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Monday, 04 October 2021
Good morning kwippers. We took a much-needed break last week but we're back with your weekly dose of kwip. This week, we're spotlighting a new app that helps you figure out the recycling rules for different day-to-day household materials. Aptly named 'Scrapp,' the new app shows you whether packaging is recyclable or not (according to local council rules), just by scanning the item's barcode. Additionally, Scrapp also gives you points for each piece of packaging you recycle, and these can then be redeemed for discounts on your favourite sustainable brands or donated to eco-friendly projects.

The UK has a fairly low recycling rate of 45%, which could be because over half of Britons don't understand common recycling symbols. This lack of knowledge combined with differing council rules across the nation creates confusion and makes it harder to recycle. Scrapp hopes to help clear up some of this by helping you work out the recycling rules from your pizza boxes to your paper towels (some of the most commonly confused items). Learn more about Scrapp here.  


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SUSTAINABILITY  

All hail seagrass

New research has found that while the vast majority of adults know what’s causing climate change, only about half the population is aware of carbon-capture and its role in fighting global warming. Carbon-capture is the process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. While we often think of huge rainforests as being critical for carbon capture, small natural resources also play a huge part, e.g. seagrass, the plant at the root of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) new repopulation project. 

Seagrass is especially adept at harvesting carbon, working over 30 times faster than a rainforest on land would. As seagrass can stay undisturbed underwater, it can also remove carbon for thousands of years. Seagrass also has other uses, such as building habitats for young fish and creating beautiful ecosystems for snorkellers to enjoy. The UK has been one of the worst countries in the world at protecting its natural seagrass, with 92% of the UK’s seagrass lost in the last century. The WWF plans to repopulate the coasts of the UK with seagrass and wants to plant about 30,000 square metres of seagrass habitat (about the same as 3 football pitches). 

INNOVATION

Carbon Literacy 

The Carbon Literacy Project, founded in Manchester in 2011, has trained more than 21,000 people in workplaces, communities and schools. It's a simple model: Participants take a one-day training course covering the science of the climate crisis and potential solutions, and commit to taking two actions – one in their own life and one that involves people around them – to reduce emissions. The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP) has created a standard to ensure all training courses deliver the required basic knowledge, but people are empowered to deliver the training themselves and tailor it to their audience. The project is cautious to avoid any companies that it feels may use the training as a form of greenwashing, i.e. trying to appear to be taking action on the climate crisis without actually doing so. But it does not shy away from working with companies that could be considered polluting by their very nature. For example, CLP has worked with the car advertising company Auto Trader, which aims to have 100% of its staff carbon literate within two years and is committed to supporting the sale of electric vehicles. 

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THE LOW DOWN

  • Half of the planet's coral reefs have been lost since 1950
  • Revolut under pressure from staff to address stark gender pay gap
  • NASA's latest satellite to track effects of global climate crisis
  • Apple & Disney among companies backing groups against US climate bill
  • DeepMind, Google’s AI firm, faces legal action over NHS data use

#Showerthoughts

  • Eating a banana, apple, orange, and kiwi on the same day was unheard of 100 years ago.
  • The first astronauts didn’t want to be astronauts when they grew up.
  • A baby's first cry after birth is the human brain’s startup sound.
  • Most people aren't actually afraid of death, they're afraid of pain.
  • People try finding the ‘hottest’ peppers. But no one tries to find the ‘coldest’ mint.

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#kwipuzzle

Picture three boxes containing fruit. The first box is marked peaches, the second is marked oranges, and the third box is marked peaches and oranges. Each of the boxes is labeled incorrectly. How could you label each box correctly if you were allowed to select only one fruit from one of the boxes?

Solution

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