Sustainable New of the Month – November 2017

Sulapac Ltd presenting a Novel Premium Eco-Packaging at Luxe Pack Monaco – A new eco-packaging designed in Finland is taking over the world even though it is still in its infancy. I hope this it the future and we could say bye to the plastic cosmetics waste!

Are Petite Poplars the Future of Biofuels? Studies Say Yes – Researchers are studying whether poplar trees might be the more sustainable source of fuel and how to create it economically.

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 Pulling Iron Out of Waste Printer Toner – To combat the toner waste problem and wasting important resources a group has reportedly devised a way how to get iron out of the printer toners and reuse it as a bridge or building components.

Organic Farming Can Make an Important Contribution to World Nutrition, Research Shows – According to the research organic instead of the conventional farming could be more sustainable as well as contribute to world nutrition despite of lower numbers of yields.

Additive Manufacturing And Sustainability: The Environmental Implications of 3D Printing – Nevertheless of the excitement of 3D printing and its possibilities, it’s impact on the environment and sustainability hasn’t been researched widely yet. This article discusses the current research conducted and what may be possible implications.

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Green Roofs To Reduce the Effects of Climate Change – It is no surprise that green roofs are good for the climate and people as well, but the research explains that if at least 40% of roofs were covered with plants it could start combatting the climate change.

Crunch Time For Food Security – Insects are considered as an option to feed the population of the world.

 

Let me know any other interesting sustainable news!

With love,

Lii

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Sustainable vegetable marking – forget the stickers

Not too long ago I stumbled onto this article about laser marking vegetables in Sweden. A company called ICA wanted to have an environmental marking system for their organic produce and were marking avocados and sweet potatoes by laser. Reading more into it I found that similar type of system has been experimented in the UK as well at Marks and Spencers.

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So what is it?

EU requires the produce sold to be marked in some way. Up until now most fresh vegetables and fruit had been marked with a sticker. The stickers are made with glue and using dyes to print them and are discarded afterward. The laser, on the other hand, peels off a layer of the vegetable or the fruit leaving a mark on it, which can be eaten or peeled. To top this, the technology produces only 1% of the carbon emission than the production of similarly sized stickers!

Laser tagging is still in its early experimentation and it might not work on all produce, however, I cannot be excited enough to be without the stickers! The annoyance to rip them off and having left with the sticky surface. I am looking forward to Marks and Spencer widening their repertoire of laser tagged produce as well as I hope the rest of the Europe would.

You can read more about this from Guardian, DesignWeek and Freshplaza (picture taken from).

 

What do you think about laser tagging fresh produce?

With love,

Lii

Bee’s Wrap Sheets – a sustainable food wrapping

Striving to be sustainable I often come upon the problem of making too much waste, especially when food is involved. For this reason, I usually like to store my food in different containers, but too often I tend to go for a plastic wrap or foil wrap. When I stumbled upon Bee’s wrap on the buy me once website I got very excited and I had to share it with you as well!

 

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Bee’s wrap sheets are a reusable and sustainable alternative to plastic wrapping your food. They are made of organic cotton, bee’s wax, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, which make them natural, antibacterial and ease to care for. The wax moulds from the warmth of your hands and stays in place in cold. It is easy to clean with cool water and mild soap. If you read their testimonials and how quickly they’ve built the business you can see that the product is a hit.

According to their website all their products are sourced sustainably, including the bee’s wax which is sourced from sustainably managed hives. The product lasts for about a year, but it is biodegradable and compostable so it doesn’t fill the landfills with extra produce.

 

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I am so excited about this product, and the brand, I am planning to order one for an experiment. Did you get excited? If you did, check their website here for more information! Don’t you just wish there were more innovations like this? And that they would spread their wrap so that products you buy from stores were wrapped in this?

Pics from buy me once and Bee’s wrap.

With love,

Lii

Zero-waste supermarkets, here they come!

I have been long annoyed with how much packaging all of our groceries have and how much waste it is! I complain about this often to my boyfriend and am coming up with ideas how things could be better (you can’t even imagine how many ideas I have :D). Once I was talking about how wonderful it would be, if supermarkets would not have packaging at all, but we would all have to bring our own containers to the store. He shrugged it off, saying that it would be highly unlikely that it would happen. The next day I read this article!

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Zero-waste supermarkets. It is a thing! It is a fairly new thing, as the first one is planning to open this summer, that I know off. It is not happening in the UK, but rather in Copenhagen, Denmark and Vancouver, Canada, but it is a start for the brighter future. Don’t you think?

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Zero-waste supermarket, what does it mean exactly? Well, they both go by the same principle. No packaging when you are shopping for your groceries. Instead, you can bring your own containers, buy containers from the store which you can reuse or use their compostable bags. You can buy as much as you want, and reduce your food waste. In addition, they offer mostly local organic ingredients supporting eco-friendly agriculture.

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I find this such an excellent idea, that it should be a law, and all the supermarkets in the world should be doing this! Of course, it would be something to get used to, but hey, with got used to 5p plastic bags! But imagine the effect this would have on the environment. No unnecessary plastic packaging that litters our nature, less food waste and supporting local farmers and reducing food mileage. Sustainable, ethical and good for you. What more could we want?! In addition, both of these stores claim that their organic food is competitively priced compared to other supermarkets because of their bulk buying and all their leftover food is donated to charities. Loving it!

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Now, I am waiting for other supermarkets getting inspires and open a similar zero-waste store in Glasgow! If you want to read more about the zero-waste stores you can read an article from Huffington Post, or go straight to the Løs Market and Zero-Waste Market websites. Happy fooding and dreaming!

Would you like a similar store near where you live?

All pictures are from the two shop websites.

With love,

Lii

Hisbe, the reason why I want to move to Brighton

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I lately read an article about a store, which made me really annoyed about not living in Brighton. Let me tell you why. I am often appalled by how I have not found a well priced really ethical and sustainable everyday grocery store, where I can buy whatever I want with no regret. Well, now there is a grocery store where I would love to shop! It is called Hisbe or How It Should Be.

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The catch phrase for this store is Happiness before profits, and the whole ethos behind their business is serving the people and the communities before the business itself. Amazing! Here are some of their promises, which at least made me really want to move to Brighton to shop from them! Hoping their idea is so successful that they will spread to every corner in the UK in no time? Wouldn’t that be great?

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What I really love about this concept is the transparency in their business. They want to gain the trust of their customers and trade fairly. This is what all the retailers should be aiming for! I also like their colour choices and visuals!

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I do recommend checking their website, as it is inspirational and beautiful as well! And now I need to plan a trip (or a move) to Brighton to visit this store!!

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All the pictures are from the Hisbe website.

With love,

Lii