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. From fashion to the field: shredded cotton garments to help grow cotton in the future – Cotton Australia just launched such a test to see if old cotton fabrics, including sheets and worn-out coveralls from state emergency services, could improve the soil on Goondy Windy’s farms, according to Sydney News Today.

2. British-built satellites will help fight climate change and save wildlife – Monitoring and tackling climate change and tracking endangered wildlife are among the features of three UK-built satellites set to launch on a SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Gov.uk writes.

3. Secondhand clothing market set to be twice the size of fast fashion by 2030 – The fashion industry is moving into a much more sustainable position, a new report has suggested. According to Thredup – which is a secondhand online store based in the United States – the next 10 years will see the resale market grow much faster than traditional retail with secondhand clothing expected to be twice the size of fast fashion by the year 2030, Yahoo! reports.

4. Bristol coffee cup recycling scheme set to be expanded – Nearly half a million coffee cups have been saved from landfill as part of a new recycling drive. The success of the scheme means it will now be expanded, with recycling bins now placed in hospitals across the region, BBC reports.

5. Global consumer brands unveil ‘world’s first’ enzymatically recycled PET bottles – Endlessly recyclable PET plastic is ‘one step closer’ today, according to a consortium of consumer brands that have successfully produced food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic, Circular Magazine writes. 

6. Fussy’s sustainable deodorant uses refills that arrive through your letterbox – Fussy is bringing the circular economy to deodorant by combining a refillable system designed by London studio Blond with a mail subscription service. Fussy’s natural deodorant blocks slot into a reusable case made from recycled plastic. Once the block runs out another can be inserted, helping to minimise waste, according to Dezeen

7. LEGO reveals first bricks made from recycled plastic bottlesThe LEGO Group has unveiled a prototype LEGO brick made from recycled PET bottles, the latest step in the company’s quest to make its products from sustainable materials.

Image Credit: Fussy Sustainable Deodorant/Blond

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

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