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This Kenyan inventor is saving lives and preserving endangered species
Through a flashy invention
Today’s eco snapshot👇🏽
A lion-deterring system using solar-powered lights
A startup that’s giving a second life to cardboard boxes
Brands that sustainably stand out
Some good news
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🦁 A lion-deterring system using solar-powered lights
Richard Turere, a Kenyan inventor, has developed a simple and innovative system of flashing lights known as Lion Lights™.
This protects livestock from predators while preserving the lion population.
The cattle are often an essential source of food and income for the local communities.
Many lions are thus killed to stop them from eating precious livestock. It was a key concern for the Maasai of Kenya as well.
Lions were often killed, significantly impacting the lion population, the area’s biodiversity, and tourism.
To protect his community’s livestock without harming the endangered lions, Turere developed a system to ward off lions and other predators using light sequences.
The invention, Lion Lights™, is based on a simple concept of replicating the human presence that keeps lions away. Using changing sequences of flashing lights, the lions cannot become comfortable with the patterns.
Since Lion Lights were installed, no lions have been killed in the area, and a recent animal census at Nairobi National Park has seen an increase of 15% in their lion population 👏
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📦 A startup that’s giving a second life to cardboard boxes
Cardboard Conundrum…Typically, cardboard boxes are used only once before being sent for recycling - or at least that is the intention. However, if they become soiled, some are deemed unfit for recycling and unfortunately end up in landfills. Also, cardboard cannot be infinitely recycled. Its quality becomes inferior with each recycling. The process of recycling cardboard also creates emissions and water waste, adding to our existing problems.
Reuse to the Rescue…Reusing the cardboard boxes is a great way to handle them. Apart from reducing the dependence on recycling, it prevents more boxes from being manufactured and more trees from being cut. UK-based Reuseabox is exactly doing that.
It collects these cardboard boxes from companies, for free.
It performs quality checks on them and then resells them to others.
This prevents them from landfills or recycling and saves trees, carbon, water, and energy.
Boxed In…Companies that use a large amount of packaging material have the option to become a supplier of boxes to Reuseabox. Alternatively, they can also visit the Reuseabox website to purchase used, recycled, or new cardboard boxes based on their specific requirements.
✅ Brands that sustainably stand out
🇮🇳 Gauraa- A marketplace for products that are rejected for unusual reasons
🇺🇸 Dyper- Diapers that are gentle on both babies and the planet
🇨🇦 Dalcini- Making it easier to switch from plastic to stainless steel
🇬🇧 Oddbox- Saving oddly shaped fruits and vegetables from being wasted
🇺🇸 *Four Fin Creative- A branding agency that helps sustainability-focused companies
😹 Some Good News
Winds of Change: Wind and solar to produce 33% of global power by 2030
Small-Scale Saviors: São Paulo students plant mini-forests on school grounds as urban oases
Trash to Splash: First cargo ship to run on green methanol made from methane from food waste
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