed to make it easier for travel agents to identify travel companies committed to protecting the environment, TTG reports.

6. Point of sale compostable plant pot wins best new product at trade show – Sales of POSIpot – the Point of Sale compostable pot that offers a sustainable solution to the ever-growing problem of single use plastic plant pots – are expected to grow rapidly after the product won the Horticulture Week ‘Best Professional Product’ at the Four Oaks Trade Show with judges singling out its innovative yet simple design, POSIpot said.

7. French artist turns tipped over bus into public swimming pool – Benedetto Bufalino has created a public swimming pool out of an old Tadeo model bus in northern France’s Artois, according to designboom. The Lyon-based artist – who specialises in ‘hacking’ cars and objects – removed the vehicle’s side panels as well as its seats and interiors before fitting the cab for its new role.

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


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