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. South Australia has passed laws to ban single-use plastic products – South Australia has become the first state to ban single-use plastics in Australia, but the new rules will not come into effect until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ABC reports.

2. The West Wales tech firm bringing clean water to some of the world’s poorest communities – Llangennech-based Hydro Industries’ technology is being deployed to some of the world’s poorest communities as part of a global partnership to meet one the most critical sustainable development goals of the United Nations, Business Live reports.

3. More Than £100million Of New Investment In Wales’ Rural Economy Announced – Hundreds of projects boosting the rural economy, enhancing biodiversity and improving food sector resilience throughout Wales will be backed by a £106m financial investment for the next three years, according to Wales 247.

4. I Am Greta: Hulu Doc Follows Young Climate Change Activist – Upcoming Hulu documentary on climate change activist Greta Thunberg will premiere on the streaming service in November, according to IndieWire.

5. Nestlé Invests Millions in New Sustainable Packaging Initiatives – Nestlé began ramping up efforts to reach the company’s 2025 sustainable packaging goals. This includes investing millions of dollars in a fund that supports the transition from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics in the US, according to Environment and Energy Leader.

6. Vegan leather made from mushrooms could mould the future of sustainable fashion – New research published in Nature Sustainability, investigates the history, manufacturing processes, cost, sustainability and material properties of fungus-derived renewable leather substitutes – comparing them to animal and synthetic leathers.

7. Sea Stone is a concrete-like material made from shells – Newtab-22 has used waste seashells salvaged from the seafood and aquaculture industries to develop a sustainable material that resembles concrete, writes DezeenNamed Sea Stone, the material is made by grinding down shells that are destined for landfill before combining them with natural, non-toxic binders. According to Newtab-22, Sea Stone could become a sustainable alternative to concrete in the design of small-scale products, as the two materials share similar properties. This is because seashells are rich in calcium carbonate, otherwise known as limestone, which is used to make cement – a key ingredient of concrete.

Image Source: Sea Stone/Newtab-22

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

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