Weekly Link Roundup - February 13, 2017

Hoping you all enjoy Valentine’s Day tomorrow, regardless of how you celebrate! Today, we’ve got an eclectic collection of links, from news about big companies like Ikea and Unilever taking inspiring steps towards a greener future, to unsettling news from the bottom of the ocean. Read on for more!

  • Ikea Launches Kitchen Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
    • Ikea’s latest kitchen series, Kungsbacka, are not only made from reclaimed industrial wood, but also from recycled plastic bottles. Each kitchen unit uses twenty-five recycled plastic bottles in its coating.
  • How to Cook Rice to Remove the Most Arsenic
    • It’s not news that there are trace levels of naturally occurring arsenic in rice. If you love rice, however and want to reduce your exposure, here’s how to cook it to remove the most arsenic.
  • Unilever’s Game Changing Decision to Reveal Fragrance Ingredients
    • “Industry giant Unilever has decided to buck the trend in announcing a new initiative to provide detailed information on fragrance ingredients for all products in its multibillion-dollar portfolio of personal care brands, including Dove, Noxzema, Lever 2000 and NEXXUS.” Another inspiring announcement from the company that also announced its goals to use 100% renewable energy by 2030, and that all of its plastic packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
  • Instagram Generation is Fuelling UK Food Waste Mountain, Study Finds
    • “Those aged 18 to 34 are preoccupied by the visual presentation of food to photograph and share on social media while failing to plan meals, buying too much and then throwing it away.” The study is based in the UK, but probably applicable to most first world countries. Perhaps we need to start sharing photos of our meals completely finished along with the photos of them when they’re first served.
  • ‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Toxic Pollution Found in 10 km Deep Mariana Trench
    • Scientists have found “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the deepest part of the ocean: the Mariana Trench, 10 km below sea level. “Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.”  If animals in one of the most remote locations in the world are affected by pollution, how safe is our own backyard?

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