Positive news

  • Paris removes 70,000 parking spaces

    As the acceleration of climate change becomes more prominent, major cities across the world are feeling obliged to step-up and support carbon reduction efforts. As the world came to a stop over a year ago, the cleaner cities were shared on news outlets globally and the astonishment to locals and foreigners was well received. There’s a clear consensus that there’s an opportunity to sustain and not return to pre-pandemic levels. As a result, authorities in the French capital are targeting 70,000 on-street parking spots to free up space.

  • The Line: A zero carbon eco-city

    Zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is launching a new eco-city called ‘The Line’ - the Prince stated that we need to transform the concept of a conventional city into that of a futuristic one. The zero carbon city is Saudi Arabia’s futuristic business hub which will be set along the Red Sea coast. So what will ‘The Line’ include? It’s suspected that ‘The Line’ will have capacity for one million people with the usual facilities such as schools, health centres and green spaces.

  • Cactus leather - yay or nay?

    Two entrepreneurs from Mexico have crafted an eco-friendly leather by developing a method of transforming cacti into a vegan leather. Marte Cázarez and Adrián López Velarde are on a mission to disrupt the $80 billion industry for leather by replicating to a high standard that is indistinguishable from the original. The entrepreneurs leveraged the cacti growing on their plantation in the Mexican state of Zacatecas, to create what they’ve called Desserto.

  • Sweden builds ‘renoducts’ for reindeers as a result of global warming

    ‘Renoducts’ is the newly given name by Swedish transport authorities for the bridges they are building for reindeers. A blend of reindeer and viaduct to form renoduct. These newly constructed renoducts will help Sweden’s 250,000 reindeers cross busy roads as they navigate further afield to find food.

  • Nzambi Matee discovers a way to make bricks from recycled plastic

    This week we're sharing an incredible story of innovation, inspired by Nzambi Matee, a young woman in Kenya who has started manufacturing bricks that are stronger than concrete from recycled plastic ... The company transforms plastic waste into durable construction products, producing up to an impressive 1500 bricks a day. They have recycled up to 20 tons of plastic waste.
  • The world's most sustainable drinks company

    As January ends, we're officially getting 'in the spirit' and kicking off February with a blog post about beer (okay, our pun would've worked better if we were writing about spirits but hey, we tried). Today we wanted to highlight BrewDog as a company who we feel are making a conscious effort to operate in an eco-friendly manner, showing us that strides towards sustainability can be taken in all industries, even those that aren't always front of mind when we talk about sustainability.

  • Innovations in technology: Solar panel remote controls

    As most of us adapt to a new norm of working from home, it is no surprise our TV remotes are getting used a lot more. It’s an unnoticed contributor to our digital footprint. The new solar powered eco remote is far smaller than previous models and also is made from 28% recycled polyethylene terephthalate netting out at a total weight of 31 grams.
  • Veganism is here to stay

    Remember the days when Western veganism seemed nothing more than another passing fad? Well, the good news is it looks like a lot of us are more dedicated to the cause than originally expected by skeptics of the movement ... Whilst we're not going to delve into all the nuanced details of veganism today, we did want to share our findings on the beauty industry and why certain claims can be misleading.

  • A year in search (with thanks to Google)

    This week we thought we’d reflect on the crazy year we’ve had. Even though the negatives stood out for many of us, there were some surprisingly positive search trends, courtesy of Google’s Year in Search. We've chosen our favourite, uplifting searches to share with you below.

  • Supermarkets crack down on single-use plastic

    This Christmas, supermarkets including Tesco, M&S, Waitrose, ASDA, Morrisons and Iceland have made the move to reduce their single-use plastic products. Tesco announced this week that they have removed 20 million items of plastic from their Christmas range alone. Greenpeace estimates that a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute and UK supermarkets produce 800,000 tonnes every year.

  • Eco-friendly paints are here

    Traditional household paints contain a high volume of volatile organic compounds, which can trigger many respiratory issues, from asthma to nausea and general lethargy. The good news is (you guessed it!) there are eco-friendly paint options out there ... Considering that eco-friendly paints are a relatively new concept, and potentially at risk of being greenwashed, we made it easy to understand what to look out for.

  • Technology meets greener cities!

    Google announced last week the launch of the Tree Canopy Lab, an AI-based platform that uses aerial imagery to help cities see their current tree coverage and allows for effective planning of future tree planting ... The technology allows us to create greener cities and bring cooler temperatures to our neighbourhoods. Hundreds of cities will benefit from this technology in the coming years. Say hello to cleaner cities!