Lego set to replace its plastic bricks with ones made from sustainable materials by end of the decade

Lego has announced it will invest $400 million over the next three years to step up efforts to produce its colourful bricks using sustainable materials instead of oil-based plastic. The investment will help Lego to reach a target of becoming carbon neutral by 2022 in terms of its production, as well as phase out single-use plastic in packaging by 2025, and replace plastic bricks with … Continue reading Lego set to replace its plastic bricks with ones made from sustainable materials by end of the decade

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. South Australia has passed laws to ban single-use plastic products – South Australia has become the first state to ban single-use plastics in Australia, but the new rules will not come into effect until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ABC reports. 2. The West … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

New law to protect rainforests and clean up supply chains will fine UK companies linked to illegal deforestation

Large companies will face major fines if they cannot prove their supply chains are not linked to illegal deforestation, under a proposed UK government crackdown. The proposals would prohibit larger businesses operating in the UK from using products grown on land that was deforested illegally. These businesses would be required to carry out due diligence on their supply chains by publishing information to show where … Continue reading New law to protect rainforests and clean up supply chains will fine UK companies linked to illegal deforestation

Scrapped airport in Mexico City reclaimed by ancient lake

An abandoned construction zone in Mexico City, originally planned for a high-tech airport, is now part of a project to conserve 12,200 hectares of marshland where the once massive Lake Texoco stood. Plans for a new international airport at the location – where the once massive Lake Texcoco stood before Spanish colonisers in the 1600s began draining the water to prevent flooding in their burgeoning … Continue reading Scrapped airport in Mexico City reclaimed by ancient lake

Finnish town Lahti offer cake and other rewards to cut their carbon emissions

Finnish town Lahti is offering cake, free transport tickets and other rewards to locals who cut their carbon emissions. Situated 100 kilometres north of Helsinki, Lahti has developed an app, CitiCAP, that tracks residents’ CO2 outlays based on whether they travel by car, public transport, bike or on foot. CitiCAP, developed with European Union funds, gives volunteers a weekly carbon quota and challenges app users … Continue reading Finnish town Lahti offer cake and other rewards to cut their carbon emissions

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. Unilever to cut fossil fuels from cleaning brands – Unilever has pledged to drop fossil fuels from its cleaning products by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions, BBC reports. The consumer goods giant said it would invest €1bn (£890m, $1.2bn) in the effort. Unilever said it would … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Dutch city Utrecht adds a towering bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in efforts to protect the species

The Dutch city of Utrecht has added a 28 metre-high bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in a bid to help protect the bees. This summer a large hotel for bees and other insects was built around a billboard tower along the A2 motorway.   The 28 metre-high bee hotel consists of over 200 nesting boxes for wild bees and butterflies. Wild bees … Continue reading Dutch city Utrecht adds a towering bee hotel to its roster of bee-friendly environments in efforts to protect the species

Sheep farmers could benefit from letting land return to forest, new study suggests

Sheep farmers in the UK could profit from letting some of their land become overgrown and return to woodland, a new report suggests. According to research from the University of Sheffield, farmers could make money by allowing native trees to return to their land and selling “credits” for the amount of carbon dioxide the trees absorb as part of efforts to tackle climate change. The study comes as the Government shifts the post-Brexit … Continue reading Sheep farmers could benefit from letting land return to forest, new study suggests

Reshaping the Planet: DW examines how coronavirus lockdown is paving the way for a sustainable future

Coronavirus lockdown has shown the world what it takes to be of assistance to the environment. In the video below, DW News examines how the environment has thrived during the pandemic and asks the question: “did the lockdown show a path to a more sustainable economy and a less polluted planet?” Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable … Continue reading Reshaping the Planet: DW examines how coronavirus lockdown is paving the way for a sustainable future

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. Chadwick Boseman – 1976-2020: a real-life superhero who gave hope to many – The man behind ‘Black Panther’ changed the world – and he did it with talent, dignity and a good heart, NME writes. 2. New campaign champions environmental benefits of meat – The British … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World