Rap for nature

 Deforestation is the second largest contributor to the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change – warns that deforestation intensifies the effects of climate change, such as water scarcity, drought and food shortages. Billions of people will be adversely affected, especially those living in rural parts of the world who depend on farming to feed their families.

AntikBar original vintage poster auction

Always a great opportunity to buy a fascinating piece of art, AntikBar is holding their next Original Vintage Poster Auction on Saturday 30 January. This online auction has over 500 lots featuring travel and advertising posters as well as cinema, sport, war and propaganda posters from around the world. 

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Tenant safety: asbestos rules

Asbestos is a highly damaging group of microscopic fibres that if inhaled can severely damage our lungs. The fibres become trapped within our alveoli where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. Since the fibres are lodged, they can irritate and scar lung tissue, making it difficult to breathe. Although the effects of inhaling asbestos may not be noticed at first, they will more than likely severely impact health later in life, causing conditions such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

Reduced plastic in Wilko Christmas paper products

As we now know, many Christmas paper products aren't recyclable because they have hard-to-separate coatings of plastic or are covered with non-recyclable glitter or foil. This year retailer Wilko has taken steps towards eliminating single-use plastic from its paper and packaging. For example its gift and bottle bags are now 100 per cent recyclable, as are  its duo cocktail kisses and duo Christmas foliage 16-pack Christmas card packs - both cards and the boxes they come in. 

Beaver Trust launches film to promote beavers as friend not foe

Britain’s beavers could be major allies in tackling the climate and extinction crises – but without more public and government support face a fragile future, says Beaver Trust, which is launching a new documentary exploring the UK's relationship with the endangered but controversial species.

Ecosia - the tree planting search engine

You may be among its users, but if you haven't heard about it, Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine that donates profits to tree planting in Africa.

IKEA opens its first ever second-hand shop

IKEA's first second-hand store is being run by the existing IKEA Västerås store that will provide furniture and home furnishing accessories which for different reasons have been damaged. At ReTuna they will be repaired and sold on.

The collaboration with ReTuna (put all thoughts of tinned fish out of your mind) will help IKEA understand why some of its products are turned into waste, what condition they're in when people discard them and why people choose to donate or recycle products. And of course to see if there's consumer demand for second-hand/repaired items.