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But why would it do that?
Today’s eco snapshot👇🏽
Thread to success: France's fashionable fix
Startup of the week: PlanetCare
5 brands that sustainably stand out
Some good news from around the world
3 ways I can help you on your sustainability journey
🪡 Thread to success: France's fashionable fix
France has introduced an exciting new program aimed at reducing waste and pollution in the textile industry.
The scheme involves providing subsidies for repairs of clothes and shoes, encouraging their reuse instead of throwing them away.
Under this initiative, customers can receive discounts ranging from €6 to €25, depending on the complexity of the repair needed.
For instance, a simple restitching job will qualify for a €6 subsidy, while repairing a pair of shoes will be eligible for a €25 rebate.
To participate in this program, tailors, clothes brands, and repair shops can join for free through Refashion, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable fashion.
The program is set to kick off this month, and customers will see the subsidy deducted directly from their bill. Refashion will ensure that the participating repair companies are refunded for the discount they provide within 15 days.
This fantastic initiative will not only support the circular economy but also contribute to reducing the environmental impact of the textile industry.
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✨ Startup of the week- PlanetCare
Tackling the world’s largest source of microplastic pollution
The dirty laundry…Microplastics are a growing concern for our planet. Trillions of these small particles exist in the ocean, directly impacting aquatic life and entering our food chains. They have even been found in the placentas of unborn babies. Laundry, especially when washing synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, and acrylic, is a major source of microplastics. These fibers release microplastics into our waterways, which eventually end up in the oceans.
Microfiber magic…PlanetCare has developed a microfiber filter that can help eliminate microplastics from your laundry. These filters can be installed in any domestic washing machine and are connected to the water supply. They collect up to 90% of the fibers from each wash load.
The collected fibers are stored inside a sealed cartridge. After 20 loads, the cartridge is replaced with a new one.
Users can send back the old cartridges to PlanetCare.
PlanetCare removes the microfibers, cleans the cartridges, and refurbishes them for reuse.
Fiber futures…PlanetCare is conducting two pilots to find innovative uses for the collected microfibers. One pilot involves converting them into insulation mats, while the other involves collaborating with a furniture manufacturer to create chairs.
You can support PlanetCare and help the planet heal through this ongoing Kickstarter campaign.
✅ Brands that sustainably stand out
🇨🇦 Pela- phone cases that can be composted at the end of their life
🇸🇪 Ekolution- bringing a green construction revolution using hemp
🇸🇮 Recovo- making fashion more sustainable by bringing down the textile waste
🇨🇦 Takasa- bedding that’s good for your sleep and the planet
🇺🇸 Leaf Shave- planet-friendly alternative to disposable plastic razors
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😹 Some Good News
🚫 Breaking the plastic habit: EU bans microplastics in consumer products
🌞 Sunshine and fresh air: New Google tools illuminate rooftop solar potential and air quality
🌳 AI-tree-son: AI boxes fight jungle invaders in the Amazon rainforest
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