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Edible packaging – the beginning of the end for single-use plastic?

An edible alternative to plastic has won the Green Alley Award for innovation in the circular economy. It is one of a number of viable alternatives ...

Can big cities protect us from depression? Researchers think so

They have a hard-earned reputation for being toilsome, transient places, but research suggests that big cities can protect us from depression The commuter who catches your ...

Every time you buy a train ticket, this company will plant a tree in the UK

A new train ticketing startup in the UK offers even more green incentive to ditch the car and travel by rail. Trainhugger pledges to plant a ...

The rules of the road are changing in Great Britain, benefitting walkers and cyclists

An overhaul of the Highway Code will give pedestrians and cyclists greater priority over cars. Campaigners have welcomed the move Changes to the Highway Code in ...

What went right this week: empathy in English Channel, plus more positive news

A conservation tool launched to help species recover For years, scientists have put much emphasis on how close endangered species are to extinction, rather than how ...

What does it mean to rewild a person? Start with their education

The UK’s education system has become like monoculture agriculture, say the founders of Rewilding Education, a community of teachers who believe that reconnecting children to nature ...

‘Age is just a number’: Rankin portraits celebrate sex in later life

Renowned photographer Rankin has teamed up with a relationships charity to shine a light on intimacy in later life, via some striking portraits From long-term love ...

Rewilding: Map reveals scale of English project to restore nature

A movement to restore nature in East Anglia has captured the public’s imagination, with more than 1,000 landowners pledging plots for rewilding Each green splodge on ...

Cities are adapting to the climate crisis, bringing many other benefits

From Sweden to Sierra Leone, cities are turning the climate crisis into an opportunity for happier, healthier living, reports Martin Wright “Hot town! Summer in the ...

Hundreds of ‘tiny homes’ have appeared in LA for homeless people to live in

Los Angeles is the latest city to experiment with micro homes, which provide secure accommodation for homeless people while they find their feet Small but perfectly ...

What went right this week: tigers mount a comeback, plus more positive news

There was good news for the tiger population An Indian national park that was ravaged by poachers 20 years ago had some positive news this week: ...

Behind the buzzwords: what ‘plastic-free’ and ‘zero waste’ mean for these beauty brands

From biodegradable deodorant tubes to refillable jars, Caro’s Creams and Wheesht Masks are examples of how small beauty brands are prioritising sustainability. But is ditching plastic ...

How cool is that? New white paint ‘more powerful’ than air conditioning

Scientists have developed a paint that reflects more than 98 per cent of sunlight, which they say makes it more effective than some air conditioning units. ...

The cookbook for people who have long Covid

Used to developing recipes for tastebuds impacted by cancer, the pair behind a not-for-profit cookery school hope their new free cookbook will improve taste for Covid ...

How to cool it down: seven solutions to climate change

Global warming threatens life as we know it as never before. But we have the tools and the power to meet the challenge. Here are seven ...

The artist touring the UK in an ice-cream van, to talk about grief

<!– The artist touring the UK in an ice-cream van, to talk about grief – Positive News After losing much of her close family, artist Annie ...

What went right this week: UK ‘culture wars’ don’t reflect genuine divisions, plus more positive news

The government backed a flight-free holiday platform As UK travellers currently in the Balearic islands scramble to adapt their plans after a change to the traffic ...

Craft beer collaboration looks beyond ‘white dudes with beards’

<!– Craft beer collaboration looks beyond ‘white dudes with beards’ – Positive News Two of the UK’s most successful craft beer breweries are raising a glass ...

Plugging the charging gap: how Manchester plans to spark EV adoption

<!– Plugging the charging gap: how Manchester plans to spark EV adoption – Positive News Despite encouraging sales of electric vehicles, the UK’s charging infrastructure is ...

Would you let colleagues decide your salary?

An Argentinian software firm aims to treat employees with transparency, from sharing profits among staff, to asking them to set each other’s salaries Imagine a work ...

The world’s best cities for mental wellbeing, according to data crunchers

Low pollution levels, robust social security structures and political stability helped Reykjavik, Bern and Helsinki top the ranking. The index was launched to ‘show what cities ...

What went right this week: Iceland’s four-day week, plus more positive news

Iceland’s four-day week trial was judged a success While working hours have increased in many nations, Iceland has been quietly trialling a four-day working week to ...

‘My problems wash away’: bathers reveal the healing powers of outdoor swimming

Amid rising interest in cold water swimming, bathers give personal accounts of why they take the plunge Even before the pandemic, outdoor swimming was riding a ...

Bags of satisfaction: new issue of Positive News is packed with inspiring summer reads

From a boom in litter-picking, to the joy to be found in intergenerational friendship, the new issue of Positive News magazine is packed with uplifting stories ...

Responsible drinking, but not as we know it: how to sip sustainably this summer

2. Drink apples “Drinking products made from apples is probably the biggest single impact people can have,” says Etherington-Judge. In his quest to develop the world’s ...

Beavers aren’t being released in London, but could be in the city soon

While reports that beavers are to be released in London proved inaccurate this week, conservationists said it won’t be long before the rodents reach the capital ...

Cows are being touted as the latest solution to plastic pollution

Researchers have discovered that bacteria living inside a cow’s gut can break down several types of plastic If William Shakespeare had used biros to write his ...

Europe’s night trains are making a comeback amid concern about the climate

Budget airlines pushed them towards extinction, now rising awareness about plane emissions is sparking a night train renaissance With travel restrictions set to be eased across ...