Born out of frustration that mainstream news only promotes the negative, we're bringing you a regular fix of the good news buried underneath the bad. Happy Friday!

Watching mainstream media, you might sometimes feel like human beings are determined to screw up the planet and everyone on it. Yet, all around the world, amazing people – just like you – are coming up with new ways of living, loving and doing business to create a better future for us all. So we’ve decided to dedicate a regular blog to shout out some of the good news we’ve seen each week. Here’s this week’s shout out:

Lego prosthetic arm for children wins award at Paris show

A prosthetic arm that allows children to design their own Lego accessories has won an innovation award in Paris. The IKO Creative Prosthetic System won the Grand Prix award at digital technology summit Netexplo. Lego attachments, including a remote-control digger, fit onto the battery-powered arm and 3D-printed socket. So cool!

Jo Dixon, national co-ordinator at Children's charity Reach, said using cheaper materials in the construction of prosthetics made them “far more affordable” for children and easier to maintain. "The popularity of the new, simple 3D versions, including a build-your-own Lego kit, with their robotic appearance and bespoke colours means that they can help to increase self-confidence," Jo said.  

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The Body Shop enters new era of sustainable business with bold CSR strategy

The Body Shop has launched an ambitious new CSR strategy including an overarching goal to be the world's most ethical and truly sustainable global business. The beauty products seller, which turns 40 next month, has established a new sustainability framework entitled 'Enrich Not Exploit’, incorporating 14 specific, measurable CSR targets for 2020.

New targets include ensuring 100 per cent of The Body Shop’s natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced – reducing the energy consumption of The Body Shop stores by 10 per cent every year, and guaranteeing that that 70 per cent of The Body Shop’s product packaging does not contain fossil fuels.

“We have set ourselves a significant goal to be the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business,” The Body Shop chief executive Jeremy Schwartz said. “For us, being truly sustainable means shaping our business to work in line with the planet’s natural systems so they can replenish and restore themselves.”

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Here's a Valentine's Day reminder that #LoveHasNoLabels

The Love Has No Labels campaign – created by the Ad Council – has, over the past year, been working to fight unconscious biases about how and who to love – for the LGBTQ community, for the religious community, and for anyone with a disability.

The campaign is celebrating its most moving and beautiful moments in the above video – highlighting a year of milestones in the freedom to love. Happy Valentine’s day lovers. Now go and support #LoveHasNoLabels!

#LoveHasNoLabels. Not now. Not ever. | Upworthy Original w/ Ad Council

2016 wind power output in Scotland “off to a flying start”

In January this year wind turbines in Scotland alone provided enough electivity to the National Grid, to cover, on average, the electrical needs of 123 per cent of Scottish households (2.98 million homes).

WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said “2015 proved to be a big year for renewables, and the latest data makes clear that 2016 is already off to a flying start, with wind power alone meeting nearly half of Scotland’s total electricity needs during January.

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In other news…

  • European Solar Market Grows 15 per cent  in 2015 – In 2015, European countries connected around 8 GW of solar power systems to electrical networks and demand for solar power systems increased by around 15 per cent year-on-year.
  • The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship has just launched in the BVI – following the success of the other Branson Centres, the team is extending its offering of entrepreneurial and mentoring expertise to people living in the British Virgin Islands. If you or someone you know is an entrepreneur living in the area, then be sure to apply. The centre is recruiting until February 26th so don’t miss out! 
  • Canadians learn Arabic to give Syrian refugees a warm welcome – As part of a national plan to resettle 25,000 Syrians – 17,862 refugees have arrived in Canada since November 2015. To help the new arrivals feel welcome a Canadian man, David Foster, is spearheading a program that teaches Canadians Arabic words and numbers to help them communicate with refugees resettling in the country. 
  • Crowdfunded smartpatch aims to put snoring to bed – A device which could reduce the sound of snoring is set to launch this year. The Silent Partner smartpatch works using noise cancelling technology often found in headphones. A counter sound to the snore is emitted from the device cancelling out the sound of the snoring itself – in theory giving sleeping partners a better night's rest.

 

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