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Greta Thunberg rejects environmental prize and $50,000 reward because “The climate doesn’t need awards”

Climate activist Greta Thunberg shunned an awards evening and refused a financial reward for an environmental prize, explaining that people need to pay more attention to science and less time on awards.  The vegan teen was honoured by a ceremony in Stockholm held by the Nordic Council, as both Sweden and Norway had nominated her …

US designer develops eco-friendly and cruelty-free vegan cashmere

A US based dancewear brand has launched its Vegetable Cashmere athleisure collection, an animal friendly option made from plants. David Lee, a former dancer in the Oakland Ballet Company and founder of dancewear brand KD New York, has created a true plant-based alternative to traditional animal fiber cashmere. The brand explains: “We believe the future …

ASDA wants customers to use refillable containers to limit plastic use

ASDA has announced reusable and refillable packaging trials for three months next year in a bid to reduce its environmental impact.  Asda plans to source a third of its own-brand plastic packaging from recycled materials by the end of 2020 effectively reducing 19,500 tonnes of non-recycled plastic use. To achieve its goals, the Walmart based …

Amazon rainforest to reach ‘irreversible tipping point’ within two years

A renowned economist has declared the Amazon is close to its ‘tipping point’ after which it will stop producing rain to sustain itself, deteriorate into a dry desert and become a carbon exhaust. This is a grim forecast for the Amazon region which contains 40 per cent of the world’s tropical forests and accounts for …

Beef production is rapidly destroying the Great Barrier Reef

The beef industry is having a catastrophic impact on the Great Barrier Reef as deforestation drives harmful chemicals into the sea and greenhouse gas emissions cause temperatures to rise.  The Wilderness Society conducted a spatial data audit to analyze the damage of high levels of land clearing and erosions in the Great Barrier Reef region …

Sainsbury’s launches affordable vegan shoe range made from recycled plastic

Sainsbury’s has launched a range of affordable, sustainable vegan shoes for women called Love Our Planet Footwear. The UK supermarket’s new shoe range is approved by PETA as totally vegan friendly and fur free. The brand is also made from sustainable and recycled materials. All shoes are made from at least partially recycled polyester, some …

Canada turns 165,000 square miles of sea into a sanctuary

The Canadian government has stepped up to protect endangered Arctic animals by opening two large ocean sanctuaries spanning a total of 427,000 square kilometers (165,000 square miles). To help animals threatened by global warming, Canada has set up the two marine sanctuaries in the Arctic Ocean. According to National Geographic, the new sanctuaries will conserve …

UK Halloween costumes to generate plastic waste equivalent of 83 million bottles

A study has revealed that this year Halloween costumes bought in the UK will contain 2,000 tonnes of plastic – waste equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. Hubbub and the family nature charity Fairyland Trust investigated 324 clothing items sold by 19 retailers and have found that 83 percent of the material used for Halloween …

Greta Thunberg urges millions of followers to go vegan

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has urged millions of followers on social media to ditch animal products from their diet to save the planet.  The Swedish teenager, who is vegan herself, posted a picture on Facebook after she met vegan sensation Esther the Wonder Pig. “Such a pleasure to finally meet Esther the Wonder Pig and …

New ocean cleaning machine successfully removes fishing nets and microplastics

A huge new machine has begun collecting plastic strewn across the ocean. Netherlands-based nonprofit company Ocean Cleanup has been perfecting the new contraption, and the latest prototype is capable of collecting all kinds of plastics, from huge ghost fishing nets which have been discarded in the sea to microplastics which are 1 millimeter in diameter.  …

IKEA’s indoor garden lets you grow vegetables all year round

IKEA’s new indoor garden system gives you the freedom to grow your own vegetables all year round inside your home. The furniture retailer has launched a hydroponic garden in an attempt to provide a more environmentally friendly product range. Ikea’s KRYDDA/VÄXER indoor garden system allows anyone to grow fresh produce at home regardless of constraints …

Billie Eilish plans most eco-friendly world tour ever

Billie Eilish has announced that she has teamed up with an environmental organization to make her upcoming world tour ‘as green as possible’. The 17-year-old celebrity singer was on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show where she revealed her plans on making her upcoming Where Do We Go? world tour starting in March as eco-friendly as …