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. Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands – Unilever has pledged to drop fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions, BBC reports. The consumer goods giant said it would invest €1bn (£890m, $1.2bn) in the effort. Unilever said it would replace petrochemicals with ingredients made from plants, and marine sources like algae.

2. Mauritius oil spill: ‘We want to protect our island’Around 1,000 tonnes of oil leaked into the waters off the coast of Mauritius when a Japanese-owned ship ran aground on 25 July, causing an environmental emergency. Three young Mauritians tell the BBC’s My World how they are helping to prevent the oil spreading, and how the disaster is affecting the island.

3. The Future of Fashion Is in Biomaterials and Circularity –  Sorona, a high-performance fibre made from 37 percent plant-based materials, is a key ingredient in clothing from some of the world’s most popular brands — and its superior performance qualities are already transforming the way apparel companies think about the viability of renewable ingredients, Sustainable Brands writes.

4. How renewables and greenhouses are teaming up to grow fruits and vegetables – In the Netherlands, authorities want to make greenhouse agriculture more sustainable, CNBC reports.

5. US Plastics Pact Launches to Ignite Change Toward Circular Economy for Plastic – The US Plastics Pact, a collaborative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has launched as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network. The US Plastics Pact is an ambitious initiative to unify diverse public-private stakeholders across the plastics value chain to rethink the way we design, use, and reuse plastics, to create a path toward a circular economy for plastic in the United States, The Recycling Partnership announced.

6. Cultivating Change: Teaching Sustainable Life Skills Through Hands-On Horticultural Therapy on Hawaii’s Big IslandPacific Quest teaches sustainable life skills to adolescents and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, isolation, and other social and behavioral challenges. The programme’s success is rooted in their unique, multifaceted approach. In addition to having an integrated psychiatric, therapeutic, and medical staff on-site, their therapeutic approach incorporates elements of Horticultural Therapy, Wilderness Therapy, and a world-class nutrition programme.

7. Final Launches Reusable, Collapsible Cutlery – The company behind FinalStraw, which has helped prevent more than 300 million single-use straws from entering the environment, has expanded their collection of Foreverables with the release of the FinalFork and FinalSpork. The full-sized, stainless steel utensils, from Final, self-assemble when removed from the carrying cases.

Image Credit: Final

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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