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Gabon receives payments for cutting emissions

The first payment to Gabon is part of the breakthrough agreement between the west African country and the multi-donor UN-hosted Central African Forest Initiative’s (CAFI) in 2019 for a total of $150 million over 10 years.  

After independent experts verified Gabon's results from reduced deforestation and forest degradation caused by forestry activities, the payment of $17 million has been made, which rewards Gabon's reductions in 2016-17, compared to annual emission levels from 2006-15.

Football Rebooted: reuse and recycle football boots

If your kids were into football during their childhood and teens, they'll have got through a fair few pairs of boots. Lots of us keep meaning to do something with them but they just pile up and we push them to the back of a cupboard. Which is mad because kids outgrow their boots before the boot is worn, meaning there are millions of pairs of football boots in excellent condition in homes up and down the land.

Ocean Legacy Foundation launches EPIC Academy

Ocean Legacy Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization that develops and implements worldwide plastic pollution emergency response programs, with the aim of ending ocean microplastic pollution. To coincide with Earth Day, it's launching EPIC Academy, a free online educational platform providing communities around the world with essential knowledge regarding ocean plastic pollution.

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. 

Mattress recycling plant opens in Bolton

 A new facility has opened in Bolton that will recycle up to a 250,000 mattresses thrown away in the Greater Manchester region every year.

This plant will further reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and make good use of a wide range of materials that can be recycled into products - such as pet bedding, carpet underlay, and even stab-proof vests.

The plant has also created 25 new jobs and its launch is part of the waste management contract between Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

B&Q launches new lighting range

B&Q's new collection is split into two ranges and features modern to Art Deco-inspired fixtures as well as traditional and industrial style pendants.
 
With 20 co-ordinated looks, the ‘Collection Range’ helps customers create ambient, task focused and accent light in their rooms. Each ‘look’ features ceiling, floor, table, and wall lights that work together.

The ‘Essential range’ features lamps at affordable prices.
 
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