Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Air Pollution Crisis: 18 Ways You Can Help

What’s the problem with Air Pollution? The problem is simple. Air pollution is causing the premature deaths over around 9,500 Londoners every year. A joint report by over 40 MPs has described the problem as a public health emergency. The World Health Organisation have described it as the “single biggest environmental health risk” In April, during a particularly severe episode of pollution, London’s air quality was worse…

Backlash against ‘Fast Fashion’ enters a new season

What’s Going On? Fashion Revolution Week – part of a global movement which campaigns for reform in the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed – kicked off on Monday in the Houses of Parliament with Fashion Question Time. Politicians, academics, activists and fashion industry experts are discussing the most important issues in the fashion industry. Arguably the most pressing of all…

World’s first ocean plastic cleaning machine launches in Pacific

What’s Going On Here? After years of development, The Ocean Cleanup will begin the process of installing its first plastic capturing device in the Pacific Ocean. What Does This Mean? Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, was just 18 years old when he first came up with the invention, a passive system that collects plastic by utilising ocean currents. That is some impressive ‘Blue Ocean Thinking.’…

Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles, Created By Accident

What’s Going On Here? Scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that can break down single-use plastic drinks bottles. The enzyme could help solve the world’s plastic pollution crisis and also slash the need to produce new plastic! What Does This Mean? PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a type of plastic that is commonly used to make single-use plastic bottles. It is estimated that it…

New Zealand Make MOOves On Farm Emissions

What’s Going On Here? A New Zealand climate change group has been tasked with working out how its country’s farmers should pay for their emissions. The move comes as the government aims to cut the release of agricultural gases in a bid to make New Zealand a zero carbon economy by 2050. What Does This Mean? The likely solution will be a…

100% Green Apple? The bigger picture

What’s Going On Here? Apple has announced that 100% of their operations are powered by renewable energy, this includes shops, offices and the biiiiig old servers where they hold all that data on us. 😳 But this tasty Apple news comes at a time when e-waste (laptops, mobile phones and electronic goods) are the world’s fastest growing waste problem. In 2016 the…

Are tea-bags undoing your food waste efforts?

What’s Going On Here? Microplastics are making their way from our food bins and into our food chain. These non-biodegradable fragments have been found in organic fertilisers applied to farmland. Could a simple cuppa be to blame? What Does This Mean? If we dispose of food waste, it goes to landfill (definitely not cool). But if we recycle it in food waste bins, it is…