The era of leaded gasoline is officially over | Feel Good Weekly

  • The era of leaded gasoline is officially over
  • After the tide of "fake meat", "fake coffee" is also on the way
  • For pets, this may be the most "fragrant" nest
  • Champion launches the first sustainable capsule series
  • Alltrue: Can sustainable lifestyles be "blind box"?

The era of leaded gasoline is over

After nearly a hundred years, we finally bid farewell to leaded gasoline.

In July of this year, as Algeria’s car gas stations officially stopped providing leaded gasoline, the use of leaded gasoline ended globally.

In 1922, the American General Company discovered that adding lead (tetraethyl lead compound) to gasoline can improve the operating efficiency of automobile engines. Since then, leaded gasoline has been quickly promoted.

As early as 1924, people began to discover the dangers of leaded gasoline. Five workers in a refinery suffered from lead poisoning and died after being sent to hospital. Dozens of others needed hospitalization.

Gradually, more and more researches point to the harm of leaded gasoline. For nearly a century, it has polluted the air, soil, drinking water and food, and can induce diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer.

As of the 1980s, most high-income countries had banned the use of leaded gasoline. As for China, it stopped the production, sales and use of leaded gasoline in 2000.

But in 2002, almost all low- and middle-income countries were still using leaded gasoline. It was also this year that the United Nations Environment Programme began to advocate the elimination of lead in gasoline, when leaded gasoline was regarded as one of the most serious environmental threats to human health.

Inge Anderson, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program, believes that the leaded gasoline ban is a huge milestone for health and the environment, and calls for the promotion of clean energy:

We urge all stakeholders to draw inspiration from this great achievement, to ensure that we use cleaner fuels, and to promote cleaner vehicle emissions standards worldwide-the combination of clean fuels and clean vehicles can reduce costs by more than 80% carbon emission.

After the tide of "fake meat", "fake coffee" is also on the way

The American startup Compound Foods is developing "coffee without coffee beans."

Its founder, Maricel Saenz, said that coffee is not only the fifth most resource-consuming product in crop cultivation, but also in the global warming environment, coffee cultivation has become increasingly difficult.

In fact, since 2021, the main contract coffee price calculated by the American Intercontinental Exchange has risen by more than 20%.

How to make coffee without coffee beans?

Compound Foods uses a chemical approach. First of all, the company spent a lot of time researching the chemical substances in coffee that "make coffee coffee" and manufacturing these substances through synthetic biology methods.

▲ Maricel Saenz

Saenz said that in this way, the company can also extract aromas and flavors produced by different regions, altitudes, and processing methods, and recombine them more freely.

For example, you can drink the aroma of Costa Rica coffee in a cup of coffee, and you can also taste the chocolate notes in Brazilian coffee.

At present, Compound Foods is still optimizing the formula, and it is expected to test the products in a small range by the end of this year.

For pets, this may be the most "fragrant" nest

I believe many pet owners know that pets with a keen sense of smell actually like the smell of their owner, which can make them feel at ease. Then why not use your own old clothes to create a comfortable nest for them?

▲ A new nest made from old sweaters

Another Aura, a domestic sustainable brand, is a company that helps consumers break the cycle of “buy-throw-buy-throw” for clothing, and provide consumers with a service of “redesigning” old clothes.

Recently, Another Aura launched the "Owner's Used Clothes Redesigned Pet Products Series", which uses the owner's idle and waste clothes to transform the "true and exclusive" pet nest.

▲ A new nest transformed with a shoe dust bag

Another Aura will customize the design and production according to clothing materials and pet reminders, and ensure that the pet nest has a zipper, detachable for washing, the inner tank is made of waterproof material, and the filling can be washed. In terms of costs, there are two price services of 268 and 198 yuan.

Champion launches the first sustainable capsule series

Sportswear brand Champion launched the first sustainable capsule series "ECO Future". The series of single products are made of materials with lower environmental impact, organic materials, recycled materials and more environmentally friendly packaging.

This series is mainly based on basic models, and the materials used are organic cotton. The embroidered word "C" and the label of the clothes are made of recycled polyester.

Alltrue: Can sustainable lifestyles be "blind box"?

Want to learn about trying new sustainable products and brands, but don't want to spend a lot of time doing research on your own? Maybe finding a good buyer is a good way to "slacken".

Alltrue (formerly known as Causebox) is like a "buyer" who is deeply involved in sustainable lifestyles. Founded in 2014, it will send members a quarterly package of 6-8 products from sustainable brands, with a total value of about 250 Dollar.

▲ Past Causebox products: accessories that create fair trade job opportunities, clothing that supports craftsmen, beauty care products with sustainable raw materials, etc. Each product has its own story.

Alltrue’s service packages are divided into two types: annual US$200 (approximately RMB 1,300) and single quarterly US$ 55 (approximately RMB 355). Among them, annual members can also choose some products in the box.

For example, the Alltrue Box in the summer of 2021 can contain 6 products, and annual membership members can choose from 36 products. These include backpacks, sunglasses made of plant-based plastics, durable portable hammocks, portable tableware, skin care products, sunscreen, Bluetooth speakers and other product types.

In addition to the product itself, Alltrue will also produce a product brochure for the product delivered at the time, introducing the story behind the product, including dialogue with the producer and designer, and more or less the feeling of a lifestyle magazine.

In addition to discovering and selecting existing products on the market, Alltrue also hires a team of craftsmen to participate in the production of some products at a fair wage, and often cooperates with brands to make its product packaging more environmentally friendly.

In addition to Alltrue, subscription boxes with the theme of sustainable living also include greenUp, Earthlove and Globen.

Although in our daily lives, the subscription system still appears more in the purchase of digital applications, in the US market, such physical subscription boxes are still very popular, and behind these boxes almost all represent a way of life.

In addition to sustainable living, we can also see the Work Space Spark that distributes interesting office space decorations every month, Explore Local Box that focuses on local products, and Luxee that selects easy-to-use care products for men.

When "value" becomes a factor that people will consider when shopping, then services that help consumers "buy value" at a lower decision-making cost can find opportunities. At the same time, this trust in "buyers" can also help many "small and beautiful" brands that lack exposure to find the niche consumers they are looking for.

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