Welcome to this week’s edition of our Climate Joy series. This right here marks the 15th edition of our weekly documentary of joyful news in the fight to save our climate. Now the curated stories presented to you in this weekly series are by no means exhaustive, they are merely offerings shared with you to inspire hope.
That been said, let’s jump right in.
Nestle has announced that it will be using a recyclable paper wrapping for its Yes! Snack Bars. According to the company, this is the first time a confectionery bar has been packaged in paper using high-speed flow wrap technology. Before now, existing technology could only do shelf-stable wrapping with plastic and laminate.
The paper is made from water-based coating and is said to degrade within six months. The packaging is now available in 13 countries. This is part of the company’s commitment to make all their wrappers recyclable by 2025.
More companies like Nestle are catching up to the need for more sustainable packaging and this is mostly due to pressure from their customers. Plastic awareness is higher than it has ever been and studies show that U.S. consumers (48%) are likely to change what they buy to meet environmental standards. To know that people can pressure the big dogs into doing something right for the environment is hugely encouraging.
Researchers in Saudi Arabia have announced the invention of new technology that can both generate solar power and purify water at the same time. This technology uses a tiered system beneath a solar panel, where the contaminated water passes through, is heated, turned to steam and after passing through a membrane, condenses to clean water. The invention is capable of purifying saltwater and seawater.
Water purification takes a lot of energy and equipment which is often not available to people in areas that need the water the most. The new technology can be used in a backyard or in industrial scale and this is no small feat.
At the 080 Catwal fashion show held recently in Barcelona, sustainable fashion was front and centre. Young designers and fashion startups were proud to showcase their apparel, made from environment friendly materials.
Others such as eco-friendly swimwear brand allSisters went all the way, and exclusively used recycled fabrics to make their products. All-female company Sonia Carrasco is so vehemently anti-plastic that the designer named her newest collection, 33.394759-124.969482, using the coordinates of the so-called “Plastic Island” in the Pacific Ocean.
It is believed this was inspired by a report last year that stated that Spain was the second biggest plastic polluter of the Mediterranean Sea behind Turkey.
America’s largest commercial insurance provider Chubb has announced that it will no longer insure or invest in coal. According to its new policy, the company will no longer underwrite the construction of new coal-fired power plants. It will also stop investing in companies that generate more than 30 percent of their revenues from coal mining or production, as well as phase out existing coverage for mining and utility companies that exceed the 30 percent threshold.
Insurance companies play a pivotal role in helping fossil fuel companies obtain funding and investments. They also are liable to face the most losses from climate related disasters. This, Chubb’s decision is not only right for the environment but also smart for the insurance industry.
Climate advocates have been campaigning for the insurance industry to divest from fossil fuels and looks like they’re slowly winning!
That’s all for this week’s edition of our climate joy series. I hope these developments inspire you to do all you can to save our world this week, regardless of where you are.
And I hope you drop by next week for more.