Exciting Sustainability News For 9.1.23.

Positive News Brings People Together

Did you know that Play It Green publishes our favourite exciting sustainability news every Monday?

According to new research, reading positive news can lead to increased acceptance of others and a sense of community.

As well as this it produces the motivation to contribute to social change.

The study, titled ‘Publishing the Positive’ shows that in a time of negative politics, positive news stories have the power to unite, inspire, and empower groups of people in society.

With that in mind, here are our top three news stories for this week.

As a result of reading them, you should will feel motivated and empowered to make positive change.

Exciting Sustainability News from Japan

Our first exciting sustainability news story comes from Japan.

Where last week scientists launched a satellite into orbit that will test how viable it is space-based solar power.

This marks a major milestone in the race for space-based solar power and gives us some exciting sustainability news.

Developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the SSPS-DM will orbit the Earth at a height of around 36,000 kilometres.

Following the successful launch and orbit, they will test sending solar energy back from space to Earth.

The satellite is equipped with solar panels that generate electricity.

Next, this energy is converted into microwaves and sent down to a station on Earth.

After this, the station converts the microwaves back into electricity.

This energy can be used to power homes and businesses.

The project has the potential to revolutionise the way we think about renewable energy.

As a consequence of this, space-based solar power could provide a virtually limitless source of clean energy.

Unlike normal solar panels, which rely on the availability of daylight, space-based solar panels could collect solar energy around the clock.

Additionally, space-based solar panels would not be affected by weather conditions.

Exciting Sustainability News From Japan
Artists rendering of the SSPS-DM satellite

The SSPS-DM project is a joint venture between JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and will last for about three years.

If successful, it paves the way for larger-scale space-based solar power projects.

This exciting sustainability news offers hope for a future powered by clean, renewable energy sources.

On top of this, it highlights the potential for innovative solutions to address the global energy crisis.

Positive Eco News From the UK

Our next exciting eco news comes from London where Impact Hub worked with FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week.

Impact Hub is a global network of innovation labs that are working to bring sustainability and circularity to the fashion industry.

A study of wool circularity from the Impact Hub

The organisation has launched a new initiative called the “Circular Fashion Accelerator,” which is designed to support fashion companies as they move towards sustainability.

As well as this, the accelerator gives companies access to a range of resources.

These resources include mentorship, funding, and training, to help them develop and scale circular fashion initiatives.

The Circular Fashion Accelerator is just one of the many ways that Impact Hub is working to drive innovation in the fashion space.

Also, the organisation hosts events and workshops and offers co-working spaces and more to help fashion companies develop and grow.

Impact Hub is mostly focused on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as start-ups.

The fashion industry contributes to environmental damage and waste.

Fast fashion and disposable clothing are the main culprits.

However, there is growing recognition within the industry that it is possible to create fashion in a more sustainable way.

This exciting sustainability news helps to accelerate the shift towards circular fashion.

Exciting Sustainability News from the USA

Our final exciting sustainability news comes from the USA where Goodyear unveils a demo tire made of 90% sustainable materials.

This marks a major step forward in the development of more sustainable tires.

The tire, called the Oxygene, is developed by Goodyear and the French design firm, Central Saint Martins.

It features a tire tread made from living grass, which absorbs carbon dioxide and water as it grows.

The tire’s sidewall is made from orange peel, which is a by-product of the juice industry.

Its bead is made from recycled tires.

As a result of this, the Oxygene tire is designed to be self-sustaining and provides a more sustainable alternative to traditional tires.

It is part of Goodyear’s broader efforts to reduce its environmental impact and to develop more sustainable products.

Also, the company has set a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2025, compared to its 2015 levels.

Exciting Sustainability News - Goodyear Oxygene Demo Tyre
Goodyear's Oxygene Demo Tyre (C) Goodyear 2023

The demo tire is being shown at the Geneva International Motor Show, where it has been met with widespread interest and excitement.

Goodyear’s exciting sustainability news showcases the company’s commitment to developing more sustainable products.

It also highlights the potential for innovative solutions in the tire industry.

That’s our three favourite sustainability news stories that give us hope for a greener future.

Hopefully, it inspires you and shows you that exciting sustainable change is happening across the globe (and beyond).

If you hear of any exciting news that you think we should feature, please get in touch using our contact us page.

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