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:
The world's bestselling electric car manufacturer Nissan has teamed up with energy powerhouse Enel to revolutionise the electric vehicle market by allowing drivers to act as 'energy hubs' with the ability to store and send back excess electricity to the grid.
Trials have begun in Denmark using Nissan LEAFs to develop a ‘Vehicle 2 Grid’ system that aims to integrate electric vehicle owners and fleets into the grid by charging the cars at low-demand times with cheap tariff periods. Energy generated during these periods can then be stored at home or fed back into the grid to generate greater returns.
If the trials in Denmark are deemed successful, deployment will branch out to Germany, Netherlands and other areas of Northern Europe.
Sportswear giant Adidas has created the world's first sports shoe made entirely from reclaimed and recycled ocean waste, which now includes a 3D-printed midsole made from recycled polyester and fill net content.
Adidas unveiled its latest prototype at the Parley Talks at COP21 in Paris, where the company serve as sponsors for 'Parley for the Oceans' – an educational company intent on ending plastic pollution of the oceans.
Adidas group executive board member for global brands Eric Liedtke said: “World leaders forging an agreement is wonderful, but we shouldn’t need to be told to do the right thing. The industry can't afford to wait for directions any longer.
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is introducing a non-dairy alternative that will result in 40 per cent lower emissions during the production process compared with it's traditional ice cream equivalents.
The non-dairy offering will be made from a blend of coconut and almond milk. It is being rolled out in America from the start of 2016, with plans to expand to Europe within the next couple of years.
The dairy sector accounts for four per cent of global emissions thanks in part to the methane produced by cows and the energy and land-use associated with keeping them. Approximately 40 per cent of Ben and Jerrys' entire carbon footprint comes from dairy. Replacing cow’s milk with natural alternatives like almond or coconut milk significantly reduces these emissions.
BMW and Coca-Cola Enterprises are among the latest tranche of businesses to announce they will get all their electricity from renewable sources as part of the RE100 initiative, which encourages businesses to source 100 per cent renewable power.
The latest wave of pledges will be unveiled this morning as part of 'Energy Day' at the ongoing UN climate summit in Paris. The newest additions to the pledge join the likes of Microsoft, Nike, Marks & Spencer, and Walmart in moving towards 100 per cent renewable electricity use.
In other news...
- $20m global initiative has been announced to end violence and discrimination against transgender people – The Global Trans Initiative is a coordinated response to the alarming and pervasive range of disparities found within transgender communities.
- A regeneration scheme for derelict houses in Toxteth in Liverpool has won Britain's leading contemporary art award, the Turner Prize – The £25,000 prize went to London-based architecture and design collective Assemble, who have overhauled 10 houses in the area.
- Community solar projects are taking on big energy in Australia – Projects funded and run by local people in community energy groups are becoming increasingly popular with 19 community energy groups operating in early 2015 and a further 59 projects in development.
- Greener Kit Kats on the way as Nestlé achieves 100 per cent sustainable cocoa – Nestlé Professional UK & Ireland has become the first major confectionary company in the hospitality and foodservice sector to source 100 certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate and biscuits.
What other good news have you come across this week? We'd love to hear about it in the comments box below.