Newsletter – April Week 1

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It’s nearly 2pm and I’m sitting in my pjs with this newsletter still unpublished. It’s was pretty much 95% finished last night and I intended to do the last 5% this morning and click upload before 10am. But I ended up sleeping in till 10am and then my Zoom knitting session was upon me and, well you can guess the rest.

Sometimes it’s good to say ‘f**k it’ and prioritise the important and not the urgent.

So, here is your slightly-later-than-expected happy planet stories for this week.

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Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

Get €1000 to boost biodiversity in your community

Dyson farming to sell sustainable strawberries in M&S stores this year

Nine girls, aged between 7-14, sue their government over the pollution and climate impacts of oil industry flaring in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Irish libraries join Grow Your Own campaign

The Magpie River in Canada has been declared a living entity and granted legal rights after local environmental groups campaigned for permanent protection.

A group of farmers in the Sierra Madre in Philippines have banded together to successfully reforest over 229 hectares of land

Thanks to the work of Professor Yasar Ergun and local communities along the Turkish-Syrian border a species of wild gazelle once thought to be extinct has been saved.

Fracking in the Delaware River Basin has been permanently banned to protect wildlife and the drinking water supply for 17 million people.

Both Audi and Daimler-Mercedes have announced they will cease development of new combustion engines and adapt their existing engines to meet the EU’s strict emission guidelines.

Finnish Circular Economy event 15- 16th April

Free circular design training for design engineers starting 20th April

Beautiful rammed earth dwellings on an island in Iran

Wireless magnetic charger made from recycled materials

Reddit Gamestop winners donate to wildlife conservation charities

Top electronics brands join first private sector alliance for circular electronics

When a 10 year old has more sense than adults and the impact she has had

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management in the UK are running a Circular Economy Festival online on the 20-21 April

How to set up your own plastic recycling plant

Insect friendly super-highways to be created in the UK

Fancy a random green challenge? If so check out

Great podcast on the sustainable way to demolish a building

Clothing brand Reformation introduces fully traceable denim

Ubiquitous polybags (garment bags) could be made into clothing

A useful library of ‘Library of Things’ locations in the UK

Thousands of acres of forest will be created in and around Birmingham under plans to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the city carbon neutral

Love this. Parkour vigilantes reducing energy consumption and light pollution in France

Rise of re-commerce sees Brits selling more pre-owned goods online 

One man spend 589 days cleaning up a local beauty spot, Eaton Canyon, in LA

Lebanese hospital becomes in the first in the world to go vegan

IKEA releases food scrap cookbook

Great ID sheets for wild insects and flowers from UK organisation Discover the Wild

Nomad Foods team up with WWF to investigate planet positive farming practices

If you want to measure the environmental impact of your packaging then Irish company Clear Stream Solutions has developed a tool, called PEAT, to enable you to do just that

I questioned the conflict between prioritising shareholders and sustainability when chatting to someone involved in American corporate finance a year ago. They brushed it off, saying there was no conflict. This article suggests otherwise


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Published by Elaine Butler

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

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