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. Rosewood conservation: A success story from MadagascarModern Diplomacy meets Madagascan farmer Edmond who is working on a rosewood conservation project coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its aim is to safeguard a group of trees that is the world’s most trafficked wild product by value and volume. From Guatemala to Madagascar to Thailand to Zambia, rosewoods have been targeted by timber traffickers who seek to profit especially from its growing demand in China and Viet Nam, principally for furniture.

2. Cartier joins The Lion’s Share Fund to tackle global nature crisis – Luxury brand Cartier has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, an initiative that unites brands, conservationists and consumers to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate, UNDP said.

3. Circular economy: moving Africa towards environmental sustainabilityInstitute for Security Studies discusses how a circular economy can support Africa’s economic development, enhance sustainability and help curb future health problems.

4. Floral Street Fragrance launch new biodegradable packaging, in a first for the fragrance industry – Each Floral Street bottle of fragrance comes tucked inside a ground-breaking pulp carton with an embossed lid, made from recyclable paper packaging and held together with a re-usable brightly-coloured band.

5. Climate Week: The climate solution in your cup – Recent analysis from Conservation international experts found that if coffee production increases on existing lands rather than expanding deeper into forests, it could secure over 1.5 gigatons of carbon — equivalent to taking more than 300 million cars off the road for a year — through avoided emissions and carbon storage.

6. London-based independent merchant Borough Wines has launched a ‘zero waste’ wine range – The range features 25 sustainably focused wines from small, independent producers around the world, including a Fleurie, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti and Touriga National, many of which are biodynamic, according to The Drinks Business. Keen for all elements of the range to be green, the labels are made from bagasse, the by-product of the extraction of juice from sugar cane, which is biodegradable. The wines are available in three formats: return bottle, Vinotap and refill kegs.

7. Prune power? Zero-waste plum kernel oil ‘carving out a niche of its own’, says supplier – Plums and prunes discarded by the agri-food sector can be used to develop zero-waste emollient oils for skin care and hair care, tapping into widespread demand for sustainable, plant-based innovation, says UK supplier Kerfoot Group.

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

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