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Good morning curious.friends,

Happy sustainable Halloween from all at Curious HQ! We hope that last week's tips and tricks are coming in handy.

This week we share a very special Spotify playlist with you, and take a look at how you can feed two birds with one seed by improving your diet and reducing your environmental impact at the same time! 

Reading time is 3:47 minutes.

From ocean plastic to vinyl

by Maya Comely

What's Going On Here?

Earlier this month, musician and songwriter Nick Mulvey released the world’s first record made from plastic waste washed up in Cornwall. Music to our ears! 💙

What Does This Mean?

We thought this was pretty damn cool, not just because we’re Nick fans but a track pressed onto a record made from recycled plastic? It’s a big curious yes from us. To check out how the ocean vinyl was made, watch this short film! To top it off, proceeds from his new single ‘The Anthropocene’, are going to environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage to protect British coastlines from pollution 🌊.

In Nick’s words 🗣️ "Lyrically the song explores themes of responsibility and freedom in this time of urgent ecological and social crisis (and opportunity), aka ‘the Anthropocene’.” 

Nick’s funky yet oh so sustainable vinyl is a great example of how the music industry can and is starting to jump on board the eco train - in terms of both influencing people through the power of lyrics and tackling the plastic and packaging that comes with CDs and vinyl. 💿

Why Should We Care?

Despite the takeover of online music streaming (not without its own environmental problems...), sales of vinyl records over the last decade have soared. With vinyl back in fashion, so are its unsustainable production practices. Although originally made from shellac, a natural resin, vinyl are now mostly made from non-recyclable PVC plastic - classic. Upcycling Cornish ocean plastic into vinyl isn’t exactly going to solve the plastic problem, but it sure is a fun start. 💚

With predictions of more plastic by weight than fish sloshing around in the oceans by 2050, the fashion industry have also cottoned on to this surplus (without the cotton of course…). Our personal faves are Lucy & Yak’s fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles, wyattandjack’s bags upcycled from broken bouncy castles, deckchairs & inflatables and batoko’s 100% plastic waste swimwear.👙

Be Curious!

Have a listen to ‘The Anthropocene’ by Nick Mulvey...and if you fancy a few more eco-bangers to feel the Earth love, head to our very special playlist we’ve put together just for you! Enjoy… 🎧 

Check out the declaration made by the Music Declares Emergency group and sign up if you’re that way inclined.⚠️

Get litter picking, get beach cleaning and see what creations you can make from your collections! For some sushi inspired inspo, check out textile designer Alice Revell’s soy sauce earrings! 🐟  
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Nutritious grub proven to be better for the environment

by Martyn Lowder

What's Going On Here?

In a world-first study released this week, researchers have proven that healthier food choices almost always benefit the environment.

What Does This Mean?

Professor David Tilman and his pals at the University of Minnesota College weighed up both the health and environmental impacts of 15 different food groups, including nuts, fruits, vegetables, red meat, dairy, eggs, fish, olive oil, legumes and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The grub was ranked relative to one another based on how they influence the risk of disease and the negative impact they have on our planet, considering everything from water and land use to greenhouse gas emissions.

Figure 1: Relative environmental impact vs relative risk of mortality

Why Should We Care?

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), concluded that:

  • Foods with positive health outcomes, such as whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil have among the lowest environmental impacts
  • Foods such as unprocessed and processed red meat, can be especially harmful to both.
  • The two rule-breakers were fish, considered a generally healthier food with moderate environmental impacts, and sugar-sweetened beverages, which pose health risks but have a low environmental impact.

More detailed information like this will help consumers, policymakers and food companies make better choices. Take a look at an article we wrote earlier this year about how Danish researchers are developing new carbon food labels to give more information to customers at the point it's needed most! We think these labels might just stick…. Just as nutrition information helps you pick what’s best for you, a carbon footprint label helps you pick what’s best for the planet.

Be Curious!
Now this news DOES NOT come as a HUGE surprise for many of us, but it is wonderful to see that the science backs the logic to go plant based. Please do share this article with a friend, a co-worker or even a fellow bus goer to spread the knowledge.

And if the men in your life are still finding it HARD to make the switch away from red meat, then why not share last week’s article on how eating a plant-based diet can boost your erection by nearly 500%.
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Other news we found curious...

COP25: Chile cancels UN climate summit amid civil unrest - Business Green
Growth of the 'miracle tree' offers Brazil deforestation hope - BBC
Climate crisis will affect voting habits, poll finds - Edie
Oktoberfest produces 10 times as much methane as Boston - Guardian
Greta Thunberg rejects environmental award - Washington Post
How to make sure racial justice is part of climate activism - Mashable
8 simple ways to reduce your exposure to air pollution - Huffington Post
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