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. The surprising link between wine corks and climate change – Independent studies have found that there is far more carbon stored in a single natural cork than is emitted to the atmosphere by producing it. So using cork instead of plastic or aluminum stoppers is not only traditional, it’s more sustainable, Yale Climate Connections investigates.

2. 20 Crafty Christmas Tree Recycling Projects – After the holidays, you need not toss your Christmas tree! Garden Therapy looks at craftsy and fun Christmas tree recycling ideas.

3. Greenstand App Assists In Planting Over 500,000 Trees – As of December 2020, over 500,000 trees have been verified by Greenstand, which produces technology to support massive tree planting operations in tracking and mapping their trees, as well as to facilitate payments to smallholder farmers, Green Technica reports.

4. 6 Sustainability Trends That Will Emerge in the Design World in 2021Architectural Digest asked industry experts what trends they envision for the future.

5. Sustainable online grocer introduces zero-waste delivery service – Sustainable online grocer Good Club is launching a zero-waste delivery service in a move to tackle the problem of plastic waste in food packaging. The service allows shoppers to choose from a range of sustainable household essentials in returnable, reusable product packaging, according to Yahoo!

6. The House of Wood, Straw and Cork is an eco-friendly residence in the Italian countryside – LCA Architetti has used cork, straw and timber to build a simple and sustainable house overlooking woodland in the small town of Magnago, Italy, Dezeen writes.

7. In Search of Sustainable Wine – Wine lovers celebrate the diversity of the wine, but they may also have to embrace sustainability, Wine-Searcher investigates.

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

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