Eco News Roundup July 2021

  • Christina Dymiotis
  • 12th July 2021

We have rounded the top Eco News of the month. Read along to find out more.

C.O.P.E project a new exciting eco initiative

This is a newly established project that fights to prevent Climate change, Ocean acidification, Pollution, and the extinction of Endangered species. Thus, these words forming the name of the project, C.O.P.E. This project was developed by Rachel Hopkins, an MA illustration student who has a passion for the preservation of the environment. With this project, she aims to raise awareness on significant environmental issues. In addition to this, as an illustrator, Rachel also creates designs that are either printed by sustainable companies or made handmade by herself. These environment-themed products are sold online via her website. It is important to note, that 90% of the profits generated by these products go to the Born Free Foundation and a further £1 from every order will be donated to Team Trees which results in one tree being planted. This is truly a great initiative that highlights some very crucial environmental issues and how we can help to resolve them. Great Work Rachel! We recently printed a Fairtrade & GOTS bag with Rahel’s wonderful animal design (Please see image below). You can view her latest artwork and products on her Website or Instagram Page.


Source: The C.O.P.E project

Could paint replace air conditioning? 

️A newly developed ultra-white paint from Purdue University, USA reflects 98% of sunlight and radiates infrared heat to keep buildings cool. Coating structures with the paint keeps surfaces 19°F cooler than their ambient surroundings at night, and indirect sunlight it keeps surfaces 8°F cooler. This new paint is still in an early phase of development, but it's estimated to hit the market in just a couple of years. A standard AC consumes huge amounts of energy, so finding an alternative way to keep cool could have a major impact on lowering the carbon footprint of buildings.  


Source: Purdue.Edu 

Etsy is acquiring UK-based social selling site Depop for $1.625B  

The interest in reselling platforms has been increasing the last few years. More and more young people are using these apps daily to find new clothes and sell their unwanted clothes. One of these platforms is Depop, a London-based thrift marketplace targeting millennial and Gen Z consumers, which will be soon be acquired by Etsy a New York-based crafty creators marketplace. Etsy is paying $1.625 billion for the company. Around 90% of Depop’s users are under the age of 26, whereas Etsy customers are over 32 years old. Hence, this would be the ultimate opportunity to bring more content and younger shoppers to Etsy.  We are very excited that circular fashion is slowly becoming the norm in our contemporary society, especially amongst young people.

Source: The Telegraph 


Leonardo Dicaprio and Conservationist launch $43 million Galapagos rewilding project  

The Galápagos Islands are one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world, however, human activity has caused damage to the ecosystems over the last hundred years. This is where a $43 million Galápagos restoration project comes in. Launched by Leonardo Dicaprio and other conservationists, the project aims to restore the islands' natural beauty.⁠ The project is in partnership with a team of conservationists from the environmental organization Rewild, in conjunction with the Galápagos National Park Directorate, Island Conservation, and local conservationists.⁠ ⁠One of the main projects will be to restore ecosystems across the widely visited destination of Floreana Island, which is currently home to a total of 54 threatened species. The project will take many steps to effectively rewild the island, or reintroduce various species, which include reintroducing 13 species that had died out locally, starting a breeding program for pink iguanas, and taking various protective measures to combat marine depletion stemming from tourism.⁠ 


Source: The Times 


Abandoned fishing nets are being transformed into COVID-19 protective gear  

In Thailand, abandoned fishing nets are a real problem for the marine life in their oceans. These ghost nets are being collected by local fishers in return for money to clean up the oceans and stop marine life from being unnecessarily caught up. The nets are then turned into melted down and turned into protective visors and alcohol spray bottles. Even better, some of the money is being used to help local villages adapt to the climate crisis. 

Source: Sky News