Tuesday, 1 June 2021
Good morning kwippers. After a very warm and sunny long weekend here in the UK, we can finally welcome peak gardening season. Even building a little green space in your home can help improve wellbeing and boost your local environment. Check out this very useful guide on Green Garden Hacks by Curious Earth which explains how to sustainably create a lovely green space indoors or outdoors. 

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European Green Capital 2021

Lahti, Finland's ninth-largest city with a population of just 120,000 inhabitants, is the European Green Capital for 2021. This recognition from Brussels is for cities that have impressive environmental records and Lahti also received €350,000 earlier this year as part of the honour. As Europe's green ambassador for the year, other European cities can learn from Lahti by trialling some of their environmentally friendly initiatives: 

  • Get environmental volunteers to educate children: In Lahti, elderly volunteers regularly take students to green spots and educate them on their surrounding biodiversity using various activities, like bird-watching or learning names of flowers in a meadow. 
  • Get high-profile institutions to show the way: The Lahiti Pelicans want to be the world's first carbon-neutral ice hockey team. Ice hockey is a very popular sport in Finland, so when players set an example around sustainability, it has a positive impact on fans and the surrounding community. 
  • Claim back polluted areas: During summertime, the harbour at Lake Vesijärvi in Lahti is bustling with life. However, back in the 1970s, this same area was lined with polluting factories and the lake was completely unfit for use. After the restoration of the lake, it has now become the city's 'public living room' with people even swimming in its clear blue waters. 
  • Invest in the best: In 2019, a new bio plant started its operation in Lahti which enabled the city to stop all coal-fired energy. The new plant burns certified biomass (mainly wood chips from forest residues and forest industry by-product) and provides the majority of the city's residents with electricity and district heating. 


Hybrid work made simple

Café is a new French start-up that wants to help companies switch to a hybrid remote-and-office workplace model. However, Café isn't a traditional desk-booking tool - instead, the company helps you see when your teammates are coming to the office so you can plan when you should also be in the office. Instead of focussing on workspace like traditional hotdesking models, Café focusses on people first. When you open the app, you get a simple calendar view and for each day, you can see your team members divided by groups (people coming in vs. working from home, etc.). In just a few taps, you can tell your other co-workers what you plan to do. This way, it becomes much easier to schedule meetings, have in-person conversations and just hang out with your colleagues. In addition to its mobile app and web app, Café also integrates with your existing tools, like Slack. The company recently raised a $1 million seed round and is already being used by organizations like Livestorm and Yubo. 

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  • Chile bans single-use plastics (food packaging, disposable cutlery)
  • Iran bans cryptocurrency mining for 4 months to stave off blackouts
  • Thousands evacuated in DR Congo after second volcano warning
  • Tesla starts using in-car camera for Autopilot driver monitoring


  • It's a wonder how not enough braille is on dog food and products, especially considering that a majority of the blind/visually impaired have seeing-eye dogs.
  • The fast and furious movie saga is the high budget version of the "and then and then and then" stories children tell.
  • Finding grey hair is a sign of youth. Older people don't have to "find" it. It's just there.
  • For squirrels, power lines are mysterious superhighways that were built by advanced giant apes for unfathomable purposes.
  • “Let sit for 2 minutes” is possibly the most ignored instruction among microwave users.


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