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. Zero waste craft – the trend transforming our homes and attitude to fast homeware – A new generation of creators have turned to waste as a primary source for crafted pieces, Livingetc writes.

2. Five Examples of Green Architecture Around The World – What makes a building sustainable? It’s all about minimising the environmental impact of the structure, according to Euronews. This could be through energy efficiency, eco-friendly materials or a deliberate awareness of its surroundings, aiming to conserve the biodiversity of the area.

3. Cranfield Uni researchers are turning crop waste into high-value sustainable fashion – Researchers are working together to develop a greener way to manufacture textiles for clothing using biomass derived from crop waste. The new process uses low environmental impact solvents to dissolve cellulose produced by bacteria from crop and household waste, such as food scraps and kitchen roll, according to Bedford Independent.

4. Sustainable fashion platform launches app and website – Dutch fashion-tech company Renoon, which has an e-commerce platform enabling customers to search for apparel using various sustainability filters, has launched a new website and app, EcoTextile reports.

5. Absolut debuts most sustainable bottle to date – Pernod Ricard-owned Absolut Vodka has released its 2021 edition bottle made with 60% recycled glass – the brand’s most sustainable design to date, according to The Spirits Business.

6. Riverford introduces home compostable packaging – Riverford Organics has introduced new home compostable bags to replace the 1.25 million plastic bags it uses each year for its fresh fruit, vegetables and salad lines, The Grocer writes.

7. Keep Scotland Beautiful launch Pocket Garden Design Challenge for sixth year runningYoung gardeners and growers have the chance to get their hands dirty as this year’s pocket garden competition gets underway, according to The Scotsman. The competition is looking for entries that offer colourful, creative and sustainable designs for a pocket garden which reflect the chosen, interlinking themes for 2021. These include The Year of Coasts and Waters, One Planet Picnic, Wildlife Gardening and Health and Wellbeing through noticing nature.

Image Source: Absolut

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

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