Monday, 9 August 2021
Good morning kwippers. We woke up today to the news of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report detailing how humans are driving unprecedented change to our rapidly warming planet. Earlier today, a 41-page summary of the report was released to the public, but you can catch up on the ten key takeaways right here. 

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Garden furniture 2.0

Farms that use hydroponics (grow produce without soil, usually in large warehouses) and traditional greenhouses have started to become integral parts of our food supply chain, mainly for leafy greens. Vertical hydroponic farming is often seen as a sustainable alternative to traditional growing. It uses 95% less water, has less impact on soil and the urban farms can be placed in food deserts or close to grocers to cut down on transportation costs. Canadian-based startup Just Vertical is now expanding its offering to home gardeners, and its two new products, the Aeva and the Eve, are marketed as elegant pieces of furniture that can grow between 8 and 10 pounds of food a month using hydroponic technology. While countertop competitors like Aerogardens already exist for herbs, Just Vertical is trying to be both decor and garden to stand out. Currently, the company’s biggest markets are condos and homes, followed by restaurants, schools, cafes and bars. 


Rise of refurb

Vienna-based start-up Refurbed, the leading marketplace for refurbished electronics in the German-speaking region, has raised $54 million in funding. The company has expanded rapidly in recent years, aided by increasing consumer awareness of the environmental impact of e-waste and a demand for less expensive, refurbished electronics, which can be 40% cheaper than new ones. Refurbed works with more than 130 merchants across Europe and last year, it sold more than €100m worth of refurbished goods, up threefold on the previous year. In 2019, 53.6m tonnes of electronic equipment (e-waste) was discarded globally, and Refurbed is hoping to help reduce this. Also noting the fact that most e-waste comes from household items like toasters, kettles and irons, Refurbed is looking to expand what it offers. The company aims to get at least one refurbished device into every household in Europe, helping to change the way we consume electronic devices as a society. 

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  • Amazon launches new resale programs to cut down warehouse waste
  • World leaders to eat only seasonal local fruit and veg at COP26
  • Google Maps warns drivers about emission charges
  • Duolingo is working on a math app for kids
  • Vans recreate classic shoe with a sustainable twist


  • Being bored in your own house is somehow better than being bored at someone else's house.
  • We all probably have a talent for something that we didn't try yet.
  • Since dogs don’t know languages naturally you could train a dog to only respond to elvish and Klingon.
  • The Universe might've already ended, and we're just waiting for it to reach us, like cosmic dominos.
  • We associate hot with red and cold with blue, but blue stars are hotter than red stars.



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