Welcome to this week's GOOD news! Born out of frustration that mainstream news often only promote the negative, we're back to bringing you a regular fix of the good news buried underneath the bad. 

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. Enjoy today's shout out to some of the good news we’ve seen this week

Inspiring students no matter what their results

Receiving test results is always a daunting experience, which is why one school in Northern Ireland is taking a new approach when mailing students their grades. On opening their results letter, each student received words of reassurance and praise from their school;

“Inside the envelope is a score. It’s a score you’ve been waiting for but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for. If that’s the case, it’s only natural that you will feel disappointed. We will be very sorry about that and will feel disappointed ‘for you’ too – but we won’t feel disappointed ‘in you’.”

After all, exams certainly aren’t what matter most in life and these teachers are going above and beyond to make sure every student knows they are valued no matter what.

The Body Shop to turn greenhouse gases into plastic packaging

The Body Shop is taking a stand against greenhouse gases thanks to a new research partnership between the retailr and cleantech firm, Newlight Technologies.

With an aim to create packaging from greenhouse gases, if successful, the partnership will see The Body Shop become the first company to try and industralialise AirCarbon within the beauty industry. Read more…

Lidl goes 100 per cent sustainable with bananas

German discount retailer Lidl has committed to only stocking and selling bananas that are either Rainforest Alliance or Fairtrade-certified.

Lidl UK’s head of fresh produce Jon Covey said: “We are extremely pleased to make this commitment to sourcing our bananas from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and see this as a positive step for all involved - from the producer to our customers. 

“We fully recognise and respect the work of the Rainforest Alliance in promoting the wellbeing of workers and the conservation of natural resources. We are totally committed to ensuring fairness throughout our supply chains.”

Big-hearted little boy gives up birthday gifts to help shelter animals

When was the last time you came across a five year old who would willingly choose to pass up on birthday gifts? Well that’s exactly what Dalton Shaw did. Having a birthday close to Christmas, Dalton’s parents were conscious of spoiling their little boy by showering him in endless gifts and instead, asking him if he’d like to do something different.

Dalton then decided to ask people to donate money for shelter animals. Coming from a family that had already rescued two dogs and two cats, Dalton wanted to help the ones he couldn’t bring home.

Dalton’s request resulted in people showing up to his bowling alley birthday party with an array of animal-themed goodies. From bags of pet food, treats and toys, to a cash lump sum totalling $225 – Dalton’s wish came true. What a way to celebrate at just five years old. 

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