5 awesome steps recently made towards sustainability

14th January 2016

This year the global community launches the sustainable development goals. Individuals, communities, organisations and nation states are urged to pull together to take action to tackle climate change, fight poverty and inequality and move towards a peaceful planet. There is still a long way to go, but we’d like to celebrate some of the positive steps made in tackling and recognising sustainable solutions for a better world.

1. Invention of the sea bin

Fed up of seeing plastics and pollution, Australian friends Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinki invented Seabin, an automated bin, which removes rubbish from the sea surface simply and efficiently. Using a shore based water pump on the dock, it sucks up floating rubbish, debris and oil, while leaving sealife unharmed. We salute you Andrew and Pete, for protecting our seas and helping us reach Global Goal 14.

SeabinPhoto credit: Seabin

2. Microbeads banned in the US

US president Barack Obama has banned the use of microbeads commonly found in products such as body wash and toothpaste. These tiny plastic beads poison our seas and marine life, and in turn contaminate our food when we consume fish. Well done Obama, we hope the rest of the world follows suit.

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Photo credit: Flickr/MPCA Photos

3. Unsold food will go to the needy

In the UK, following a successful online petition in May, Supermarket giants Morrisons will now donate all unsold food to local groups and food banks. Even better, in France the government passed legislation forcing all supermarkets to donate surplus food. We’re hopeful that other countries will follow France’s example reaching Global Goal 2.

4. Mealworms discovered as plastic eaters

Stanford University has found that mealworms can survive on a diet of Styrofoam and other types of polystyrene which currently piling up in landfills. These plastic polluters may no-longer be considered non-biodegradable and help us reach Global Goal 12 of responsible consumption and production.

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Photo credit: Mealworms consuming styrofoam. Yu Yang / Stanford

5. Costa Rica on its way to become first carbon neutral country

The Costa Rican government has set a goal to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. The beautiful nation has already achieved 95-99% renewable electricity, approximately 80% of which is produced by hydropower.
The government has also pledged to support the electric vehicle movement, tackling the price of the cars and the lack of charging stations.
Costa Ricans will be able to enjoy clean air and independence from foreign fuel imports thanks to a national pride in reducing their carbon footprint.

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Photo taken on a Raleigh International expedition in the Chirripó national park province of Costa Rica.

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