Monday, 28 June 2021
Good morning kwippers. We're officially halfway through the year (somehow) and our New Year's Resolutions might feel like a distant dream. But it's never too late to try something new and we loved this list of apps that are making sustainability easier in 2021. Check out the 10 apps here and let us know which one you're loving the most!

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Green roofs

A rooftop in the City of London is the last place you'd expect to find a hidden sanctuary for wildlife, but green roofs are spreading across central London. A green roof is 'a roof or deck where vegetation or habitat for wildlife is deliberately established.' Along with providing a safe space for rare wildlife, building green roofs in cities can offer a range of other benefits, such as improving local air quality and building resilience against extreme weather events (e.g. urban heat island effect, floods). Green roofs can help tackle urban heat by providing a cooling service for the local area. Plants naturally absorb water through their roots and later release it into the air as moisture, which has a cooling effect on their surroundings. Nomura's (Japanese bank) green rooftop is one of 700 in central London and this cooling effect is largely enough to allow the bank to reduce the use of air conditioning in the summer. The need to prepare for worsening heatwaves and floods in the UK is greater than ever, and green roofs can provide an innovative solution. 


Eco-friendly vinyl

With the vinyl resurgence booming, the environmental impact of our beloved vinyl records is becoming a concern. There were 22 times more vinyl albums sold in the UK in 2020 than in 2007 - with sales leaping from 210,000 to 4.8 million. Vinyl is made from PVC (poly vinyl chloride) which is quite difficult to recycle, and tends to go to landfill or incineration. The music industry has begun exploring alternatives, with Nick Mulvey releasing his single in 2019 on 'ocean vinyl.' Ocean vinyl was a high-quality playable record made entirely from recycled plastic from the local ocean found in beach combs in the south of the UK. Only around 100 limited edition copies were made and all proceeds went to the charity Surfers Against Sewage. This was an exciting achievement, but mass production of records using recycled plastic is still a while away. Several other presses around the world have also started to specialise in recycling old records and using vinyl off-cuts, e.g. London-based Ninja Tune.

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  • IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report
  • U.N. states Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger,' but Australia disagrees
  • Amazon accused of wasting & destroying unsold products in the UK
  • Lego unveils new bricks made from recycled bottles
  • UK bans world's largest crypto-currency exchange
  • Food giants to trial traffic light 'eco-labels' this year


  • We really don't appreciate the fact that email is free.
  • Students going to law school are seen as bright and upstanding citizens, but lawyers are often ridiculed by society and considered by some to be evil.
  • Somehow, all kids everywhere figure out "the floor is lava" game without being taught it.
  • Water is both the least expensive and most valuable liquid in the known Universe.
  • If you trip, fall, and survive, you’ve basically survived colliding with a planet.


Rearrange all the letters in the sentence to form a well known proverb.
"It rocks. The broad flag of the free."


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