Microcosm of the Macrocosm: Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week:

IKEA aims to remove plastic from consumer packaging by 2028 – The Swedish home furniture retailer has committed to eliminating the use of plastic from all its consumer packaging solutions by 2028, according to Packaging Gateway. The move will be carried out in phases, starting with removing plastic from the packaging of all the company’s new products by 2025.

Booking.com launches Travel Sustainable Badge – Booking.com has launched the Travel Sustainable badge, a credible, globally relevant sustainability measure that will provide highly coveted information to travellers all over the world looking to make more sustainable travel choices, Travel Daily Media reports.

Have yourself a sustainable little Christmas in 2021The Irish Post provides suggestions for sustainable gift-giving for this upcoming holiday season.

IKEA Japan is leasing tiny 107-square-foot homes for less than $1 a month – Ikea is venturing into the real estate market and leasing apartments in Japan for less than $1.As part of its new campaign, “Tiny Homes,” Ikea is renting out 107-square-foot apartments in the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo for just 99 Japanese yen (equivalent to $0.86), according to Insider.

First-of-its-kind multispecies AI model to detect illegal wildlife trafficking is ready to roll out to airports – The first-of-its-kind multispecies artificial intelligence model to combat the $23 billion illegal wildlife trafficking industry has been developed by Microsoft. Project SEEKER can be easily installed in luggage and cargo scanners at airports, ports, and borders, and will automatically alert enforcement agencies when it detects an illegal wildlife item. Officials can then seize the objects, which can be used as evidence in criminal proceedings against the smugglers.

Image Credit: IKEA Japan

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

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