KFC Trials 3D-printed Chicken Nuggets
American fast food chain KFC is currently trialling animal-free, environmentally-friendly chicken nuggets, made by bioprinters. The 3D Bioprinting technology utilises chicken cells and plant material to grow sustainable alternatives to its infamous fried chicken products; bypassing the ethical and environmental issues caused by the industrial farming industry, whilst retaining the original taste and texture of animal derived meat.
The final product is expected to be ready for testing in a number of restaurant locations in Moscow this Autumn, and if successful, offers great potential for the future of sustainable food production.
Rwanda to Host Virtual African Green Revolution Forum Summit
This September, Rwanda has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). AGRF is Africa’s most diverse and transformative platform for developing actionable agricultural plans across the continent, to advance economic development whilst meeting the aims of the AU Malabo Declaration, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa's 2063 Agenda.
This year, the summit will be the first of such events to take place online, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, yet promises the attendance of over 2,000 notable stakeholders in the field, including Heads of State and Government, Agriculture Ministers, members of the private sector and NGO partners. The event will be centred around discussions of the following theme: ‘Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent - Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa’.
Giorgio Armani Unveils New Sustainable Fragrance
Giorgio Armani’s second-ever fragrance ‘My Way’, featuring Madagascan vanilla, orange blossom and notes of white musk, proves beauty doesn’t have to compromise the well-being of our planet. Packaged in a recyclable bottle, this new carbon-neutral fragrance uses exclusively sustainable ingredients, and is part of Giorgio Armani’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. ‘My Way’ will be available to purchase through Armani’s e-commerce platform from August 10th, and globally from August 23rd 2020.
Apple Plans To Become First Carbon-Neutral Laptop Production Company By 2030
This week, Apple has announced its plan to completely eradicate carbon emissions across its business and manufacturing supply chains by the end of the decade. The company aims to invest in low carbon product design, include renewable energy sources, innovate sustainable ways to recycle products and collaborate with carbon free raw material suppliers to help achieve this. In an official statement, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook claims ‘the innovations powering our environmental journey are not only good for the planet – they’ve helped us make our products more energy efficient and bring new sources of clean energy online around the world.’
Evian Released New 100% Recycled Plastic Bottle For A More Sustainable Future
After almost 2 years in the making, mineral water company Evian has finally launched its first label free, fully recyclable, sustainable water bottle, constructed from 100% recycled plastic. Owing to its lack of a barcode, the bottle is set to be distributed across select hospitality industries only- in France from early July, and in additional countries from September 2020. However, Evian is on a mission to become ‘fully circular’ by 2025; making all its bottles from recycled plastic in this fashion, to prevent ocean plastic pollution and minimise waste.
Mastercard Launches Sustainable Card Program
Mastercard has developed a global sustainable credit card program to cut down on the company’s use of single use plastics. Replacing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, currently used for manufacturing cards, with recyclable bio-sourced, chlorine-free, and degradable alternatives, Mastercard aims to make discarded cards less harmful to the environment.
Looking to the future, the company hopes to launch a global certification scheme for approved sustainable cards, to normalise environmentally friendly practises worldwide, and to further reduce its chemical and carbon footprint.