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Monday, 18 October 2021
Good morning kwippers. For our London-based readers, a new British pub is allowing customers to pay for pints with old, unwanted tech. At the Trade-Inn in London, people can trade food and drinks for almost 14,000 kinds of electronic devices, including old iPhones, which are then repaired by a tech company for future use. The innovative idea comes as new data reveals the UK is forecast to be Europe’s biggest producer of electronic waste, overtaking current global leader Norway by 2024. It only runs this week, so learn more (and visit) here.

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Permafrost loss

Cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia are suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is built. Across the country, there are more than 15 million people living on permafrost foundations, which are now at dire risk. With permafrost covering 65% of Russia's landmass, the costs are already mounting and the country could face $97 billion in infrastructure damage by 2050 if the rate of warming continues. Built in the 1960s and 1970s as Soviet Russia expanded into the Arctic, many buildings in the far north and far east were constructed with the assumption that the permafrost – frozen for millennia – was sturdy and would never thaw. As Russia warms 2.8 times faster than the global average, the melting of Siberia's long-frozen tundra is also releasing greenhouse gases that scientists fear could frustrate global efforts to curb climate-warming emissions. The government is investing to better monitor the subterranean thaw, however many villagers have already lost their homes due to the melting landscape. 

INNOVATION

Econyl-on

Econyl is a material conceived as a greener alternative to nylon and is made entirely from recycled waste products, such as carpets and old fishing nets. Econyl is quite elastic and tough (like traditional nylon) and can easily be woven into everything, ranging from garments to industrial textiles. While elasticity is one of its main draws, the fibre does have downsides, e.g. it lacks durability, isn't moisture-wicking, and is highly flammable. The production process for econyl starts with collecting polluting waste, and then cleaning and sorting it to recover any nylon. Once products containing econyl are no longer used by the consumer, they can go back to step one of the regeneration system, producing new econyl products. With this process, econyl can be recycled infinitely. Nylon typically has a detrimental impact on the environment, but by using recycled materials to make econyl, the impact is drastically reduced.

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THE LOW DOWN

  • E-waste from this year alone will weigh as much as Great Wall of China
  • Microsoft to shut down LinkedIn in China
  • Costa Rica among first ever winners of the Earthshot Prizes
  • Biden plans to expand offshore wind turbines to US coasts
  • France to ban plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables from January 2022
  • Coldplay's eco-friendly 2022 tour will be partly powered by fans dancing

#Showerthoughts

  • If a sloth clapped, it would always sound sarcastic.
  • If Microsoft’s only product was Excel, they’d still be a massive company.
  • The way you make a family is not family-friendly.
  • If you simply carry a mug with you, you’ll look like you belong anywhere.
  • If tables only had 3 legs, they’d never wobble.

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