Positive Eco News April: Planet-Saving Plants, The Veggie Revolution And…Whale Poo?

The long weekend wasn’t the only thing worth celebrating in April! As well as giving us the perfect excuse to enjoy countless vegan choccies (not that we need one), the month also saw some incredible steps towards a more sustainable future. 

As always, amid the climate stresses, there were glimmers of hope that change is possible. And we believe that these glimmers deserve some serious attention…

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Could whale poo save the earth?

We’ve heard about looking to the natural world for solutions to climate change, but we didn’t quite see this one coming!

Put simply, whale poop is absolutely jam packed with iron. This is due to the fact that the species eat so much fish, squid and krill. Thanks to the high nutrient value, the faeces is truly essential for the growth of plants under the sea.

Researchers at Cambridge University’s Centre for Climate Repair have been using this information to do what they do best: Thinking up innovative ways to save Mother Earth! They reckon that they can encourage the growth of phytoplankton (a microscopic organism that is vital to sea life) using fake whale poo!

Not only is this ridiculously clever, but could increase the oceans’ capacity for carbon capture to 50%, making it a brilliant tool in our fight against climate change.

EU is taking a stand on fast fashion

Here at Wearth London, we rarely shut up about the harms of fast fashion. And for good reason.

After all, textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined!

Luckily, the European Union has said that it plans to take steps to counter the negative environmental impacts of the mass-market fast fashion industry. The new rules would call for minimum use of recycled fibres by 2030, as well as banning the destruction of unsold products. On top of this, they would seek to restrict the release of microplastics into the natural environment and improve global labour standards within the industry.

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Okra stopping plastic pollution

This slimy veggie may not be your favourite savoury snack, but it could be the key to helping stop our issues with microplastics.

In case you don’t know, microplastics are teeny tiny particles released from these synthetic materials. They are wreaking havoc in our oceans and on land, getting into food chains and, recently, even being found in human blood. It’s scary stuff!

Excitingly though, scientists have discovered that okra “goo” could bind together these small plastic particles. If commercialised, it could be added to treatment procedures, to wreap amazing environmental benefits.

Will meat eating become a thing of the past?

It’s hard to imagine a world where meat doesn’t line the shelves of every supermarket. But could it be possible in the future?

Patrick Brown, CEO of Impossible Foods, seems to think so! He reckons that plant-based meats will be so realistic (and tasty) by 2035, that nobody will be eating the real thing anymore.

Whilst it’s difficult to say if this will happen, it’s certainly an exciting prospect. Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, meaning it plays a huge part in global warming. If more people commit to going meat-free (even if only part of the time) the positive impact on the planet really can’t be underestimated.

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We hope this month’s edition of Positive Eco News has given you the chance to see the bright side of all things environmental, for a little while! If you see any more stories that make your eco warrior heart sing, be sure to send them to us on Instagram @WearthLondon.