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Sustainability News 6th January
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The latest sustainability news, fun, facts and reviews from the Green Elephant for 16th December 2020.

Top stories:

01:10 – Confronting carbon inequality
16:35 – Massachusetts city to post climate change warning stickers at gas stations

Carbon Warning Sticker
Carbon Warning Sticker

10:12 Challenge update

Technology recycling
Lots of us will have received new technology over the festive period or may have just upgraded our old tech in recent months. That means there is an awful lot of old tech out there! The question is what do you do with it?
Some of the things we found:
  • Apple 5S phone
  • Bush TV sound bar
  • Sony microphone
  • USB soundcard
  • Loads of leads
  • Old macbook pro
  • Old xbox
We’ll be bringing you interviews and tips and telling you what we’ve done with the above equipment.

Company News:

21:55 – Cornwall ‘hot rocks’ firm claims breakthrough deal
23:00 – Discover Bruvi, a single-serve coffee machine with biodegradable pods

Sustainable Technology News:

24:40 – Bamboo Compression Socks offer support via natural and recycled materials
26:00 – Trash-monitoring cameras help McDonald’s clean up its waste stream
27:28 – British wind farms have a record-breaking day
28:10 – Japan to develop wooden satellite in bid to curb space junk
29:45 – New-sprung: the project turning PPE offcuts into Covid patient mattresses
30:50 – A moo-ving target: fenceless grazing widens possibilities for cows and wildlife

Other Sustainability News:

33:08 – World could lose coral reefs by end of century, UN environment report warns
33:40 – Scientists find a female of the world’s most endangered turtle
34:38 – 400,000 Participated in Veganuary Last Year. Will 2021 Be Bigger?
35:17 – Scientists discover 503 new species in 2020

36:20 Recommendation

You can help monitor Amazon deforestation from your couch

39:50 Interview with Lianne Bell

We welcome Lianne Bell, author of How on earth Can I Be Eco Friendly onto the show to discuss he passion, her travels, fast fashion and guilt free sustainability.

Find Lianne: Instagram | Website

Lianne recommends Thousand Fell Recyclable Shoes

01:03:45 – Book Recommendation – To die for by Lucy Siegle

01:04:48 Fact or Fake?

Fast fashion themed with guest Lianne Bell.

  1. Eighty billion pieces of clothing are consumed around the world every year
  2. Only 10% of the clothes people donate to charity shops get sold – the rest goes to landfill
  3. 7 out of 10 textile workers in Bangladesh cannot afford enough food for themselves and their families
  4. Paying a living wage to garment workers would add just 5% to the retail price of a piece of clothing
  5. 85% of the plastic pollution in the ocean is due to microfibres from synthetic clothing

And finally:

00:00 – UK beach clean: disco ball and pink pants among oddest items found
Thanks for listening to this weeks sustainability news.

If you have any stories we should be discussing get in touch @greenelepod or studio@greenelephant.show