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Sustainability News 18th November

The latest sustainability news, fun, facts and reviews from the Green Elephant for 18th November 2020.

Top stories:

01:00 – UK 10 point climate action plan
13:38 – Launching the search for the Gretas of the future

06:20 Vevember update

11:43 Recommendation:

Find and support BCorps in your area/industry. Search the BCorps directory.

Company News:

18:03 – Food tech startup Zero Egg raises $5 million in Series A funding to offer plant-based eggs to consumers
19:40 – Logitech to Include Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic in 50% of Mice and Keyboards
21:00 – High carbon emissions predicted for Black Friday

Sustainable Technology News:

23:07 – Coles soft plastics recycled in carpark concrete
24:04 – This waterproof outerwear is made with fishing nets and nylon waste
25:08 – Smelly but smart: ships to use ammonia as “zero-carbon” fuel

Other Sustainability News:

26:37 – 1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions – study
27:30 – First murder hornet nest found to have 200 queens capable of spawning new nests
28:44 – Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find
30:23 – Covid in Scotland: Social distancing ‘could wreck mountain footpaths’

31:20 Action Alley:

Work our your cost per wear or cost per use.

Cost per wear of a classic denim jacket

34:13 BCorp Spotlight


Patagonia Action Works
For almost 40 years, Patagonia has supported grassroots groups working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. But in this time of unprecedented threats, it’s often hard to know the best way to get involved. That’s why they’re connecting individuals with grantees, in order to take action on the most pressing issues facing the world today.
1% for the planet
Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. They’ve awarded over $89 million in cash and in-kind donations to domestic and international grassroots environmental groups making a difference in their local communities. In 2002, founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, created a non-profit corporation to encourage other businesses to do the same.
Worn Wear
Drop it in the mail not landfill!
One of the most responsible things they do as a company is make high-quality stuff that lasts for years, so you don’t have to buy more of it.
Buying a used garment extends its life on average by 2.2 years, which reduces its carbon, waste and water footprint by 73%.

Visit Patagonia

37:14 – Listener Feedback

  • We discussed being an imperfect vegan on the show last week. Loads of people have been in touch, including @eco_vibess and @blending2vegan. Especially liked @eco_dinos who apparently went vegan overnight! And @compostablestuff who gave us the term “freegan” – vegan unless it’s free!!
  • We posted a story to social about scientists wanting to induce global warming on Mars to make it habitable! This was met with universal derision, @walk_the_amazon suggested we should just make the earth work, while @alex.ludlow4 and @cigcarw_llyn_venison had a lively debate about the madness and whether it was up to Bezos, Musk and others to resolve!

41:09 Fact or Fake?

Electric vehicle themed.

  1. There are more electric car charging points than petrol stations in the UK
  2. The first electric car was invented in 1832
  3. Electric cars are cheaper to insure than petrol, diesel or gas
  4. Half a Million Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In China In 2019
  5. In 2019 China accounted for 50% of all electric vehicle sales

And finally:

45:14 – Urban gulls target school break times for food, says report
45:55 – Orange-bellied parrot: best year in a decade for critically endangered bird

Thanks for listening to this weeks sustainability news.

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