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  • I hope we can't use this super bench
  • IKEA has also started to "plant grass", it's really edible
  • The proportion of global renewable energy in total hits a record high, and China's speed attracts attention
  • Summer vacation is coming, here are some book vending machines
  • Blue Tit: How can hair salons be sustainable?

I hope we can't use this super bench

An unusual pair of benches have recently appeared by the Thames in London.

One of them is the same as a regular bench, but connected to it is a version that is more than two meters high.

It turns out that according to climate models, by 2030, if the Thames encounters a storm, the water level will rise to more than 2.6 meters.

Even if the numbers seem scary, architect Andre Kong's "fit for 2030" chair does have a stronger visual impact:

You are welcome to sit in the low chair and look out over the Thames, then look up (the high chair) and think about the everyday actions that would help achieve this predicted outcome.

The device, called "A Cautionary Benchmark" (pun intended to mean "a Cautionary Benchmark"), is made of recycled steel tubing and clips and can be completely disassembled and reassembled.

IKEA has also started to "plant grass", it's really edible

Three IKEA stores in Germany have recently started "planting grass".

In the restaurants of IKEA stores in Kahlster, Duisburg and Esching, consumers can now see a "vegetable machine" from vertical farming startup infarm, which grows dill, curly parsley and basil and other commonly used herbs.

Of course, consumers can also eat these fresh herbs when they eat at IKEA restaurants.

IKEA said it wants to use this intuitive way to encourage employees and consumers to pay attention to sustainable and healthy eating. In addition, IKEA is also adding vegetarian dishes in its restaurants.

According to infarm's announcement, IKEA's machines create a controlled environment that reduces water use for planting by 95%, while also avoiding the use of chemical pesticides.

Report: China produces more renewable energy than Europe

Since the 1960s, the bp World Energy Statistical Yearbook has compiled statistics on world energy production and consumption every year.

Recently, the 2022 report also came out, and Nathaniel Bullard, who focuses on the energy sector of Bloomberg, shared four important developments:

  • Renewable energy accounts for 13% of the global total;

In 1985, coal power accounted for 38% of global energy, hydropower 20%, nuclear power 15%, and natural gas 14%.

Today, more than 30 years later, the proportion of coal power is still the highest, reaching 36%, but the good news is that renewable energy (excluding hydropower) has risen from 0.8% in 1985 to 13%.

The total share of renewable energy exceeded 10% for the first time in 2019, and has increased by an average of 0.8% per year since 2010.

  • The combined production capacity of wind and solar has surpassed that of nuclear;

In 2020, the total amount of renewable energy exceeded nuclear energy production for the first time, and wind energy and solar energy accounted for more than 10% of the world for the first time; The highest increase since 2004.

  • China is the world's largest importer of LNG;

Last year, China imported 109.5 billion cubic meters of LNG, 1.3 billion cubic meters more than Europe, making it the world's largest importer of LNG.

  • China produces more renewable energy than Europe.

It was only in 1990 that China's renewable energy data appeared in the report. At that time, it was only 0.1 TWh, less than 1/600 of that of the United States.

By 2016, the total amount of renewable energy produced in China had surpassed that of the United States, catching up with Europe. Last year, China's figures already surpassed Europe's, with total renewable energy production increasing by nearly 290 terawatt-hours.

bp World Energy Statistical Yearbook 2022 full report (English version)  https://go.ifanr.com/QxzTOd

Summer vacation is coming, here are some book vending machines

In July and August of this year, JetBlue, the American airline, put a book vending machine at each of five New Jersey locations.

As one of the company's "Soar with Reading" projects, local children who are on holiday can take away their favorite books for free at these book vending machines.

The books in these machines are selected from multiple publishers, mainly for young children and children, and the characters in the content are also more inclusive, and the languages ​​​​are English and Spanish.

At the same time, there are also a small number of books suitable for adults to read in the machine, which also allows adults who want to join reading to choose. The survey pointed out that the behavior of child caregivers can also influence children.

JetBlue said that the company chose these communities because the local research shows that they are closer to "book deserts", and at the same time, these areas are also relatively poor.

Blue Tit: How can hair salons be sustainable?

Blue Tit, a chain of hair salons in London, UK, has adjusted since 2019 to optimize sustainable work, mainly including environmental and social impact.

Energy carbon reduction is more direct. Blue Tit has switched to renewable energy since 2019, accounting for 90% of the total, and offset carbon offsets for employee travel and other energy consumption.

In addition, the store changed the packaging of some toiletries to aluminum cans/glass bottles for hair care products (recycling after use, filling and replenishing), reducing the use of more than 6,000 disposable plastic packaging. Customers can also buy it and pay to refill it at the store when it is used up.

The somewhat controversial part is that Blue Tit is saving more than a million liters of water a year by replacing traditional head towels with disposable "towels" because they don't have to wash towels.

This towel comes from Scrummi, which is officially 100% degradable wood fiber, plastic-free, and biodegradable for 8-12 weeks in an anaerobic environment. However, neither Blue Tit nor Scrummi have made it clear whether these single-use towels are all recycled or degraded, or become part of everyday waste.

In terms of social influence, Blue Tit mainly optimizes the treatment of employees, provides resources for psychological counseling, and organizes monthly public communication, forming an internal team focused on improving employee experience.

Under the influence of Black Lives Matter (Black Lives Matter), Blue Tit reflected on the company's original deficiencies in anti-racism, and said that it would listen to the voice of employees, review the recruitment process, and incorporate the education curriculum of black hairstyle culture into the company. in the lesson plan.

All in all, carbon reduction and waste reduction are common sustainable measures no matter what the industry is. As for social impact, providing employees with a better working and growing environment is a good start. The next step is to see what the community where the company is located needs. And find the angle that best fits your own culture.

Hairstyles also carry culture, and maintaining an openness to multicultural learning is a respect for the customer community and allows salons to keep pace with the times.

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