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The Conscious Scoop: The Impossible Burger, Monkey Tests & Prince Charles’ War on Plastic

Here are 10 things you need to know, that’s happening in sustainability around the world this week. 

We’re back again with this weeks ten things. Just get the little bits you need to know about what’s happening in sustainability without reading the whole damn article or just memorise the titles and impress everyone tonight at dinner. Here are this week’s top 10 things.


1.Prince Charles warns that ‘plastic is now on the menu’ due to the amount ingested by fish
“This planet on which we live and which sustains us, which is a miraculous living organism. It is a living thing, the planet. We have to manage it and look after it and respect it and then it will respect us. At the moment we are driving it insane. Everything gets angrier and more extreme, more violent, more impossible to cope with. As these recent disasters are showing.” – Prince Charles. We hear you, man!
Read more about his speech on our rising plastic oceans


2. S’well and Marriott International’s Element Hotels Join Forces to Help Travelers Get on the Road to Wellness in 2018
As a stylish, reusable product that helps consumers stay hydrated and consume less plastic while on the go, S’well bottles will be available for purchase at Element Hotels by Marriott in each room. Guests will be able to conveniently fill their S’wells at the filtered water spouts present in guest rooms. Now that’s a practical way to reduce plastic in hotels!
Read more about the awesome partnership here.


3. Mark Wahlberg’s Burger Chain Introduces Vegan Impossible Burger 
The vegan Impossible Burger is now the new kid on the block at Wahlburgers. The burger, which is made entirely from plants, is produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavours. Yummy Yummy Yummy in my Tummy!
Foodies, Find out more about the burger here!


4. VW suspends executive after reports of diesel fume tests on humans and monkeys

In one of the tests, monkeys were placed in airtight containers and forced to breathe only diesel exhaust from a Volkswagen Beetle. That is just effing crazy, in this day and age too?! Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller  called the tests “unethical and repulsive.” You’re telling us.

Read on about the insane testing here.


5. World’s first green supply chain map links brands to factories in China
As the world’s first map publicly linking multinational corporations to their suppliers’ environmental performance, it is a powerful tool that brands can join voluntarily, thus demonstrating their leadership toward supply chain transparency and monitoring environmental efforts. Basically, if you don’t  join, you have something to hide.
Find out more about the supply chain map here.


6. How this Taiwanese engineer is going to ‘recycle all the shit out there’

“Sustainability people and activists get very annoyed with us. They agree with what we do but can’t believe the people we choose to work with.” –  Miniwiz chief executive officer and founder Arthur Huang. This includes brands known for using a large number of disposable items, such as hotels and food chains.  However, Huang says that such partnerships are critical because these companies have the “power and scale to make change happen”.
Do you agree with Miniwiz’s partnership strategies?


7. 20 Must-Read Books On Ethical And Sustainable Fashion in 2018
We all know by know that fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world but how can we find out more so we don’t look like fools when we talk about it with our peers. Check out this amazing list of 20 of the most worth reading books on ethical and sustainable fashion.
Check out the list here


8. Plant-Based & the City: Singapore
We all love our food in Singapore, there’s no denying it. A lot of us say that it’s hard to be vegan/vegetarian in Singapore with all of our food options. Well, thanks to ABillionVeg, there are no more excuses. They’ve got the perfect vegan guide to Singapore’s eateries. From Chinese, Malay to Indian food, they’ve got you covered with the best plant-based options on the menu right now.
Learn all the places right here in Sunny Singapore to be plant-based thanks to ABillionVeg.


9. How one woman saves big by living a waste-free lifestyle
Lauren Singer has been living “Zero Waste” for the past 5 years, yup 5 years! “We really believe that no matter who you are, where you come from, what your background is, how much money you have, every single person can make changes in their everyday life to have a positive impact,” she says. In other words, #LittleGreenSteps to #LiveMoreConsciously
Find out how she saves money and helps our planet at the same time


10. De Beers looks to blockchain to help eradicate unethically sourced diamonds.
The De Beers Blockchain is helping the international diamond company is making a stand against blood diamonds and the violence that takes place in their acquisition. What exactly is a blockchain and how effective is it? It’s basically a bunch of high tech mambo jumbo to track their diamond and ensure the authenticity.
Find out just what it is here and ask yourself if this is the best answer? 


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