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. YOOX and Vogue Italia launch sustainable, responsible fashion programme with €50,000 top prize – The programme aims to support and mentor designers, creatives and start-ups who are investing in social responsibility and sustainability, according to Lucire.

2. Puma’s New Eco-Friendly Collection Kicks Off its Lofty Sustainability Goals for 2020 – According to Puma, the apparel in the line is made with 83% to 100% sustainable yarn and the product it makes with First Mile for 2020 will divert more than 40 tons of plastic waste from landfills and oceans, an amount that equals approximately 1.9 million plastic bottles being reused, Footwear News reports.

3. Cuba’s rivers run clean after decades of sustainable farming – Despite centuries of colonisation and agriculture, Cuba’s rivers are in good health, plus the island’s waterways have lower levels of fertiliser-linked pollution than the Mississippi River in the United States, according to Nature.

4. America’s ‘recycled’ plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds – Many facilities lack the ability to process ‘mixed plastics’, a category of waste that has virtually no market as new products. Many plastic items that Americans put in their recycling bins aren’t being recycled at all, according to a new Greenpeace survey of hundreds of recycling facilities across the US, The Guardian reports.

5. How to Raise Climate-Resilient Kids – Parents today face the unprecedented challenge of raising children somehow prepared for a planetary emergency that may last their lifetimes, Yes Magazine writes.

6. Japan’s indigenous Ainu dance dropped from Olympics opening ceremony – Olympic organisers have dropped a dance by Japan’s indigenous Ainu people from the opening ceremony of this year’s Games in Tokyo, Reuters reports. The group were told there wasn’t room to fit the dance into the July 24 performance, “Ainu dancers will not be included in the opening ceremony in Tokyo,” said Kazuaki Kaizawa, an official at the Hokkaido Ainu Association in Sapporo. “We had been preparing and it is a disappointment, but we hope there will still be a chance for us to show Ainu culture elsewhere.”

7. Sustainable interior design and homeware brands for an eco-friendly home – From smaller brands which have had an ethical mission statement from the start and innovative collectives trying to change the world, to household names experimenting with eco-friendly ranges, according to Stylist there are lots of options when it comes to furnishing your home.

Image Credit: Puma

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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