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. Australia fires: Plants photographed regrowing in ashes BBC News reports on how in some recently-burned areas, signs of life are returning, as captured by local photographer Murray Lowe, who went to investigate how fire had affected the bush near his home in Kulnura on Central Coast, New South Wales.

2. The sustainable fashion brands to know in 2020 – Everlane, Chapel 31 and Veja are making ethical fashion more norm than niche, according to The Irish Times.

3. Meet the Indigenous-Owned Vintage Brand Building a Creative CommunityVogue meets Amy Yeung, who is of Diné origin, who quit her 30-plus-year career designing for fast-fashion brands to create her own fashion label, Orenda Tribe, which focuses on repurposed and upcycled vintage pieces. Amy Yeung describes Orenda Tribe as her “soul journey.”

4. Indigenous music industry booming, study confirms – There’s little shock that Indigenous musicians are on the rise in number, reach and influence, but even long-time industry insiders had a bit of a jaw-drop when a new study revealed just how much the industry is contributing to Canada’s economy each year, APTN News reports

5. Standards would boost efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses – LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, but standards are necessary to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to a new study, Futurity reports. The findings could improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products, which in turn could help make indoor crop production more sustainable and affordable.

6. Smurfit Kappa launches packaging to replace single-use plastics for beverages – The Smurfit Kappa GreenClip product is an alternative for the plastic rings which are commonly used to group six packs of cans. The GreenClip uses a corrugated alternative to bundle the cans. It completely plastic-free and 100% renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, according to Packaging News.

7. Meghan Markle reportedly signs a voiceover deal with Disney in a move that benefits wildlife charity – The Duchess of Sussex has signed a voiceover deal with Disney to benefit the wildlife conservation charity Elephants Without Borders. Little is known about what the voiceover is for, but Meghan reportedly recorded it before she left for her six-week holiday break in Canada, according to Town & Country.

Image Credit: Murray Lowe

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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