Newsletter – December week 4

Happy Sustainable ChristmasHappy Christmas! I didn’t think I’d have time to post to the website this week but I managed to get a bit more college work done than planned so I celebrated by putting together this newsletter. I doubt many of you will read this article on the actual day of Christmas. You probably have much better things to do but it’ll be sitting in your inbox whenever you get around to checking your emails again.

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Have a fabulous holiday break and here’s some (predominately) upbeat stories to keep you smiling all the way into 2021.

Easy origami santas

Fascinating cluster of companies in Italy running a fully circular system of clothing recycling

How to feed the world’s population sustainably

Is a 3-wheeled solar powered car the future of driving

A new app to track and reduce your plastic waste

Designer creates an inflatable aluminium chair that weigh only 1.6kg

How to know if seeds are still good

According to a study, the amount of manmade material created each week weighs the same as Earth’s total population.

This guy is turning leaves into paper in the Ukraine

99 good news stories from 2020

California guitar making company opts for city-grown trees for it’s instruments to cut it’s carbon footprint

Veggie Christmas dinner recipes

H&M invests $100 million in R&D to make a planet positive fashion industry a reality 

Scottish company Brewdog now offering package-free vodka made from unsellable beer

In Finland you can recycle fat from your Christmas Ham into fuel

I really enjoy reading about this couple’s efforts to rewild land they bought in the UK

Recipe for cruelty-free mushroom froie gras 

Top 10 places to watch wildlife in Ireland

Fabulous short animation on why soil is the most amazing thing on earth

An review of Amazon ethics

Water futures set to join likes of gold and oil and trade on Wall Street for first time ever

Chocolate bar brand Tony’s Chocoloney teams up with Pharrell Williams.

54 cities on track to meet Paris Climate Agreement targets

Tom Ford has partnered with Lonely Whale’s 52HZ, to create the Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize, a prize fund of $1 million for ideas to replace the thin-film plastic used for wrapping, plastic sandwich and storage bags.  Submissions will be accepted until the end of January 2021.

Isle of White Distillery gets certified as Net Zero 

Denmark cancels new oil and gas permits and sets date to end existing production

Tesco removes 20m items of plastic from Christmas range 

Waterway protection methods in London see kingfisher numbers increase by 450%

Enjoy live footage from a watering hole in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya

Or visit a city around the world with Skyline Webcams

A useful comparison between heat pumps and gas boilers 

Okay guys, that’s a wrap. Last article of 2021. I’ll still be on Facebook and Instagram so come and have a chat there if you need a break from family festivities!


Published by Elaine Butler

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

6 thoughts on “Newsletter – December week 4

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS keeping this email in my inbox to read in the week when things aren’t so hectic🎅🎅🎅

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  2. Merry Christmas! You know how I feel about Christmas…so reading your post is the best thing I could do all day :). I’m a big Tony’s Chocolonely fan so am delighted to see this initiative. On the subject of rewilding, I just finished reading Wilding by Isabella Tree about rewilding a massive farm in the U.K. that her husband’s family have owned since the 1200s. Extremely detailed and well written.


    1. OMG, I love, love, love that book and gushed about it on Instagram. I accidently got the audio version, which is narrated by the author. She has a fabulous voice. We should do a road trip over there when all this pandemic nonsense disappears.


  3. Merry Christmas, Elaine, I have read through in bed on Christmas morning – the delights of having grown up children. Will have to come back to the links though! Hope 2021 is good too you and yours.


    1. We sent Shay back to bed at 6am and told him to come back in at 8:00am, so it wasn’t too bad. We getting close to having no believers in the house too. I’m hoping 2021 is an improvement on 2020. It’s couldn’t be worse, eh? Hope you have a great one too.


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