Plastic waste used to build classrooms in the Ivory Coast

Plastic bricks developed by a Colombian social enterprise are being used to build schools for children in the West African nation of Ivory Coast. Nine classrooms have already been set up in Ivory Coast by Conceptos Plásticos in partnership with UNICEF at three sites across the country. Built with bricks made from plastic salvaged from streets in Columbia, experts hope the environmentally friendly new technique … Continue reading Plastic waste used to build classrooms in the Ivory Coast

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. Sacred Indigenous artefacts handed back to Aranda and Bardi Jawi elders after 100 years in US – Sacred Indigenous artefacts have been returned to traditional owners in central Australia after spending almost a century in United States museums. Elders spent months liaising for the return of … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Solar Freeze: Fighting food waste in Kenya by offering farmers portable solar-powered fridge-freezer solutions

Kenyan start-up Solar Freeze is pioneering mobile solar-powered fridge-freezer units for rural smallholder farmers to help them reduce the huge challenge of post-harvest loss. In much of the developing world, postharvest losses are as high as 80% and the cold‐storage chain is virtually non‐existent due to the high cost of equipment and spotty electricity. Because fresh produce can perish in a matter of days under … Continue reading Solar Freeze: Fighting food waste in Kenya by offering farmers portable solar-powered fridge-freezer solutions

Mexican student creates self-repairing rubber pavement from recycled tyres

A rubber pavement made of recycled tyres combined with additives, that allow it to self-regenerate upon contact with water, has won Mexico’s James Dyson Award. The self-repairing or self-regenerating rubber pavement, invented by Mexican student Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona, offers a solution to the problem of rainwater damage to streets which results in potholes and cracks. Israel Antonio Briseño Carmona said: “Damage is caused by rain … Continue reading Mexican student creates self-repairing rubber pavement from recycled tyres

South African indigenous peoples win share of rooibos tea profits in new landmark agreement

South African indigenous communities – the San and Khoi peoples – whose lands have been used for the commercial farming of rooibos tea for more than a century, will now share in the profits of the lucrative herbal tea industry under a new landmark agreement. Nine years in the making, the Access and Benefit Sharing Agreement was signed on 1 November by the indigenous Khoi … Continue reading South African indigenous peoples win share of rooibos tea profits in new landmark agreement

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. Elon Musk renames himself ‘Treelon’ and makes huge donation to fund tree-planting campaign – Elon Musk has pledged $1million to fund a massive tree-planting campaign. The billionaire promised to give a group called #TeamTree enough cash to plant one million trees in 2020 and 2021. The … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

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. This Indigenous Teenager Is Fighting To Save The Amazon From Brazil’s Bolsonaro – Last month, as a record outbreak of fires in the Amazon threatened to push the vulnerable rainforest closer to destruction, 19-year-old Artemisa Xakriabá begged the world to realise what the rapid obliteration of … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Buying Better: Selfridges doubles labelling scheme to help consumers shop sustainably and consciously

UK department store Selfridges has doubled its sustainable labelling scheme, Buying Better, with the launch of six new categories to help educate and guide customers to shop with more environmental awareness. The new labels in the Buying Better scheme include responsible leather, reducing waste, vegan, forest friendly, cruelty free and supporting communities. The labels appear on over 3,000 products from over 100 brands within homeware, … Continue reading Buying Better: Selfridges doubles labelling scheme to help consumers shop sustainably and consciously

Recycled plastic road to be trialled in Los Angeles

A road of a recycled plastic kind is set to go on trial in Downtown Los Angeles by the end of this year. A portion of the street near the corner of West First Street and North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles will become the test site for what may soon become the city’s new asphalt. Product designers Technisoil will transform shredded recycled plastic … Continue reading Recycled plastic road to be trialled in Los Angeles

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. ‘We Are Nations:’ What Environmental Justice Looks Like For Indigenous People – Climate reporting often overlooks indigenous peoples’ position on the front lines of the climate crisis. In her book As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, indigenous … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World