The Positive Sandwich
What I love about the world and hate about the world and love about the world by Emily McConochie.
In a contemporary world where our environmental thinkers, voters and consumers are shrouded in doom daily. We thought we would flip the negative script just enough to favour the good things in life while still acknowledging there will always be a pickle. Sorry to lose those like the pickle, in this analogy and most others - the pickle is undesirable.
Introducing our ‘good, bad, good’ sandwich. Some goodness with a gentle dose of reality to keep us humble.
THE GF BUN (Guilt-Free)
It seems the urge to pursue that side-hustle is all the more enticing these days. For those of us who put sustainability at the forefront of our business models, Shopify may have some answers for you.
The Canadian e-commerce conglomerate has uploaded a free '50 page playbook' on how to engage with carbon removal, in a bid to support young companies developing innovative ways to tackle climate change.
In 2019 Shopify launched its Sustainability Fund, offering $5 million to support the most promising solutions and technologies in the fight against climate change globally. Now all of this information is FREE for you to do with it what you will.
The link is below, happy carbon capture ventures people.
THE large PICKLE (The bad)
Do you ever feel like a disposable face mask floating through the wind wanting to start again? We hope things haven't gotten that dreary, but for this article let's take Katy Perry's resonance with plastic bags and replace it with face-masks, to speak once again about the illogical presence of single-use things amidst this global plastic pandemic.
Think micro-plastics, ecological damage, animals mistaking your face armour for food or even wrongful recycling becoming a bio-hazard for waste workers. The answer is obvious and potentially creative if you would like it to be. Buying or making reusable masks is imperative in decreasing the web of damage caused by the production, use and disposal of face masks.
The World Health Organisation estimated that 89 million disposable masks were needed in the medical industry globally per month to combat COVID-19. This statistic doesn't include the rest of us.
With all of this in mind, here are some steps to reduce your own impact on the environment:
1. Use reusable masks without disposable filters. Machine wash them regularly. Studies have proven this the most effective method in the fight against water and micro plastic waste.
2. Carry a spare in case something goes wrong, you don’t need to use or buy a disposable mask.
3. If you've forgotten your mask, find something to cover your face with. I'm sure you can muster up something snazzy.
THE FG BUN (Feel Good)
Madagascar has once again flexed its bio-diverse limitlessness after scientists discovered a male and female pair of reptile's roughly a centimetre in length or a fingernail if you need the visual.
The tiny lizards have been affectionately named Brookesia Nana, or B. Nana for short and are classified as Nano-chameleon's. B. Nana's are one of 6 new species found in 2021 and possibly the smallest reptile on Earth. Swoon.