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Good news alert! 6 positive things that happened this week

·3 min read
Photo credit: Boris SV - Getty Images
Photo credit: Boris SV - Getty Images

A little bit of good news goes a long way in cutting through less encouraging headlines and lifting our spirits. Here, we round-up six good things that have happened this week (from Monday 11th October), to make you smile, laugh and feel hopeful...

StreetVet launches range of beautiful Christmas cards to support pet homelessness

Photo credit: StreetVet
Photo credit: StreetVet

Pet charity StreetVet has collaborated with sustainable small paper business Lil Wabbit for a range of Christmas cards, gift tags and wrapping paper that will support pets and owners experiencing homelessness.

Featuring eight beautiful hand-painted portraits of some of the charity's registered pet patients, the festive range will donate 50% of all sales towards StreetVet to help provide essential veterinary care for these pets.According to Homeless Hub, approximately one in 10 people experiencing homelessness have pets, with many hostels operating a no-dogs policy when providing accommodation. Life on the streets makes it difficult to access fundamental vet care, which is why sales of these cards will support an owner in need.


Sainsbury's reduces plastic for Halloween

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Photo credit: yulkapopkova - Getty Images

Sainsbury’s has significantly reduced the amount of plastic used across its range of decorative Halloween items for 2021. This includes eliminating plastic lamination from its paper plates and bowls range, redesigning trick or treat buckets to be made using paper instead of plastic and removing plastic from wreaths, signs and lights. The move means Sainsbury’s is eliminating over 15 tonnes of plastic from circulation – a scary figure in itself!


Sherwood Forest welcomes first ever ranger robot dog

Photo credit: Birmingham City University
Photo credit: Birmingham City University

The first ever ranger robot dog has been unveiled as the latest addition to Nottinghamshire’s legendary woodland, Sherwood Forest. It's part the world’s first 5G Connected Forest project, which using cutting edge technology to boost tourism and help protect the environment.

Designed by Birmingham City University, the prototype, remote-controlled, dog-shaped robot will gather data from areas which are usually inaccessible. This will make those areas easy to monitor and assess in terms of the health and condition of the forest environment.


Climate action increases life expectancy

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Photo credit: Boris SV - Getty Images

A new report by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society has found that taking action against the climate crisis would also increase life expectancy. The researchers found that improving insulation in homes could prevent 50,000 premature deaths a year and that reducing red and processed meat consumption could increase average life expectancy by eight months.

Lead researchers, Professor Sir Andy Haines, said: “This report brings us some profoundly good news: the choices we make individually and as a society to prevent climate change will also improve our health with the potential to reduce the pressure on our overburdened health services.”


France banned plastic on fruit and veg

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Photo credit: DigiPub - Getty Images

It's good news for french shoppers as the government have officially banned plastic packaging on a list of 30 fruit and vegetables. All retailers now have one year to find an alternative. It is thought this drastic change will save one billion pieces of single-use plastic from being produced every year, in France.

The government said in a statement: “We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives. [This] law aims to cut back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging.”


Former Lake District home of Beatrix Potter now available to rent

Photo credit: Savills
Photo credit: Savills

Beatrix Potter's former Lake District home is now available to rent in Ambleside, Cumbria, on behalf of the National Trust.

Castle Cottage is a charming Grade II listed property where the famous children's author lived after her marriage to solicitor William Heelis in 1913. Sitting in a secluded corner of the quaint village of Near Sawrey, the property has five homely bedrooms, three bathrooms and an extension with French windows — designed by Beatrix herself.


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