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. M&S to expand successful trial of fill-your-own container scheme – Retailer says 25 of 44 products offered loose have outsold packaged equivalents, according to The Guardian. The retailer’s initial trial of its “fill your own” scheme at its Hedge End store in Southampton, which offers 44 packaging-free products from coffee to confectionery, will be expanded this month to include a second store in Manchester city centre.

2. Is It Really Possible To Go ‘Plastic Free’? This Town Is Showing The World How – Penzance, a coastal town in England, achieved “plastic free” accreditation in 2017, since then more than 100 other communities have done the same, Huffington Post reports.

3. The Coolest Use We’ve Heard So Far for Waste from This Incredibly Stinky Fruit – The inedible core of the world’s stinkiest fruit — the durian — could one day be used to charge your phone, according to researchers at the University of Sydney, Sustainable Brands writes.

4. Craft brewers Brewgooder launch Global Gathering 2020 campaign – More than 250 participating brewers have pledged to launch their own unique beers with the goal of raising £500 or more each for Brewgooder Foundation rehabilitation and construction projects across Malawi, to help Brewgooder achieve its goal of empowering the lives of 100,000 Malawians in 2020-21, Brewgooder says.

5. What the food industry can teach fashion about sustainability – As fashion works to become more transparent, and consumers want to make better choices, the food industry provides a blueprint, according to Vogue Business.

6. Perrier launches sustainable packaging programme – Perrier has launched a sustainable innovation programme called the Next Packaging Movement – which aims to stimulate the development of sustainable packaging solutions – and will invest in three packaging startups, according to FoodBev Media.

7. Prosecutors seize Sicily’s Scala dei Turchi over conservation concerns – Italian prosecutors have seized control of the famous Scala dei Turchi limestone coastline, one of the Mediterranean’s main tourist attractions, citing poor handling of the cliff’s preservation. Prosecutors from Agrigento in Sicily announced they were taking over the site, which will be temporarily closed and monitored by the judicial authorities, The Guardian reports.

Image: Scale dei Turchi

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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