In Waai Weekly Impact we bring you the good news. Each week we curate three stories about positive impact worth sharing. See how others from all around the world inspire to make a difference.

This startup turns hills into giant batteries

Source: FastCompany

A U.K.-based startup called RheEnergise is working on a new way to store energy, making use of gravity on hills. Instead of using water like a damn does, the new system pumps a fluid that’s two and a half times denser, which means that it can store the same amount of energy on a smaller hill. It also has less impact on the environment and can be built faster and used on smaller hills.

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How Unilever builds a more equitable and inclusive society

Source: Unilever

This week we attended a talk by Unilever’s sustainability officer Benelux, Anniek Mauser. She spoke about Unilever’s global purpose: “Making a sustainable living commonplace”. In line with their purpose, Unilever recently announced a series of far-reaching commitments, such as providing a living wage to all their stakeholders and spending 2 billion annually on suppliers from under-represented groups.

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Sweden is taking back parking spaces to improve urban living

Source: The Guardian

A pop-up public space is part of a Swedish urban experiment known as the “one-minute city” that gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists. They’ve been appearing around the country as part of a government project called Street Moves, which aims to investigate what happens when cars are displaced, and how every street in Sweden could be healthy, sustainable and vibrant by 2030.

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