Yet another one bites the dust. Cause of death? Plastic. When will we finally go #PlasticFree? This week, there’s a large focus on the future of foods – from a flexitarian diet to lab-based diets, your stomach is going to have a swell time with us. Plus, New Zealand is at it again with its bold environmental moves. Check out what’s hot in sustainability in this week’s Conscious Scoop.
1. Hong Kong’s beloved bull found dead with a stomach full of plastic
Cause of death: probably plastic. First the sperm whale in Indonesia, now our land animals aren’t spared as well. What will it take for us to realize that our plastic waste is actually on its way to killing us too?
2. Technology, the newest chef.
Would you eat lab-grown meat? Technology is not only changing the way we consume, but also what we consume. With the impacts of catastrophic climate change already upon us, technology may just be what we need to resolve the world’s food problems by adding more nutritious value or by reducing reliance on certain types of food.
3. Add more green to your meat.
With a rise in awareness about livestock agriculture and its effects on climate change, people have been adding an increasing quantity of plants to their diet. This is not only good for the environment, but also for your health. Going plant-based is a journey, and adding more plants to your meat is a great first step. You could even try to go plant-based once a week! Green Monday’s initiatives in Singapore are making waves on behalf of the plant-based community, so give that a try.
4. Air New Zealand to scrap plastics on flight
Besides the Tiaki Promise, New Zealand is setting the bar high for living sustainably. We all know that on every flight you take, your in-flight meal comes with tons of plastic. But Air New Zealand is taking the lead in changing industry standards, and making that change. They will be removing a further 14 single-use plastic products from its flights over the next year, and replacing them with low impact alternatives such as reusable items.
5. Germany rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains
A shift from the conventional trains of today, Germany’s bold move to hydrogen-powered trains is a victory for the Earth. Hydrogen fuel-cells generate electricity using oxygen and their only by-product is water, making it a potential zero-emission fuel source that doesn’t make too much of a din. While it’s expensive to obtain, it’s cheaper to run.