Newsletter – September Week 1

positive sustainable stories

I’ve been so busy gallivanting all over the place this week I forgot to finish this week’s post until now. I have a strong expectation that at least one of my kids’ classes will be sent home for self-isolation in the near future, so I’m trying to get everything important out of the way in advance. Have to say I’m also loving being out of the house more too. As an extrovert lockdown has not been easy, and I have developed an aversion to most online communications.

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Yesterday I had a very zero waste day. I picked up a free second-hand jumper for my daughter, met a friend for a plant-based lunch in a cafe with resuable crockery and cutlery, and then visited a farmers market to buy local-grown and / or organic veg, and it was sunny!!!!! Love days like that, make me feel energised and full of hope. On that note I’ll be participating in a free panel discussion next week on Staying Positive in Challenging Times next Thursday. This event is being organised by the Zero Waste Festival Crew as part of their Zero Waste Week 2020 celebration. Check out their FB page for more information. I also wrote an article titled Sustain-ability for online magazine , which is about the positive actions we can take to tackle the threats facing human life on earth.

And now onto this week’s positive sustainable stories and useful tips;

Painting just one blade on wind turbines can reduce bird deaths by 70%

Some tips on how to turn you garden into a winter wildlife haven

Jaguar Land Rover set to cut emissions by a quarter using recycled aluminium

UK department store John Lewis moves to rent out its furniture

China issued new rules for its distant water fishing fleet preventing ships approaching marine protected areas with stiff penalties for ship captains and company managers that break the rules.

Since the 1970s, more than 90,000 km2 of desert in Niger has been regreened by combining huge forests of thorny trees and grain planting leading to a million more tons of grain than before.

Solar powered fridges helping to prevent food waste in countries with unreliable electricity supply

Hungarian wood structure company offers mobile installations for rent 

UK department store Selfridges launches first in-house rental collection 

Nationwide post-lockdown electrical goods buying spree sees record recycling levels

Get ready for spring and buy your organic flower bulbs from Cork garden supplier

Fewer tourists lead to increased turtle hatchlings in Thailand

The Elephant population continues to grown with 140 baby elephants born in the Amboseli National Park since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fruit and veg in season in September

Interestingly new research has now shown that, unlike Europe, overall insect life in America is not in declined

Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste programme started back on tv on Sept 1st

Mobile vending trucks for cleaning products go from strength to strength in Chile

Biogas from cow manure is now being fed-into the UK’s power grid 

The Coronavirus shifted earth overshoot day by 3 weeks

Treat yourself to a 5 minute Strawberry Watermelon Sorbet

Department of Environment invites applications for funding to re-wet farmed peatlands 

Thanks for reading. You can find me on Facebook on Instagram between now and next Friday.


Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

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