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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a free listening service using conversation to bolster human connection, Canada’s initiative to ensure homes become more energy efficient, and how kelp farms might be the answer to the search for carbon-friendly junk food.
A Massachusetts resident is offering “free listening” services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
In an era of social distancing, Kip Clark’s initiative may be what the world is most in need of.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Canada is offering over 1,000,000 free blower door tests to improve insulation in homes
The process helps residents locate areas where hot air might be escaping, before providing a grant of up to $5,000 to help make energy efficient improvements.
Kelp burgers are gaining traction as an eco-friendly fast food
As kelp farms act as enormous carbon sinks, culinary seaweed company Akua is searching for ways to get the intriguing substance onto more menus and stands as an alternative response to the increasing interest in lab foods.
Source: Fast Company
A Ukrainian student is turning fallen tree leaves into paper products
Valentyn Frechka’s project, based in the city of Zhytomyr, aims to reduce the environmental impact of paper production.
Source: Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Patagonia is now selling used clothing alongside new products
The outdoor gear retailer has added a “buy used” option to its US website, aiming to encourage the consumption of secondhand goods.
This app allows consumers to tip the workers who make our clothes
In Tip Me, each tip is collected in a digital pool that corresponds to the respective production site, and is finally split fairly between the workers who created the product.
Spain wants to make it easier for companies to shift to a four-day working week
A new proposal would offer government grants to companies that allow employees to take an extra day off per week.
Source: Fast Company
A.A. goes online to help recovering addicts throughout the pandemic
Initially touted as a temporary measure to ensure access to healthcare during lockdown, participants and providers argue that virtual sessions have clear advantages and will become a permanent part of their recovery journey.
Source: The New York Times
A free online streaming service shines a light on critical climate issues
WaterBear Network has partnered with over 80 charities and NGOs in order to provide free access to information concerning the health of our planet.
The BAME women making the outdoors more inclusive
The British countryside remains a distinctly white and often intimidating place for BAME communities. Three outdoor enthusiasts are trying to change this.
Source: The Guardian