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Monday, 11 October 2021
Good morning kwippers. Autumn is officially in full swing and with that, the skeletons in the closet are (literally) coming out. We love Halloween, but a recent report by the charities Hubbub and Fairyland Trust found 31st October to be responsible for a huge uptick in waste - 2,000 tonnes of Halloween plastic (costumes, decorations, sweet wrappers) are bought and tossed away for this single holiday. With that in mind, here's some advice on how to have an eco-friendly Halloween celebration this year. 

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Plastic exhibition

In a bid to urge Indonesians to get rid of single-use plastics, an environmental conservation group has built a Instagrammable outdoor exhibition in the country. ECOTON (Ecological Observation and Wetlands Conservation) have collected plastic pollution from the region’s beaches and rivers over three years in preparation for this exhibition titled ‘3F Plastic’. The exhibit consists of more than 10,000 pieces of single-use plastic waste and is primarily made using hardest-to-recycle plastics to educate visitors on the future we face if we continue to consume single-use plastics at our current rate. Ocean plastic pollution is a growing problem in Indonesia, an archipelago nation that ranks second only behind China for its volume of plastics that end up in the ocean. At the ‘3F Plastic’ exhibition, you can visit ‘Terowongan 4444’, a tunnel made of plastic bottles, which is intended to give visitors the perspective of the fish living in waterways overrun by plastic waste. You can learn more and view photos of the exhibition here. 

INNOVATION

From barley to meat

Barley is one of civilization's oldest crops, however ORF Genetics is exploring new and innovative uses for barley grains in its vast greenhouse in Iceland. Seeds from genetically modified barley plants are being used in a process which creates lab-grown meat. A protein in the seeds, called a growth factor, is harvested, milled and purified before it can be used. While the first growth factors came from animals, ORF's hope is that this barley plant method will be cheaper and scalable. In neatly organized rows, ORF grows 130,000 barley plants year-round using hydroponic cultivation in volcanic pumice instead of topsoil to minimize the risk of any contamination. From an environmental standpoint, ORF's foray into cell-cultured meat stands to make a significant impact. As global populations rise, the demand for diets rich in protein increases exponentially while viable farmland does not. 

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THE LOW DOWN

  • Google (including YouTube) bans ads on climate misinformation
  • UK public now eating significantly less meat
  • UN declares access to a clean environment a human right
  • ‘Eco’ wood stoves emit 750 times more pollution than an HGV, study shows
  • Three scientists share Nobel Prize in Physics for work on climate
  • Danish government allocates €168 million to ramp up plant-based food production

#Showerthoughts

  • Eating junk food is so common that when people start eating healthy it’s instantly labeled as dieting.
  • People who perished climbing Mount Everest literally chose the hill they wanted to die on.
  • In like 30 years kids will be saying "ok zoomer".
  • Alligator doesn't taste like chicken; both taste like dinosaur.
  • Pronunciation for spells shouldn’t matter in Harry Potter or else anyone with a regional or international accent wouldn’t be able to do a lot of spells.

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